Edmonton Oilers Skyrocket From 15th To 12th in West in One Night

December 4th, 2009 by Jim Parsons Leave a reply »
The sky is falling in Edmonton, or at least that's what fans, writers, and popular opinion around the city seems to suggest.

That is, until the Oilers laid a beating on last year's Stanley Cup finalist Detroit Red Wings.

Edmonton was simply a better team, out-shooting the Red Wings in every period, out-working the Red Wings' players, especially their goaltenders. This looked like a Detroit team currently sitting on the outside of the playoffs looking in. But, this did not look like an Oiler team at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

So what gives?

How can a team full of injuries, lacking superstars, and full of AHL players beat a team with elite talent like that of the Detroit Red Wings?


It's been a long time since the Oilers can say they produced the kind of "crust" Pat Quinn said this team would have. With the return of Ryan Stone, JF Jacques, and the emergence of Ryan Potulny and Gilbert Brule, the Oilers finally seemed to come out with the attitude that, to win this game, they'd have to do the things Detroit wasn't willing to do.

For Edmonton to be successful in spite of th ...

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