April 11 2016 01:53PM
Another season has come and gone for the Edmonton Oilers, and once again they will be a spectator when the playoffs begin Wednesday evening. I didn't expect the Oilers to make the postseason, but I didn't see them finishing 29th. Regardless of injuries, this was another disappointing season. To suggest otherwise would be misleading.
Changes will be made, but unlike previous years, it seems inevitable we will see a trade involving a young, skilled forward. The man in charge of making that decision is Peter Chiarelli, and it won't be an easy move.
April 08 2016 02:09PM
The Oilers practiced in Leduc today before flying to Vancouver for their final game of the season. A victory gives them 71 points, which is still, at best, 25 points behind third place San Jose in the Pacific and 16 behind Minnesota for the final wild card spot.
This group still requires much improvement if they hope to make the playoffs in their inaugural season at Rogers Place next spring. We will have all summer to discuss and debate what needs to happen, so today let's discuss the present.
April 06 2016 01:08PM
Tonight will be the Edmonton Oilers 1,429th (they had two neutral site games listed as home games) and final NHL regular season home game at the originally named Edmonton Coliseum, then Northlands Coliseum, then SkyReach Centre and now Rexall Place. It was also home to 129 playoff games.
The Oilers lost their first home playoff game on April 11th, 1980 when Ken Linseman scored in overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a three-game series sweep, but they won their final home playoff game defeating Carolina 4-0 on June 17th, 2006.
The first game at the Edmonton Coliseum ended in a 3-3 tie versus the Detroit Red Wings on October 13th, 1979, and tonight the Oilers hope to give their fans one final victory before they close down the old barn and move to a swanky, state-of-the-art arena this fall.
The rink is old, the lighting is the worst in the NHL and it is time to say goodbye, but it was a special place for many years.
April 04 2016 01:59PM
The final week of the NHL season has some interesting story lines to follow.
Three division titles are still up for grabs Dallas leads the Blues by two points, but the Blues have a game in hand. Florida leads Tampa Bay by two points and each have four games remaining, while the Ducks lead the Kings by a single point and each team has four games to play.
The Red Wings (91 points) and Boston (90) are battling for third place in the Atlantic division, but they are also battling Philadelphia (91) for the final wildcard spot. The Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak is on the line, and likely so is Claude Julien's job as head coach of the Bruins.
Playoff races are fun, but for the first time since 1970, Canadian fans won't have a team in the dance.
April 03 2016 07:36PM
Saturday's 5-0 drubbing by the Calgary Flames was one of the Oilers worst efforts of the past decade, and that's saying something considering the Oilers have lost 487 times since the Decade of Darkness (DOD) began.
The Oilers have 297 wins since the opening of the 2006/2007 season. You have watched an average of almost 20 more losses than wins every year for the past decade (OT/SO losses are still losses in my eyes).