The Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars have faced each other a lot in the playoffs in the past but, unfortunately for the Oilers, it’s usually the Stars who come out on top.
From 1997-2003, the Oilers and Stars met each other six times in the post-season. Edmonton won the first showdown in an epic seven-game upset in ’97, but lost each of the next five times they played.
Considering where the Oilers are now, those were the good ol’ days.
Tuesday, Edmonton visited Dallas and were trying to end a six-game losing streak and bounce back from an ugly 7-1 home loss to Chicago, which ended with the team being mercilessly booed off their own ice.
Sitting behind the Dallas bench was at least one disgruntled Oilers fan with a great sense of humour. Forget Stanley Cup aspirations, this guy just wants to lose in the playoffs and drew up one of the best signs of the year to advertise it.
Amid rumours that coach Dallas Eakins is on the hot seat and that the Oilers want to trade, just not one of their young core players, it seems perfectly clear only one change would appease the increasingly unsettled Oilers faithful.
And that’s a change in the front office.
The Oilers lost again Tuesday, 3-2. And, well, Viktor Fasth let in a goal from near the red line.