Petry Down, Chorney Up (Updated)

Jonathan Willis
February 14 2011 12:47PM

The Edmonton Oilers tweaked their defence earlier today, sending down rookie Jeff Petry and recalling Taylor Chorney.

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Isn’t That Special

Jonathan Willis
February 13 2011 04:12PM

The 2009-10 Edmonton Oilers were not particularly good on special teams. The power-play ranked 18th in the NHL, with a 17.3% conversion rate. At 78.0%, the penalty-kill ranked 26th in the NHL.

Somehow, the 2010-11 Oilers are even worse.

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Timelines

Jonathan Willis
February 12 2011 11:48PM

The Edmonton Oilers should be looking at icing a team capable of contending for the Stanley Cup in 2012-13.

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Dustin Penner

Jonathan Willis
February 10 2011 10:55PM

Early on, I was a Dustin Penner critic. While even early on I’d gladly admit that Penner was easily Kevin Lowe’s best foray into acquiring restricted free agents, I didn’t start warming up to him until 2008-09 and didn’t become a dedicated fan until last season.

Now though, I’d argue that it would be a serious mistake to move Dustin Penner.*

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Shootout Vulnerabilities

Jonathan Willis
February 08 2011 05:38PM

Toronto head coach Ron Wilson takes a lot of flak, but he’s still an innovative head coach. One of the things he does is track goaltender performance in the shootout, analyzing whether various goaltenders struggle with left- or right-handed shots.

That got me wondering – do the Oilers’ goaltenders have a weakness against left- or right-handed shooters in the shootout?

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