Tonight, the Edmonton Oilers face the Phoenix Coyotes, and I’m not saying this game is do or die, but this game is do or die.
And not just for the Oilers! Edmonton’s record, currently, is 16-16-7, with 39 points. Phoenix’s is 17-16-6, with 40. Jordan Eberle said it best today in his presser when he proclaimed that, if the Oilers want to stay in the playoff race, they “have to win every game”. (He also used the phrase “do or die”. That wasn’t just me being dramatic. )
The Oilers have been known to either thrive under this kind of pressure (see: their recent five game win streak) or completely self-destruct (see: their recent three game loss streak).
So what do you guys think? Can the Oilers pull out a win tonight over Phoenix and keep themselves in their attempt at the playoff race? Or are they going to have another penalty-taking meltdown?
I’ll be back tomorrow, after I dissect tonight’s game, with my thoughts on how this season has gone for the Oilers, and what areas I think still need improvement if they’re going to be a playoff-team, much less a contender for the Cup.