The day many Oilers fans were waiting for has come—Rob Schremp is playing in the NHL.
And unlike the other three games he played, he should be getting significant minutes in replacing the injured Robert Nilsson.
The Oilers are in desperate need of offense. They have scored only 60 goals this year, which is equal to only 2.6 goals per game. They have also lost three of their last four games, and a loss tonight moves them down to last place. Not very good for a team that was expected to challenge for the division crown based on their offensive prowess.
The Stars haven't been much better, with a 9-11-4 record, last in the NHL. They have won their last two games, one of which was a 4-3 victory over the Oilers. The Stars have well underperformed, going from the final four last year to last place this year. But a third straight win tonight could be just what the doctor ordered.
The Oilers need to come out in the first period and play a whole 60 minutes. Once they learn to do this, instead of their routine of starting slow, falling behind, and then trying to catch-up is not working.
Coach Mactavish has tried to add energy guys such as Liam Reddox and Tom Sestito, but it wasn't enough. Now it's Schremp's turn to try and jump start the struggling Sam Gagner.
If he can get Gagner back to last season's form, then maybe Rob will finally have arrived.