November 13 2015 01:11PM
NHL scoring is down once again. Last year NHL team's averaged 2.73 goals per game, and through 241 games this season teams are averaging 2.67 GPG. It is not a major difference, but if the league stays at this pace we will see about 148 fewer goals than last year.
Since 1997, NHL teams have averaged fewer than three goals/game, except for 2005/2006 when the NHL clamped down on obstruction and teams averaged 3.08 GPG each.
How can the NHL increase scoring?
November 12 2015 12:41PM
The Oilers were 5-10 and had eight of their next ten games on the road, prior to last night's game in Anaheim. They desperately needed a win. And they got one.
The win didn't salvage their season, but Teddy Purcell's reaction after scoring the OT winner illustrated how important this win was for the team. "We need to believe in ourselves, and coming from behind tonight and finishing it off -- we needed this," said Purcell post-game.
This group indeed needed it, and Leon Draisaitl, the third overall pick in 2014, factored in on all four goals. He was a beast.
November 11 2015 02:12PM
The Oilers have to find a way to win. The Arizona Coyotes, a team with no more talent or experience than the Oilers, just defeated the Ducks and Kings on consecutive nights. Both games were on the road.
The Oilers' "difficult" schedule cannot be used as an excuse.
November 10 2015 01:07PM
The most common question in Oilersnation these days is: Are the Oilers improving?
Some say yes, others say no, but what are the guidelines for improvement?
Improving on last season would be akin to saying you have better hair than me. It means very little, and just because you have more hair doesn't mean you look as good.
For me, until this team wins at least half the games they play, they haven't made any legitimate improvement.
November 06 2015 10:12PM
Sports can be a harsh business at times. Many fans had circled tonight's game as must-see TV with the expectation to watch Connor McDavid play Sidney Crosby for the first time.
In 1984/1985 these two franchises watched Mario Lemieux battle Wayne Gretzky for the first time. Gretzky led the league with 73-135-208 and won the Art Ross, Hart and Stanley Cup while Lemieux won the Calder with 43-57-100.
Gretzky and Lemieux met for the first time on November 6th, 1984, in Pittsburgh as the teams skated to a 3-3 tie. Gretzky scored the tying goal with four minutes remaining after Lemieux assisted on the go-ahead goal midway through the third period.
Thirty-one years later Crosby and McDavid were scheduled to meet on the exact same day, but alas hockey fans will have to wait until next season to see these two phenoms face each other in NHL action.