The Rear-view Mirror

Jonathan Willis
January 01 2011 05:21PM

Back on December 5, the Oilers were turning some heads thanks to a nine game run in which they recorded six victories and 13 points. That run had given them a little bit of traction in the standings; they had climbed out of sole possession of 15th (tying Calgary) and sat just five points out of the playoffs.

More than 50% of Oilers Nation voted that the Oilers would go 0.500 or better over their next 20 games. Halfway through that stretch, how have they been?

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Roy & Jones

Jonathan Willis
December 31 2010 10:21PM

Olivier Roy’s ugly performance against Sweden has left Team Canada’s coaching staff with a difficult decision for their first elimination game, against Switzerland on Sunday. After three games, Roy’s save percentage has fallen to 0.875, and given that he narrowly won the starting job over Mark Visentin it seems probable that the coaching staff will take this moment to reconsider that decision.

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Steve MacIntyre – Still Relevant?

Jonathan Willis
December 31 2010 05:58PM

Steve MacIntyre had a pretty good start to 2010-11. He played a little over five minutes in the season opener against Calgary, demolished Raitis Ivanans in a heavyweight battle, and with Tom Renney in charge behind the bench the promise of more minutes awaited.

Things haven’t really worked out all that well since.

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The Lottery!

Jonathan Willis
December 29 2010 06:45PM

With Ryan Whitney out of the picture for two months, the Edmonton Oilers’ already strong chance at a lottery finish just got a little stronger. The reality is that this team has had a stranglehold on a lottery position since the get-go, and this is just a little extra insurance to get them over the line.

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Steve Tambellini & The Quest For Grit

Jonathan Willis
December 24 2010 03:47PM

One of the over-arching themes of Steve Tambellini’s time as General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers has been the ongoing quest to make the team stronger, grittier, and more emotional. Few skillsets have been targeted with the same zeal and commitment with which the Tambellini Oilers have pursued players who fit those descriptors.

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