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Are the Oilers, like, good now?

Oct 30, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers won their fifth straight Sunday night with a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Rexall Arena. The win pushed the Oilers’ record to 7-2-2, their 16 points good for first place in the Western Conference.

Not too shabby for a team that finished last overall in 2010-11.

Edmonton’s strong start begs the question…are the Oilers, like, good now?

The knee-jerk answer is no, they are not good now. Unless you think:

—- Nikolai Khabibulin, 38, can win the Vezina with the greatest stats in modern hockey history.

—- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (18 years old), Taylor Hall (19), and Jordan Eberle (21) can supply half the team’s offense all season.

—- Ryan Smyth, 35, can stay healthy and keep contributing.

—- Shawn Horcoff’s rebirth is legit.

—- A back end getting big minutes from the likes of Tom Gilbert, Corey Potter, Jeff Petry, Ladislav Smid and Cam Barker can maintain the NHL’s best goals-against average.

—- It makes absolutely no difference the Oilers played eight of their first 11 at home.

Edmonton heads out on a six-game road trip starting Thursday in Los Angeles, with subsequent stops in Phoenix, Montreal, Boston, Detroit and Chicago. If you’re a bookie, you’re making the Oilers underdogs in all six games.

Indeed, it could all come crashing down for Edmonton in the next two weeks. However, it’s worth noting they predicted the demise of the 2009-10 Colorado Avalanche – a team with a number of similarities to the 2011-12 Oilers – all season long and the Avs held on to make the playoffs.

  1. bluesrawesome - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    THE Oilers looked real good aginst us (Blues) tonight. We had a bad second period but its not like the Blues played that bad. Also the Oilers were missing three of their reguler reguler. Hhabibulin also loosed real good and Ryan Nugent Hopkins is the real deal and made a really really nice pass for the first Edmonton goal. I wouldn’t doubt the Oilers they are loaded with tons of talent.

    • bluesrawesome - Oct 31, 2011 at 12:19 AM

      Danphipps01 I KNOW ITs been crazy seem like all the good teams are doing teribble with a few exceptions ex. Washinton Capitals and the terribale teams r doing great and some teams in the middle ex. St.Louis. Blues (sadly)

  2. danphipps01 - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    At this point, I’m not taking anything for granted. Last year’s finalists are both playing like absolute shit and the Leafs, Sens (after rebounding from initial difficulties), Panthers, Avs and Oilers are smacking everyone around so hard a newcomer to the sport would ask which one of them won the Cup last year. Seriously, for the first twelve games it’s been an almost polar reversal of which teams are hot and which ones can’t get it going. Odds are it’ll even out in the next seventy, but still – I’m content not to make bets as long as hockey’s hyperextended Opposite Day is still going on.

  3. bluesrawesome - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    *reguler d men

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 31, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Idk if they are legitimate but they sure are fun to watch. If you like hockey, watch the Oilers. Thank God for Center Ice. I get to watch the young guns out here on the East Coast. I can see why the city of Edmonton is excited about their boys.

  5. imleftcoast - Oct 31, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    You wouldn’t want to play these guys as an eighth seed in the playoffs. I don’t expect the Canucks to finish first, but I totally could see them blowing their season by underestimating the Oilers. I vary that doomsday scenario with the one of playing the Blackhawks for the fourth year in a row with the Kawks hot for revenge. It’s great being a Canucks fan.

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