December 17 2016 08:29AM
TSN analyst Ray Ferraro played 1258 NHL regular season games. He scored 408 goals. He also scored 108 goals one season in Brandon, a WHL record that will never be broken. He knows offence, and he also knows the challenges of playing in the NHL.
He joined me on Wednesday to discuss the Oilers, their schedule and two players who need to get going for the Oilers to remain in the playoff hunt.
December 16 2016 02:20PM
The Edmonton Oilers had a fast-paced, crisp practice this morning after a two-day reprieve from skating, including line rushes in four new combinations. The players and coaches have to hope the new changes will lead to more home wins.
There are certain aspect of a team's play that lead to playoff appearances in the Western Conference, and having a dominant home record is virtually a must.
December 15 2016 02:00PM
It has been a long time since the Oilers were in a position for us to discuss them adding at the trade deadline instead of trading away players. No offence to Jerrid Smithson, but I didn't consider him as a deadline acquisition in 2013 that would help the team make a strong push to the playoffs.
If you recall the Oilers crushed the Flames 8-2 the night they acquired Smithson at the April 3rd, 2013 deadline. They were in eighth place after the victory, and he'd yet to arrive. The Oilers then proceeded to lose nine of their next 10 and plummeted down the standings to a 24th place finish.
Smithson wasn't the reason they tanked, but I was perplexed, and stunned, when Steve Tambellini added him thinking Smithson was going to help them.
This year, the Oilers could be in a position to add an NHL player at the trade deadline who could help them in a playoff run for the first time since acquiring Dwayne Roloson on March 8th and Sergei Samsonov on March 9th, 2006
December 14 2016 12:00PM
The Oilers have 50 games remaining. What should we expect from this group?
Last night was the first game this season I saw them completely overwhelmed for a 35-minute stretch. After the Oilers were unable to capitalize on their four-minute powerplay, the Blue Jackets took over the game.
Was it fatigue? Are the Blue Jackets simply better?
December 13 2016 12:00PM
These are not your regular Columbus Blue Jackets. The Jackets only made the playoffs twice in their first 15 NHL seasons. Historically they have been slow starters, but not this year.
Columbus lost their first two games this season, but they are 17-3-4 since then, and they are even hotter recently, going 11-1-2.
They are sixth in NHL standings, because they've only played 26 games, but they have the best points percentage in the NHL at .731.
Tonight will be a very good test for the Oilers.