Thursday, September 22, 2011

Waiting for One More and Looking Forward

Keegan Lowe was back at practice for the Edmonton Oil Kings this afternoon.  It's just three days away from the opener in Red Deer on Sunday afternoon, and the Kings are waiting on just one player from NHL camps.  The lone player still away is forward Michael St. Croix, a 4th round pick of the New York Rangers.  There are rumblings that St. Croix will suit up for the Broadway Blueshirts on Friday when they face the New Jersey Devils.  There is a possibility the he could still be back in Edmonton in time to join his WHL teammates for their season opener. 

The Kings have a tough test early in the upcoming season.  Just two of their first ten games are at Rexall Place.  Edmonton opens with a two game road trip, in Red Deer on Sunday afternoon, and in Prince Albert on Wednesday.  They open the home portion of the sked on Friday September 30th against Oiler prospect Tyler Bunz and the Medicine Hat Tigers.  Both teams will travel south after the tilt and hook up again at the Arena in the 'Hat the following night.  The Kings will look to earn their first victory in Medicine Hat in modern franchise history (0-13). 

Edmonton returns home on the 5th of October to face the defending WHL Champions, the Kootenay Ice.  Then it's a good old Western League roadie, 5 games in 6 nights, in 3 provinces.  The Kings have their first visit to the brand new Mosiac Place in Moose Jaw, followed by stops in Saskatoon, Swift Current, Lethbridge, and Kootenay.  It's a tough test early in the season.