February 29 2012 01:27PM
The St. Louis Blues are the best defensive team in hockey. They've allowed 126 goals in 63 games, but in 2012 they've been ridiculously stingy. The Blues are 18-5-2 in their 25 games this calender year. In the seven losses/OT games they surrendered 20 goals, but in their 18 wins they allowed a mind-blowing 20 goals.
Seriously, 20 goals against in 18 games. They've allowed 40 goals in their last 25.
The Oilers allowed 40 in their last 12 and they went 6-5-1. The Blues aren't flashy, and they don't score many goals, 22nd in GF, but they win A LOT.
February 29 2012 12:25PM
The Oilers have now passed the trade deadline, are well out of the playoffs, and the final 20 games of the season (starting tonight) don’t really have a lot of meaning at the team level. They’re likely to get a high draft pick, but outside of that the games left are pretty much meaningless from a team perspective.
On the individual level, things are different. Aside from the guys definitely in the plans, and the guys definitely out of them, there are a range of players either hoping to return to the team or land an NHL job elsewhere. It’s a time that can be used to make decisions on a range of players. One of those players should be Linus Omark.
February 29 2012 08:48AM
"Friend of the Nation Network - and two time Angler Cup Champion - Brian Sutherby has shared his thoughts about the Trade Deadline for the second time in less than a week. In this installment he takes a look at the difficulties of making a big move at the deadline and the impact new arrivals have on a dressing room this late in the season. He also calls a winner for this year's deadline day. - Wanye
February 28 2012 02:14PM
I always find it hard to be unbiased evaluating a trade when I know one of the players involved. Personal feelings creep in, both good and bad.
February 28 2012 01:05PM
Nick Schultz has played the most games in Minnesota Wild history, 743, so he should be well-versed in how to play solid defence. He's also likely not used to playing up-tempo hockey either, but the Oilers are hoping he can bring a solid foundation in his own zone to help lower their goals against.
Who won yesterday's trade? Depends how you look at it, but I don't see a clear winner on either side. I see two teams who made a trade to try and shore up a weakness within their respective lineups.