October 24 2014 11:20AM
I realize that when you've been the worst franchise for the past eight seasons there are no easy games, and even though the Carolina Hurricanes are still looking for their first victory of the season, this is not an easy game for the Oilers. It is, however, a game they should win.
The Canes aren't that good, and they are playing even worse lately, including a loss last night in Calgary. The Oilers didn't take advantage of a fatigued Calgary team in their season opener, and they can't let two points slip through their fingers tonight.
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October 24 2014 07:00AM
The Canucks adjusted plus/minus, T.J. Brodie signs on the cheap, Oilers are streaking, Yakupov, Draisaitl, Richard Peddie, the Twitter crowd and more in this weeks Roundup.
October 23 2014 10:49PM
Oilers fans were thrilled when Leon Draisaitl was selected in the first round (No. 3 overall) at the 2014 Entry Draft. A team that had been adding high picks since 2010 finally had their big man in the middle, and the German Draisaitl boasted impressive pedigree. Four months later, I don't think anyone questions his ability, but his NHL-readiness is an issue.
October 23 2014 03:39PM
There is no shortage of talented forwards for Eakins to run for the power play. The additions of Purcell, Pouliot and Draisaitl have really bolstered the pool of talent he can choose from. Fitting the pieces together, creating a dangerous, above average and momentum building power play is the challenge for Eakins.
October 23 2014 11:39AM
There is nothing that can kill a team faster than bad goaltending, and nothing that can save it faster than great goaltending. Early in the year, the Oilers lost games they should have won because their netminders simply weren’t up to the challenge. On Wednesday night they won a game they should have lost because Ben Scrivens was in fine form.