Tonight's "NHL" game between Toronto and Edmonton is between the second last and last place teams in the NHL. The Maple Leafs are captain-less, set out on a rebuild that isn't based on dumb luck, while the Oilers "are serious this time, one more lotto pick then we'll buckle down and rebuild.", because it's always the 4th 1st overall pick that guarantees success.
Now that I shouted the basic info at you, let's go back to what we're here for, Mocking the Oilers. The Maple Leafs are heading to what is probably one of the least anticipated stops on the western road trip, Edmonton. Cold, desolate, Edmonton, in their ancient arena, in the middle of nowhere, at the same latitude as Siberia (or is it longitude? I always forget), but hey, they won cups only 25 years ago, not 50, so LOLOLOLOL LAFFS, right? Though everything will be saved once the Oilers move into the ICE DISTRICT, that new arena complex will make it all OK.
Unless you're an Edmonton taxpayer. Then you're screwed.
The Maple Leafs are coming off losses to Ottawa and Calgary, where the Oilers are coming off more losses and bad ones at that. But we're in the middle of Tank Wars 2016, so buckle up people, it's going to suck.
|Division Rank||Last - Atlantic||Last - Pacific|
|Conference||Last - East||Last - East|
|League||29th overall||30th overall|
|Goals +/-||125/149 = -24||137/167 = -30|
|Top Scorer||Leo Komarov 17G||Taylor Hall 18G|
|Top Points||Leo Komarov 33pts||Taylor Hall 50pts|
|Top Goalie||James Reimer .926sv%||Cam Talbot .912sv%|
Potential Line Ups via DailyFaceoff.com:
Taylor Hall - Leon Draisaitl - Teddy Purcell
Benoit Pouliot - Connor McDavid - Jordan Eberle
Iiro Pakarinen - Mark Letestu - Nail Yakupov
Zack Kassian - Matt Hendricks - Lauri Korpikoski
Andrej Sekera - Mark Fayne
Darnell Nurse - Justin Schultz
Brandon Davidson - Eric Gryba
Injured: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oscar Klefbom
Toronto: via @MarkHMasters
Michael Grabner - Peter Holland- Leo Komarov
Colin Greening- Mark Arcobello - P.A. Parenteau
Daniel Winnik - Nick Spaling - Brad Boyes
Josh Leivo - Byron Froese - Rich Clune
Matt Hunwick - Morgan Rielly
Jake Gardiner - Roman Polak
Martin Marincin - Frank Corrado
Injured: Nathan Horton, Stephane Robidas, James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Shawn Matthias, Joffrey Lupul
Bad as EDM has been this year, gotta figure Connor McDavid's and EDM shooters' eyes will light up when they see this Leaf lineup tonite.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 11, 2016
Jared Cowen to wear number 29 while Colin Greening gets 38. #TMLtalk— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) February 11, 2016
Kadri lower body will not play, Cowen's hips need loosening and he won't play tonight. Marincin and Corrado remain on 3rd pair. #TMLtalk— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) February 11, 2016
My Thoughts: I was going to recap the game but....