March 25 2008 11:41PM
Weird... it took the Minnesota media to really put things into perspective for me, with this article from the Star Tribune (discovered using the Nation's handy news aggregator). Here's a nice excerpt:
"Six weeks ago, the Oilers sat in 14th place in the Western Conference with 59 points. Today, after winning 12 of 15, they are 10th with 83 points —three behind Colorado and Vancouver."
However you slice it, the Oil have had an unreal stretch run to the end of the season. With five games to go, and a tight race between Vancouver, Nashville, Colorado and Edmonton, the next two weeks will prove to be heart-wrenching in the same way that Old Yeller is heart-wrenching. Except in this scenario, the Oilers are rabies. Because they're winning.
OK, that particular metaphor got away from me. But you get the idea.