Tonight the Bugs play the Tulsa Oilers and begin a three game home stand.
An Interesting Stat: the Oilers are a combined -65 in the +/- category, while the 'Bugs are only at -1, despite having a worse record. The almighty Jeff Christian has just three assists (no goals) and has a plus minus rating of -8. Joe Ori and Daniel Pegoraro are both at +4 on the season. Joe has three goals on the season, which is tied for the team lead with Chris Brassard and Tyrel Lucas. Brass scored all of his goals in the home opener—he needs to get back to scoring goals if the Bugs want to have success this season. I'm not saying he needs to score hat tricks night in and night out, but a goal every other game or so would be nice. We don't have to rely on him to carry us, but he has to contribute consistently.
St Pierre: Just checked the waiver wire on pointstreak and he hasn't been put back on the roster list for Tulsa, so I'm guessing he isn't going to play. The former Mudbug and member of the all-decade team was granted a leave of absence by the league (I believe there was a death in his family).
Attendance: The last three crowds have been below 4,000, I'm hoping that streak ends tonight.
Goalie? John Decaro was in net for the team's first win on Saturday. Ken Carroll played well in net the night before, but the offense gave him no help whatsoever and the Bugs lost 3-0 (3rd goal was an empty netter). I've got a feeling Johnny will be rewarded for his stellar play on the road with a start tonight at home.
Heated History: At the end of last season, the Bugs and Oilers played about six times in three weeks and there was: a goalie fight, a forward on goalie fight, an 8-0 beat down at the CTC (smirk) and all kinds of chippy play in those six meetings. I wonder if that will carry over to this season at all. My guess is no, because Tulsa has a lot of new players from last season and so do we. But ya never know.
My Prediction: Bugs win 5-2 with Johnny in net for the 'Bugs and Chalmers in net for the Oilers. Karlis Zirnis with the game winner.