- Peckham and Eager are still listed as injured for this game, but there's a chance the latter could play tonight. Peckham has been sent to OKC for conditioning.
- Fistric misses his first opportunity to play the only other NHL team he's played for because of a back injury he suffered in Monday's game against the Canucks.
- I think Hemsky could have a big game tonight. He always seems to shine when his buddy Jaromir Jagr is on the other bench. The last time Jagr was in town, Hemsky's name was in trade rumours. He didn't find his way onto the scoresheet that night, but he I still felt he had a great game (almost scored the game's first goal, but Bryzgalov made an unbelievable save).
- I can always tell when this board starts getting down on the team because it's usually the day I log into HFboards on gameday and find there's no GDT. Hopefully we play so well tonight that we see 4 or 5 GDTs posted around 12:01am Saturday morning.
EDIT - Oh yeah...GO OILERS!!!
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Depends what you consider respectable. On our forwards, Hemsky, Smyth and maybe Gagner are the only players with a decent amount of experience under their belts.
These are short term stop gaps (1-2 weeks) for the most part and considering they are 4 injuries deep on the front end right now and are just getting to a callup like arcobello says something. Previous years a guy like this would have been a second choice callup. Apart from him every guy in the lineup (forwards) is capable of playing in the NHL on a full time basis in the future.
Is it ideal, no but it is an improvement on previous years.