August 07 2012 05:06PM
When we last left the 4line discussion, we'd identified the suspects and wondered how the team could get improved play from the same group. Perhaps an addition from the farm? Or a change in philosophy?
August 07 2012 01:46PM
Devan Dubnyk started only 13 games in the first three months of last season. He went 4-9 with a 3.15 GAA (If you don't count empty net goals it was 2.92) and a .902 SV%. He started back-to-back games once, December 10th and December 15th. He started 13 games over a span of 84 days and didn't put up great numbers. He did not look or play like a #1 goalie.
However, when the calendar turned from 2011 to 2012 Dubnyk suddenly looked like a guy ready to start a new chapter of his playing career.
August 07 2012 12:36PM
Last season, the Edmonton Oilers killed 82.4 percent of the penalties they took. While only league average (they ranked 14th in the NHL in PK percentage), that represented significant improvement over previous years.
Despite having the league’s 14th-most efficient penalty kill, however, the Oilers allowed more power play goals than all but six teams. The reason? Their penchant for taking penalties.
August 06 2012 11:36AM
Playing on the road presents certain difficulties that playing at home does not. In addition to the greater frequency of back-to-back games coming on the road, the coaching has staff has much less ability to control the matchups away from home.
Looking at the difference between home and road performance among Oilers forwards in 2011-12, some interesting trends manifest themselves.
August 06 2012 08:19AM
The OKC Barons 12-13 are coming into view. Sure there are some 'bubble' players who might make the big club but at this point the candidates appear to be signed, sealed and delivered.