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?
November 16 2015 03:27PM
Connor McDavid spoke to the media and Oilers fans today for the first time since breaking his clavicle versus the Philadelphia Flyers two weeks ago.
McDavid wasn’t wearing a sling and said he was already back working out. “I did upper body today,” he said. “The good news is it (injury) was only a bone and not a separated shoulder or torn labrum. It will heal and I will be fine,” McDavid continued. For clarity sake "doing upper body" doesn't mean he was lifting heavy weight on his left side, but he has started rehab already.
He will see the doctor later today or tomorrow to get an update on his recovery. He said it feels better than he expected, but he did not give a timetable for his return, though we do know he will not play until 2016.
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.