December 15 2011 01:31PM
It really is that simple.
The Oilers should be well-rested when they take on the Coyotes in Phoenix tonight. The 'Yotes lost 4-1 last night in Anaheim, while the Oilers haven't played since being shutout in Calgary on Saturday. If the main reason why the Oilers haven't beaten the Flames in three tries this year is because they've faced them in the second half of back-to-back sets, then the Oilers should beat a tired Coyotes team tonight.
December 14 2011 02:43PM
After two "maintenance" days, Nikolai Khabibulin was back on the ice and his mobility looked fine, however, after an injury-plagued past few seasons any hint of a tweak raises the caution flag. Khabibulin's previous injuries helped the Oilers acquire Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but this year his play has been a major reason why the Oilers are still in the playoff hunt.
They can't afford him to get injured if they want to stay in the hunt, and with Corey Potter ready to return the Oilers need to send someone to the minors. My guess is it will be Magnus Paajarvi.
December 13 2011 10:13AM
There is lots to discuss on around the NHL and inside the Oilers dressing room.
- Is Taylor Hall ready to play?
- Will the Oilers send Magnus Paajarvi to the minors when Hall returns?
- Is Darryl Sutter really the right answer for the LA Kings?
- Are the Wild, Panthers and Blues for real?
- Is Ricky Ray really only worth a journeyman QB, a potential kicker and a pick?
December 12 2011 09:02AM
When Taylor Hall was injured on November 26th the Oilers said he'd be out 2-4 weeks. Two weeks was this past Saturday, and if you split his diagnosis down the middle three weeks will be this Saturday in San Jose. The Oilers play Thursday in Phoenix, and I suspect we might see Hall either Thursday or Saturday.
December 09 2011 01:29PM
The Avs and Oilers are both struggling to find their identity. Both teams got off to solid starts, but neither has been able to sustain their good fortune. After a 9-3-2 start, the Oilers went 4-9-1 and now find themselves in 11th place. The Avs started the year 6-0 on the road, but the wheels fell off and they are 0-6-1 in their last seven away from Denver.
Both teams will be hungry to reverse their recent skids tonight at Rexall Place.