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Ron Low


C - Doug Weight Todd Marchant, Rem Murray, Boyd Devereaux, Josef Beranek. LW - Dean McAmmond, Mats Lindgren, Ryan Smyth, Kelly Buchberger. RW - Bill Guerin, Mike Grier, Andrei Kovalenko, Pat Falloon, Kevin Brown. D - Sean Brown, Roman Hamrlik, Craig Millar, Boris Mironov, Frank Musil, Janne Niinimaa, Tom Poti, Marty McSorley. G - Bob Essensa, Mikhail Shtalenkov.


Doug Weight, c, (injured knee, 10-12 weeks (ouch)); Marty McSorley, d, (injured shoulder, six weeks).




10/28 Washington   W 8-2
10/31 Pittsburgh   W 4-1   
11/02 Vancouver    W 5-3       
11/04  Nashville   W 3-2    
11/06  Colorado    L 5-2
11/08  at Chicago  W 3-2


Northwest Division  GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   
  Edmonton          13   8   5   0    16   46   34   
  Vancouver         13   6   6   1    13   40   34   
  Calgary           13   5   6   2    12   34   36   
  Colorado          13   4   8   1     9   32   44


by Aubrey Chau, Edmonton Correspondent

Doug Weight Injured!

Weight quickly signs with the Oilers and then is quickly injured. His ACL was torn during the Washington game, where he was taken out of the play on a clean hit by Mark Tinordi. Luckily enough, he'll only be out a few months, rather than the worse case scenario which would have been the whole season.

Weight? Who needs him?

Fortunately, the Oilers have been doing just dandy since Weight went down. Counting the 8-2 win over the Capitals the night he was injured, the Oilers have gone one a four-game winning streak and are 5-1 in their last six games.

Other Oilers have been picking up the slack, most notably Billy Guerin, Joe Beranek and Boris Mironov.

Guerin is leading the league with 10 goals in 13 games. At this pace, he'll hit 63 goals, not bad.and all without Doug Weight. Joe Beranek has kept up his pace since he rejoined the Oilers, with 14 points in 11 games. Right now, he's a big part of the Oilers' puzzle. But be weary, he's known to be a streaky player and can just stop producing at anytime.

Mironov has come back from cleaning up his personal problems and has really cleaned up on the ice. He's third in Oiler scoring with 12 points in 10 games, and has really shown himself to be the leading force on the Oilers' blue line. He's tied with Al MacInnis in scoring among defencemen.

Line Combos

Right now, the top line consists of Beranek centering Guerin and Andrei Kovalenko -- a very productive line right now. Mats Lindgren with Pat Falloon and Rem Murray is virtually interchangeable with another line of Todd Marchant, Dean McAmmond and Mike Grier. Up until the Chicago game, Kevin Brown, Boyd Devereaux and Kelly Buchberger have made a very effective fourth line for the Oilers. But Brown was scratched against the `Hawks, and Ryan Smyth played on that line in his place.

Other Stuff

The rumor circulating right now would see the Oilers and the Philadelphia Flyers swapping Ryan Smyth and Dainius Zubrus. It's not out of the question. Both Smyth and Zubrus are struggling big time. Smyth could really use a change of scenery, especially since Low has him stuck on the fourth line. Apparently, Zubrus is more likely to head to Calgary in a deal for Theoren Fleury. We'll see how this develops soon, although Glen Sather isn't in any rush to make any deals now with the way the team is going.

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