Coach Renney believes his Oilers will make playoffs

Perhaps caught up in the recent excitement surrounding the Edmonton Oilers, coach Tom Renney has gone on record in predicting that they will make the playoffs. Heading towards Christmas there is a lot of optimism in the Cit Of Champions where they Oilers have gone 6-3-1 in their past 10 games but they reality is that they are a 12-14-5 and are eight points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. “Nothing would surprise me with this group at all, nothing at all,” Renney said on Friday. It won’t surprise me when we make the playoffs, it won’t. The biggest surprise of all might be if we don’t. Because I know how deep the care is, I know how willing they are to be coached, how proud they are, quite honestly, to be here doing this in Edmonton.” With youngsters such as Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, Magnus Paajarvi and Linus Omark the Oilers are slowly becoming known around the league for their exciting speed game. While there are still about 50 games remaining to make up ground for a playoff spot the fact remains that they still have to leap frog over six teams to make it a reality come spring time. The last time Edmonton fans got to experience playoff hockey was in 2006 when amazingly enough the Oilers fell one game short of winning the Stanley Cup. Renney, who is in his first year as the Oilers head coach knows that in being such a young team (third youngest in the league) that it wouldn’t be the end of the world if they didn’t qualify in April. Still he referred to it as being on a mission to make the playoffs. “The hard part about losing is that the masses don’t get an appreciation for how badly our guys want to do well and win and be a playoff team,” Renney said “When they have those nights – and there’s more to come, we know that – that’s tough.” Only time will tell if that playoff prediction will come true.

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