February 14 2014 07:36AM
Canada will continue its warmup games this morning when they take on Austria. The Austrians will actually try and attack instead of playing sit-back-boring hockey like Norway did yesterday. Canada will score more goals, but Roberto Luongo will likely face a few more quality scoring chances than Carey Price did yesterday.
Micheal Grabner scored three goals in the Austrian's 8-4 loss to Finland yesterday, and along with Tomas Vanek they will present more of an offensive threat, but expect Canada's offence to explode.
February 12 2014 12:44PM
The Oilers powerplay started the season at almost the exact same success rate as last season -- 17 of 82 (20.7%) in the first 25 games -- but they've struggled mightily during the last 35 games, scoring 18 goals on 123 chances (14.6%.)
What has changed? Is it coaching or is it the players?
February 10 2014 10:58AM
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|11||Oklahoma City Barons||49||21||22||1||5||48||0.490||148||169||5-0-0-0||7-3-0-0||1-5||817|
|13||San Antonio Rampage||48||19||21||3||5||46||0.479||134||151||4-0-2-2||5-1-2-2||7-5||729|
|14||Lake Erie Monsters||47||20||23||0||4||44||0.468||121||148||0-2-0-0||3-6-0-1||4-4||1012|
While the Oilers are on their Olympic break, the OKC Barons have won five straight to get themselves back in the playoff race. I caught up with head coach Todd Nelson to get an update on his team, but mainly we discussed how some individual players have been performing.
February 07 2014 01:15PM
Ilya Bryzgalov will start tonight in New Jersey. The stats suggest it makes sense to start him instead of going back-to-back with Ben Scrivens, but considering the Oilers are winning by getting out shot, I wonder if combining that along with going back to Scrivens would guarantee a win.
We'll never know, but it is good to look at the possibilities.
February 06 2014 12:35PM
In theory, outshooting the opposition will increase your chances of success, but for short windows that isn't always the case. The Oilers are 4-3-1 in their last eight games. In the five games they picked up at least one point they were out shot 204-124. They gave up 16 more shots per game (40.8-24.8), but they got nine of a possible ten points.
In the three losses they outshot their opponents twice, 58-56, leaving the loss to Boston as the only game where getting outshot meant a loss.
The Oilers are bucking the shooting trend lately and seeing success, so maybe they should continue to do so, considering how well it has worked for the Toronto Maple Leafs.