Kris Russell should stay in the lineup as a 7th defensemen in my opinion, as there are 6 better Dmen in front of him - Nurse, Ceci, Bouchard, Barrie, Kulak and Broberg (him over Keith any day). I'd actually take Russell over Keith too.Definitely seems like some good chemistry from this group now and the lines Woodcroft has solidified and certainly solid goaltending.
I also hope Chris Russell continues to stay in the line up and performs well - always been one of my favorite Oilers.
The 7D format seems to be working well with McDavid and Drai getting extra time on 4th line.
Also good to see Nurse turning it around after a rough stretch and some uncharacteristic mistakes.
That's the reality of a Canadian market, in which the NHL club is the Cadillac franchise. This is why a lot of players and managers prefer to ply their trade in a U.S. city where the NHL is much lower on the pecking order.When it comes to sports, I sometimes think that Edmonton has more critics than it has fans. Is 'armchair quarterback' a term that can be applied to hockey?
I'm not saying that those cities don't support their teams, I'm saying that they are still WELL down on the pecking order. It's hard to argue that the Bruins are a more prestige property than the Celtics or Red Sox, or that the Rangers get more attention and love than the Knicks, Giants or Jets. The problem with U.S. markets is that the NHL is generally of less interest than the NFL (the sports goliath), the NBA or MLB, depending on the time of year.NYR is a serious market, as are Chicago and Boston.