October 12 2015 05:35PM
The opening weekend in the NHL is over, and most teams have a couple of games in the books already. The Oil have picked up two losses but I’m not overly concerned just yet. There are some positives to take away from the matches, but when I look at the club what I see is a group of defenders trying to get comfortable with change.
October 12 2015 03:45PM
One of the big storylines through training camp was head coach Todd McLellan’s decision to run NHL-style lines immediately. The thinking went that this would allow the Oilers’ players to gel as units and allow the coaches to get a firm read on what they could expect from lines and pairings.
With that in mind, it’s interesting that the signals sent out on Monday indicate the Griffin Reinhart will be scratched for the second consecutive game and that Eric Gryba will get his third defence partner in as many nights.
October 12 2015 10:44AM
If you had a dollar for every time a NHL general manager has said over the past 20 years he coveted a forward who was not only talented, but big and tough with a nasty edge to him, you could probably retire quite comfortably. Players like that don’t grow on trees.
October 12 2015 08:00AM
Happy Thanksgiving Monday to everyone that got the day off, and my apologies to those of you who didn't. Unfortunately, while most of us are pounding back Thanksgiving leftovers sans pants you're sitting at work looking for ways to kill time. Allow the Mailbag to dust off a few minutes of company time and get you closer to going home. As always, I need questions for the Mailbag so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Enough of me - let's learn something.
October 11 2015 08:34PM
The Bakersfield Condors officially got the party started this weekend, with a pair of games against substantial AHL competition. The team's regular season record stands at 1-1 and they're looking for goals. Sound familiar?