November 23 2015 05:14PM
The Oilers begin their season-high five-game road trip in Washington tonight before stops in Carolina (Wednesday), Detroit (Friday), Pittsburgh (Saturday) and Toronto next Monday. The Oilers have played much better the past two weeks, and five games against the Eastern conference should result in at least five points for the Oilers.
In 2013/2014 the Oilers were 14-14-4 vs. the East. They were 15-14-3 last year and they are already 4-2 this year. The Oilers like playing Eastern teams and with two healthy scoring lines and better defensive zone coverage this should be a productive road trip.
November 19 2015 09:55AM
We've discussed the idea before, and I'm happy to see that NHL forwards are hiring their own skilled coaches. A few of them have one. Jordan Eberle works exclusively with Steve Serdachny every summer and has for many years, but Serdachny was the Oilers skills and skating coach as well, up until this fall.
Many players didn't want a skills coach because they worried it would conflict with what the head coach was saying, but in reality that isn't the case. A skill coach shouldn't focus on systems. He focuses on scoring, just like strength coaches help players get stronger and goalie coaches help goalies.
I believe NHL forwards should have a personal skills coach to help them improve and change their offensive game, and one of the most creative NHL forwards the league has seen has been hired by a few players.
Teddy Purcell hired former NHL player and former head coach, Adam Oates, this past summer to help him bounce back from what he said, "was my worst NHL season."
November 18 2015 07:59PM
The Oilers enter tonight's action sitting 30th place in the NHL. Very few expected them to be here again, but they are, and now the Oilers must find a way to dig out of last place instead of wallowing in self pity and staying here all year.
It is up to the players. They have to play better. They need to play smarter.They must cut down on the major mistakes. I believe they have improved some aspects of their game, but the still make crucial errors at the wrong time.
The need to clean up their game and the wins will come.
November 18 2015 03:18PM
Elliotte Friedman is reporting that rugged defender Travis Hamonic is on the trade market.
November 17 2015 07:00PM
For the second consecutive day the Oilers had nine defencemen on the ice for practice. Justin Schultz is very close to playing. He told me doesn't expect to be cleared by the doctor to play tomorrow, although he feels he could, but a more realistic return date will be either Friday vs. the Devils or more likely on the upcoming five-game road trip.
When Schultz is activated the Oilers will need to send a D-man to Bakersfield.
Who will it be?