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.
January 24 2013 01:20PM
After facing the heaviest team in the NHL on Tuesday the Oilers face the 2nd heaviest team tonight. The LA Kings average weight is 210 pounds, and the only forwards shorter than 6'1" are Dustin Brown, 6'0", while Mike Richards and Brad Richardson stand 5'11". Richards and Brown are two of their most physical forwards, so the Oilers need to be ready to compete.
Tonight will be a great test to see how they bounce back from a disastrous first period against the Sharks.
January 23 2013 02:11PM
Not even free beer could brighten the spirits of Oilers fans after sitting through the worst first period of a home opener in franchise history.
The Oilers stunk.
They couldn't play defence.
They rarely had the puck.
They didn't get any saves from their goalie.
They took too many penalties.
January 22 2013 01:28PM
The Oilers are 19-8-5 (actual ties) in home openers including a perfect 3-0 v. the San Jose Sharks. They beat the Sharks 3-2 in a shootout in 2008, 3-2 in 1993 and 5-2 in 2003, so with it being 2013 it only seems fitting they open their home schedule v. San Jose.
I know technically this is the 2012/2013 season, but their home opener is in 2013 so just go with it.
January 21 2013 12:09AM
It wasn't the prettiest win, but the young Oilers deserve a lot of credit for battling back from a 2-0 deficit to win their season opener 3-2 in a shoot out.