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Oilers Watch: Down the stretch they come

I’d say it looks like the Oilers are looking good to make the post-season, but being as aware of fan superstition and hate mail as I am, I won’t pronounce them playoff locks until the standings confirm it.

The Oilers have won four of their past 10 games. If they want to play past mid-April, they’ll have to win at least four of their nine remaining regular-season matchups. How likely is that? Let’s take a gander.

March 26 at Phoenix: The Coyotes bottomed out after the All-Star Game and won’t make the playoffs. Will The Oilers Win This? Does a hobbyhorse have wooden genitalia? Of course and of course.

March 27 at Anaheim:
The Oilers will play their second game in as many nights against a Ducks squad also on the post-season bubble. Will The Oilers Win This? Edmonton’s road record is better than their home mark, however, this one probably goes to Anaheim.

March 29 vs. Minnesota: The Wild beat Edmonton in three of five games this year, but their road record is abysmal and they appear ready for golf season. Will The Oilers Win This? Absolutely.

March 31 vs. Anaheim: Former Oiler Mathieu Garon was in net for Edmonton’s only win over Anaheim this year. Hear that, Dwayne Roloson? Will The Oilers Win This? If Edmonton beats Anaheim on the 27th, I’m saying they lose this one. If they fall to the Ducks that night, they should exact revenge this time.

April 2 vs. San Jose: A home win? Against the amazing Sharks? C’mon, now. Will The Oilers Win This? Nope.

April 4 vs. Vancouver: This game isn’t in Vancouver, where the Canucks have become beasts. Will The Oilers Win This? Yes – especially if Vancouver rests some regulars after securing a playoff spot.

April 7 vs. Los Angeles: Edmonton beat L.A. in two of three games this year. If the Kings even the series, the Oilers are in trouble. Will The Oilers Win This? They’d better.

April 10/11 vs./at Calgary: A home-and-home series against the hated Flames, who the Oilers have split four games with so far this year? I smell another split to end the season. Will The Oilers Win This? Yes for the first game, no for the second.

This column also appears in the Edmonton Metro newspaper.

Adam Proteau is writer and columnist for The Hockey News and a regular contributor to His blog appears Mondays, his Ask Adam feature appears Fridays and his column, Screen Shots, appears Thursdays.

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