Forgive me if I am off toppic. By reading Edmonton Sun and Edmonton Journal, I, again, witness MacT's old yet ineffective way to motivate his players: point fingers at the team if not a few players.
This way MacT may be able to rub some of players' ego, but for long term, the players will gradually lose respect to their coach. Had I ever seen MacT taking any repsonsible for the team's bad stretch. He always regards as "they", "you", "him"....I am sick of this strategy.
I have watched the History channel about Glen Sather. Everyone agreed that he had success with Oilers because he knows how to deal with each individual player. Each player is a unique, and needs to be treated differently, psychologically...and he always stood up for his players.
Although Sather does not have much success lately, but I see 2 coaches are so different. and of course, the result is what we have seen 2, 3 years, and now.
MacT has played under Sather, Keenan, and many other coaches, and he should have been better than Sather if not as equal. I am not talking the level of players they have, but the way they motivate, the way they drive to success...New year, I hope MacT will find something new that works for his squad. But the new year articles make me so disappointed.
Maybe MacT won't call anyone out because of what happen with 89? Not that there are any current Oilers who would ask to be traded after a bit of critizism.
The Oilers are unbeaten in their last 7 at XCel. Last time the Oilers blanked Minny 2-0. I think we'll see a strong showing from York and Brewer, and is Tommy starting tonight? For whatever reason the Oilers have always owned Minnesota. I expect to see the trend continues with a final of 3-1 Oil.
I think I might have to go with Minnesota on this one. Losing Smith is going to hurt us, a team that lately has had problems with emotion and showing desperation. York is also questionable after hurting his back. 2-1 Minnesota, Smyth scores for us.
I'm excited to see Luoma in again - I think games 5-10 for him will be the true indicators of what we can expect out of him this season. As far as the score I'll say 3-1 Oilers with Brewer, Dvorak, and Horcoff scoring.