A game the Edmonton Oilers had in the bank before they even left the ice Saturday night in Calgary played out exactly how everyone knew it would, with a team that just got spanked on national television taking out its frustrations on the last place club in the NHL.
There was absolutely zero chance Edmonton was losing this game. This was such an automatic the Oilers might as well have played their victory song, “La Bamba,” instead of the national anthems.
What it all means is open to interpretation, somewhere between ‘beating an Arizona Coyotes team playing the second of back-to-back games doesn’t undo what happened in Calgary,’ and, ‘the Oilers have righted their ship after an uncharacteristic flop in Cowtown.’
However you chose to categorize things, torching the lowly Coyotes 6-1 Monday at Rogers Place was some much needed catharsis after surrendering nine even-strength goals in their most humbling defeat in years.