October 12 2014 10:52AM
The unpredictability of sports is what makes them so exciting. The Oilers dominated the Flames for close to 40 minutes on opening night, but the couldn't score at EV and ended up losing the game. Last night, the Oilers played decent, got outshot 43-29, mainly due to six consecutive penalties, but they came away with a point.
I think we'd all agree, including the Oilers, that playing well, and "learning a lesson", but losing is not what this team needs. They are past the point of moral victories that don't result in two points. They need victories. Ugly ones, pretty ones, unearned ones or deserved ones; they need simply need wins.
October 10 2014 12:50PM
I grew up listening to John Short from 9 p.m. to midnight. He was a wealth of knowledge, so I always learned something, but he also had the pleasure of hosting the post-game shows when the fan's emotions were very intense. I then had the luxury of hosting the post game show for five years from May 2003 to August of 2008.
It was glorious. I loved the passion that fans had right after the game. Usually fans were the most vocal after losses, except for the Cup run of 2006. That was the only time I can remember fans calling in after a loss or win and still being upbeat. I was supposed to be off air at midnight but during that Cup run and then again during some bad losses I'd stay on the air until 2 a.m. chatting with Oilers fans.
I don't miss the hours, but I miss the raw emotion after a game. Some nights I felt more like
Dr. Phil Dr. Jay than a sports host, talking to fans who were almost too distraught to carry on supporting their favourite team. It was great.
Last night, and even this morning, the frustration amongst some Oilers fans seems to have reached a new level.
October 09 2014 07:12PM
This is a game the Oilers must win. The Flames played last night. They are starting their backup goalie. The 1984 Stanley Cup winning team is in the building.
If the Oilers want to turn the corner these are games they MUST win. It is that simple.
October 08 2014 02:40PM
Another NHL season is finally upon us. Eight teams will begin the long journey of an 82-game regular season that hopefully ends with a berth in the playoffs in mid-April.
Will the Oilers end their eight-year playoff drought?
We discuss that and more in our annual Oilersnation Prognostications.
October 07 2014 03:35PM
Two days remain until the Oilers open their 35th NHL season against the Calgary Flames. As I watched practice there we some interesting things unfolding on the ice.