Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Game Day: Oil in Ottawa

The Sens will look to keep pace with the Penguins in the final game of starter Ray Emery's suspension. The Wounded Baby Bird / Gerbatross will be between the pipes, and is 0-3 lifetime against Edmonton (despite not half bad stats in those games: 1.34 / 0.938).

Gerber has been anything but confidence inspiring. On Saturday's second Atlanta goal on Saturday, he displayed his signature move of closing his eyes and praying for the puck to him (despite a glaring short side). A technique you might expect if you threw me out there in front of a Glen Metropolit shot, not from a $3.7M professional goaltender.

The Oil have always performed well in the Sen's barn, going 5-1-0 (plus 2 ties - remember those?) in the last 8 visits. Facing a desperate road team, Coach Brian Murray may be in tough for his 600th win, however, if the Oiler's D continue to fail miserably at making outlet passes, the Sens should feast on the opportunities provided by a strong forecheck.

Prediction 7-3 Sens (Fish and Schaef with a pair each, Heat, Meszaros and goal-suck Comrie with singles). Oilerz get to Gerber early, but eventually roll over under a sustained attack. Fantanking commences in earnest.

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