Not shedding is all the things.

OK. OK. I do know. I do know. The well-known quote didn’t go precisely like that.

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However Wednesday night in Vancouver for the Oilers and for Edmonton, it wasn’t profitable is all the things.

This night time, not shedding was all the things.

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There’s a distinction. Belief me on that.

Perhaps you need to dwell right here.

Most actually in case you work within the places of work of that large new palace on 104 Avenue downtown or dwell anyplace in Northern Alberta and put on shiny orange jerseys to the place on recreation nights, you get it.

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Wednesday earlier than the sport in Vancouver, I urged to a kind of individuals who works within the Edmonton Oilers places of work in Rogers Place that if the hockey staff misplaced later that night after which got here residence to lose to the Calgary Flames Saturday, I wouldn’t need to be round this city.

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“Me, both,” stated the worker.

“It’s an important stretch of hockey in two years.”


Edmonton Oilers left wing Jujhar Khaira (16) celebrates his purpose with teammate Darnell Nurse (25) throughout first interval NHL motion towards the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Enviornment, in Vancouver, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

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One thing to embrace

There was the potential for the entire season to explode Saturday night time on Hockey Night time In Canada in the event that they’d misplaced that one.

By not shedding Wednesday, that both has been diluted or delayed.

If the Oilers had been to have been declared deceased earlier than the All-Star break — and that’s nonetheless a chance in the event that they lose the following three — it could be troublesome to ponder what it could be like right here.

By not shedding to the Canucks within the additional time and shootout thriller, nonetheless, the Oilers are 3-1 for the seven-game stretch thus far and head residence for video games towards Calgary, Carolina and Detroit. And the temper and perspective will nearly actually be completely completely different heading into the Flames recreation.

As a substitute of one thing to dread, the Flames recreation has in a single day turn out to be one thing to embrace.

As a substitute of a funeral procession to Rogers Place Saturday for the sport towards the division leaders, there’s each motive to count on a playoff environment.

By recreation time, the anticipation degree with the gamers must be one thing to behold in a method a lot completely different than squeezing their sticks so arduous that there can be sawdust on the ice.

Not shedding Wednesday night time in Vancouver was all the things.

Edmonton out of the blue turns into the place to be.

Oilers in a wildcard playoff spot

When Alex Chiasson received it with the one purpose in 5 rounds of the shootout, the Oilers lastly broke their manic depressive, up-and-down-like-a-toilet-seat, win-one-lose-one, love-me, love-me-not run that adopted a six-game shedding streak.


Edmonton Oilers proper wing Alex Chiasson (39) celebrates his shootout game-winning purpose following NHL motion towards the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Enviornment, in Vancouver, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

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Immediately after one of many biggest overtimes you’re ever going to look at adopted by a compelling goaltender duel within the expertise competitors to comply with, the Oilers had been in a two-way tie with the Minnesota Wild for the ultimate wildcard playoff spot within the Western Convention. It out of the blue modified all the things from an Edmonton perspective, not less than going into the weekend.

In contrast to the sport in Vancouver, the Oilers received’t be taking to the ice Saturday with a noose round their neck.

Take a look at it this fashion. Wednesday in Vancouver was Sport four of the seven-game sequence — with six of them at residence — resulting in the 10-day NHL All-Star Break.

There are, you’ll determine, lots of people in Oilers Hockey Ops who’re fairly seemingly have been sporting nooses round their necks.

If the Oilers go 5-2 on this stretch, these nooses seemingly get loosened just a little.

In the event that they’d gone 2-5 and successfully eradicated themselves from the mad scramble to create Edmonton’s second look within the playoffs in 13 years, you understand the mantra from one finish of city to the opposite can be to string ‘em up.

No one within the Oilers group seemingly dodged a bullet in Vancouver.

Is Chiarelli secure?

To some, no matter what occurs subsequent, the 10-day break can be the proper time to fireplace a common manger that has misplaced the belief of the city.

Then again, there’s the proprietor and CEO in a possible disaster state of affairs on the primary wave of premier seat contracts in Rogers Place expiring. Possible Daryl Katz and Bob Nicholson are standing aspect by aspect sporting holstered six shooters aimed toward Peter Chiarelli and his accomplices like a few Yosemite Sam characters.


Edmonton Oilers proper wing Alex Chiasson (39) celebrates his recreation profitable shootout purpose with teammates following NHL motion towards the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Enviornment, in Vancouver, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

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THE CANADIAN PRESS

From an possession and OEG enterprise perspective the message and focus needs to be “Make The Playoffs — Interval.”

It’s no secret across the hockey world that the Oilers are open for enterprise providing a lottery-protected (2020 draft in the event that they fell into the draft lottery) 2019 first spherical draft choose and/or prospect to resolve their severe lack of scoring subject by gamers not named Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan-Nugent-Hopkins or Chiasson.

Not shedding one hockey recreation ought to not change that.

However what it does change is the temper and perspective heading into the Flames recreation for the followers.

As a substitute of the main focus being on the homeowners field and common supervisor’s bunker, it’ll all be on a hockey recreation. And will probably be a recreation you possibly can’t wait to attend.

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