Originally written on Lowetide  |  Last updated 4/22/12
The NHL starts up again tonight, it should be an exciting season in many cities across the league. Based on the media reports I've seen, three Canadian teams (Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto) will win the Stanley and there's probably 7 or 8 in the USA who feel the same way. Oiler fans have to wait until Sunday--they are the last team to pop the cork on the season--to play Pittsburgh. It won't be an ieal opening for fans, the blue is still beat up and I'd bet a 2-4 coach Renney starts Khabibulin in net for G1. The fun for Oiler fans this season will be the 20 or so games in which "firewagon hockey" returns to the NHL. I think there will be a lot of 4-1 losses and 5-2 L's, but the offense should be able to post some crooked numbers a few nights this season. IF all six of Hall, Eberle, Hemsky, Smyth, Omark, Paajarvi stay healthy this team should have a large jump in offense. During the RE series, I suggested this version of the Oilers will score 30 more goals than one year ago; that'...
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