The bloodied and battered part isn’t anything we haven’t seen before — the Oilers always wear a path in the carpet to the trainer’s room.
But this unbowed stuff? That’s new.
Though they’ve been hit by a ridiculous run of injuries that began claiming victims before the season even started, none of the damage has proven fatal.
They’re somehow stayin’ alive, still in the mix for eighth.
“We’ve done a good job of sticking in there with guys out,” said netminder Devan Dubnyk, who’s had 10 of his teammates sidelined with injuries either in the off-season or in the first two weeks of this season.
“We’ve been able to get points and keep ourselves in a playoff position so when we do get our guys back, we can go straight up.”
A point here, an OTL there, they keep scratching and clawing at the side of the pool, keeping their noses just above water.
Lose Ryan Jones, Andy Sutton. Theo Peckham and Nikolai Khabibulin before the puck even drops for Game 1, and lose Ben Eager shortly thereafter?
They go 3-2 in their first five games.
Lose Eric Belanger, Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Anton Lander and Marc Fistric in a span of three games?
Steal points in two of them.
Now, a point here and a point there is no way to make a living, but we’ve seen enough Oilers teams sink to the bottom when guys start getting hurt to appreciate a team that’s still fighting.
“You can look at it two ways: we have five points in the last six games, but on the other side you have four in a row where you haven’t been able to win,” said head coach Ralph Krueger, adding he’s never going to be satisfied with overtime and shootout losses, but given the circumstances he’s OK with where the team is situated.
“After the ups and downs and all arounds, and some strange injuries, we’re sitting in a pretty good spot. If we’re in this spot in 20 games, that’s where we want to be, in the hunt or above the hunt.
Despite massive injuries, Edmonton Oilers still find ways to squeak through with points
Edmonton Sun | Feb 9