The Goaltending Plan

Jonathan Willis
April 07 2011 09:51PM

My heart almost stopped this morning as I read the subheading on Joanne Ireland’s Edmonton Journal article.

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Ryan Whitney and PDO

Jonathan Willis
April 02 2011 04:45PM

At plus-12, he’s the lone Oiler in double-digits by plus-minus, and has more than double the next best player (Ales Hemsky, plus-5).

Ryan Whitney’s spectacular plus/minus on a spectacularly bad team has garnered a lot of attention, even from people who don’t generally believe in plus/minus. I’ve quoted myself above, but the numbers has shown up in the columns of most of the local papers – from the Sun to the Journal.

Is it important, or is it a mirage?

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No Foreign Oil?

Jonathan Willis
March 28 2011 11:18AM

For the last few years, the NHL has been sending various teams overseas to start the NHL season, with those teams playing regular season games in European cities. For the first time, the league included Edmonton in the plans, with the Oilers slated to play the Capitals in Russia to kick off 2011-12. Unfortunately, it appears those plans have been kyboshed.

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Eberle’s 20-Year Old Season

Jonathan Willis
March 27 2011 06:08PM

Jordan Eberle is having a very strong rookie season, and given the current state of the Edmonton Oilers and the alarming number of useful players currently sitting out with injuries, he represents one of the team’s few bright spots. How does his 20-year old season compare to those who have gone before him? What other players produced in the same range offensively while at the same age?

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Opportunities To Win

Jonathan Willis
March 25 2011 10:29AM

When a goaltender has a bad game, it almost always results in a loss. A lot of times, teams don’t need a miracle in net, just an opportunity to win. How have Devan Dubnyk and Nikolai Khabibulin performed when it comes to giving the Oilers a chance to win any given game?

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