February 10 2016 02:10PM
The NHL actually overturned this goal claiming it was goaltender interference. Seriously.
They claimed when Rasmussen's stick touched Jones for a millisecond it was goalie interference even though it is obvious Jones was not disrupted on the play. Jones didn't even complain, because he didn't even notice when he was touched.
Most thought they were reviewing it to see if the puck was kicked in. No one was thinking goalie interference, but the officials absurdly ruled it that way.
This is not the first goal we've seen a goal called off due to a weak/invisible goalie interference call, and the NHL needs to fix this before the playoffs.
February 09 2016 07:38PM
Martin Brodeur will have his #30 jersey raised to the rafters tonight, and the Oilers will have the pleasure of watching the Devils honour the winningest goalie in NHL history.
Brodeur only played the Oilers 18 times, finishing with nine wins, six losses, one overtime loss and two ties, which wasn't very much compared to how often he faced the New York Rangers (101), Philadelphia Flyers (92) and New York Islanders (91).
I'm certain Oilers fans respect Brodeur's accomplishments, but the fact Justin Schultz is a healthy scratch tonight will garner much more chatter among the faithful of the Blue and Orange.
February 08 2016 12:56PM
Oilers fans just endured on one of the most drastic emotional rollercoaster rides they've felt in the past decade. Connor McDavid returned to the lineup last Tuesday and proceeded to score five points in two games, including a highlight reel goal versus Columbus, that had Oilers fans bursting with excitement. McDavid's return included two wins where the Orange and Blue outscored their opponents 12-3. Life was grand.
But in a span of 27 hours the jubilation ended. The Oilers got walloped 5-1 and 8-1 in Montreal and Brooklyn, and just as Oilersnation was enjoying the ride at the top, once again their team derailed and crashed to the bottom of the track.
February 05 2016 03:01PM
No two NHL teams are the same, and no two situations are equal. Peter Chiarelli became GM of the Boston Bruins in the summer of 2006 and up until they won the Stanley Cup in June of 2011, he rebuilt his entire defence.
It started by signing unrestricted defender Zdeno Chara on July 1st, 2006. The Bruins didn't have instant success despite the Chara addition. They missed the playoffs in 2007, finishing 23rd overall with 76 points, but Chiarelli kept changing his blueline and four years later they won the Cup.
Andrej Sekera is not Chara, but he was the first major addition to Chiarelli's blueline in Edmonton, and Chiarelli has some interesting decisions ahead of him regarding the team's backend.
February 04 2016 09:19PM
Baggedmilk and many Nation readers departed today on the first annual Nation ski trip, and the undisputed leader of the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fan club asked me to fill in. I doubt I can match his antics, but here goes.
I'm sure BM and all the skiers will be in fine form tomorrow when they hit the slopes after celebrating the Oilers best road performance of the season. Edmonton crushed the Senators.
Final Score: Oilers win 7-2