I actually think that the Oilers still have a good shot at the playoffs. It all relies on the next 10 games though. Pretty much all the the teams we play are bad: 17-17-7 Lost 3 in a row Most recent game 5-1 loss vs Penguins 18-21-3 Lost 3 of last 4 Lost 6 of last 7 vs Oilers 23 - 14 - 6 Good record, but Eichel injury has them struggling to score. 20 - 21 - 4 Lost 3 of last 4 Most recent game 5-0 loss vs Toronto Injury to Petterson, leading scorer. 28-13-4 Good team, but Oilers always show up against them Lost 8 of last 11 vs Oilers 20-17-5 Not a bad team, but definitely beatable. We usually get depth scoring against them - most recently a 7-3 win, with McDavid mustering just 1 assist. 16-22-7 Won 1 of last 8 Dropped 3 of last 4 vs Oilers 15-22-6 League-worst goaltending 8 game losing streak 23-16-5 Soft team that struggles VS West Lost last game vs Oilers 7-2 16-22-18 1-4 in their last 5 Awful defense, bad goaltending with Crawford out long term. All of these games seem very winnable. If we can win 7 of those 10, we should probably have a wild card spot. I don't see the playoffs as a long shot at all considering this stretch of games. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ As for the GDT itself... I had one idea in mind: to neutralize the opponent before the Oilers play them. I've got a feeling it will spark a winning streak. So the Panther will get shot and Barkov will get squashed. Projected Lines: Chiasson - McDavid - Draisaitl Lucic - Nuge - Puljujarvi Rieder - Khaira - Kassian Spooner - Brodziak - Rattie Jones - Larsson Nurse - Russell Gravel - Benning (Petrovic out, concussion) Talbot Huberdeau - Barkov - Dadonov Vatrano - Borgstrom - Hoffman Brouwer - McCann - Malgin Hawryluk - Lammiko - Sceviour Yandle - Ekblad Matheson - Pysyk Kiselevich - Weegar Riemer ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GOilers!!! EDIT: I just watched highlights of the Panthers last 3 games, and my god they are a mess. Yandle's playing like trash, and Luongo can't save a beach ball. Their PP is awful, they leak more chances against than they create. Offense isn't bad though, we should watch out for their top line. Defense is a mess overall. Edit 2: Riemer starting Edit 3: Lines, Talbot starting.