GDB 06: ROAD TRIP....

Jason Gregor
January 30 2013 12:26PM

The first stop on a three-game-in-three-and-a-half-days-road-trip is tonight in Phoenix, in front of 8,000-10,000 fans. The Coyotes might not be in Phoenix long-term, because the crowds only come in the playoffs, but they are here now and Dave Tippett always has them well prepared.

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WHEN DO YOU PLAY KHABIBULIN?

Jason Gregor
January 29 2013 11:30AM

The Oilers have placed Yann Danis on waivers, because Nikolai Khabibulin has declared he is ready to play.

The big question is when do you play Khabibulin?

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PP AND GOALTENDING=WIN

Jason Gregor
January 28 2013 11:45PM

Their powerplay gave them a 3-0 lead, but then the Oilers relied on Devan Dubnyk's 35 saves in the final 40 minutes to preserve the 4-1 victory.

The Oilers played their best first period of the season. They stayed out of the penalty box and applied consistent pressure in the offensive zone at EV strength forcing the Avalanche to take three first-period penalties.

Then their powerplay took over.

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GDB 05: NEED EV SCORING

Jason Gregor
January 28 2013 01:14PM

In four games the Edmonton Oilers have a whopping two goals while playing 5-on-5. Jordan Eberle scored one v. Vancouver and Taylor Hall potted the other against the Sharks. NHL.com says they have four goals at EV, but two of them came with an extra skater in the final five seconds of the game, Nail Yakupov v. LA and Sam Gagner v. Calgary, so to me those are 6-on-5 goals and come with an EV asterisk.

The Oilers have played almost 165 minutes of 5-on-5 hockey and they have a paltry two goals, and to make matters worse they've given up nine at even strength.

If the Oilers are going to stay competitive in the western conference they need to start scoring at EV, and their top line needs to produce more.

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YAK CITY

Jason Gregor
January 25 2013 12:37AM

I suspect every Oiler fan was five seconds away from losing their mind on the referees, after one of the worst officiated NHL games I've seen in years, but then in a span of four seconds Nail Yakupov, who was horrific at batting practice in Pittsburgh at the 2012 draft, did his best Jose Bautista and Theo Fleury impersonations and OilersNation went into hysterics.

I'm sure some fun sponge will claim Yakupov's celebration was over the top, but in a sport, and society,  that has become incredibly politically correct it was a welcome change.

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