The stats update is done-next update of stats is early February, although I might add some stuff between now and then. Jussi is just a goal away from surpassing Patrick Lalime as the goalie who’s allowed the most goals compared to his expected ES goals against this year. Conklin’s even worse than that if you look at it as a rate. The discerning fan should note Kolzig’s steady fall-he’s now barely above league average. While Lowe obviously needs to make a move, I can understand why he’s a bit hesitant to do something like that-it’s gotta be tough to consider paying a guy $2.5MM for average play for the rest of the season. I was correct on the Oilers playoff odds, by the way-73.5% entering last night. Assuming that the Oilres consider something like this, I’d expect Lowe to continue sitting on his hands. Edmonton fans excused bad hockey for 10 years due to the whole CBA thing; surely they’ll accept another 20 games of lousy goaltending. If anyone gets uppity, the EIG can just threaten to leave town.
Quote of the year so far in relation to Oiler goaltending belongs to MacT on his decision to start Jussi last night “I just feel more comfortable with him in this situation. Jussi hasn’t started a lot of home games in the last number of games. I fully expect him to play well.” To paraphrase Lisa Simpson, I know those words but that quote makes no sense. Jussi hasn’t started a lot at home so we’ll start him here? That’s what drives the goalie decisions at this point? “He hasn’t sucked in this location recently.”
All this and the team is 4 points out of the division lead.