College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the ‘City of Champions’ as they battle the Edmonton Oilers tonight at the Rexall Place. Unfortunately for Oilers’ fans there haven’t been that many titles to cheer about lately. Edmonton is in a rebuilding phase focused on developing young skilled players who are to make the team more competitive in the future. As Leaf fans can attest, its a roller coaster ride when your team is rebuilding. Ride now Edmonton is in a dip. They’ve lost seven straight games and have only scored one goal in each of their last three loses. Edmonton is also dealing with some major injuries. They lost Ales Hemsky (22 points in 22 games) for the season, while starting goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin (18 games started) and forwards Mike Comrie (16 games played) and Fernando Pisani (6 games played) are all on injured reserve. On the bright side the Oilers are finally starting to see what forward Dustin Penner can do. He leads the team in goals (19) and assists (19). Penner has already surpassed his point total for all of last season. The Leafs are coming off a big 4-3 win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. They game looked to be headed for OT before Ian White blasted a puck past Marc Andre Fleury in the dying minutes to give Toronto the win. White has three goals in the last four games. Joining him on a scoring streak is forward Jason Blake. Blake has scored in back-to-back games and has nine goals and 15 assists on the season. One guy who’s struggling to find the back of the net is Phil Kessel. The last time Kessel scored was back on December 16 against the Phoenix Coyotes. In fact that’s the last time he’s registered a point.