The Brass of the Ottawa Senators announced earlier this week that the team will shed some contracts, and become the newest club looking to re-build. Most notably was the release of Mike Fisher, who was traded to the Nashville Predators for picks and perhaps a bag o' pucks. Needless to say the club in recent weeks has lost 11 of their last 18 games, coupled with a large array of injuries, including the absence of Daniel Alfredsson.
The Senators have plummeted to 29th spot in the league and have an embarrassing 17-30-8 record while our valiant Oilers are not much better with just 16 wins and 30 losses.
The Oilers are coming off of a 4-1 loss to the struggling Blackhawks and will be looking to take advantage of the Senators' slide. Tomorrow, the Oilers may take to the ice without their Captain who is struggling with an ailment. Horcoff, did not part-take in the morning practice since after coming down bronchitis and a stomach-flu. Acting Head Coach Ralph Krueger, is hopeful to pencil in the veteran.
"He's definitely a question mark. Being out again today with a little bit of a flu and bronchitis, we'll see how it goes," said Krueger. "It's the kind of thing where he's very questionable for tomorrow.
With the possible absence of Horcoff, net-minder (brace yourselves), Nikolai Khabibulin will be present to take the crease.
The Rusty Russian hasn't produced a win since Dec 16th 2010 December (13 straight losses and counting actually).
"Maybe overreacting a little bit or not letting the game come to me but I just have to battle through and hopefully tomorrow will be the day," said the Bulin Wall Friday
"You want to help the team do anything you can to win the game. It's no different with any goalie, myself included. Tomorrow I'm going to start and I'm going to try and do that."
The stage is set for tomorrow. 11am start on CBC.