March 08 2010 07:23PM
With the Edmonton Oilers winning two straight games to move within four points of the Toronto Maple Leafs atop the Dive For Five, it's time for me to write about how well Jeff Deslauriers has been playing.
March 08 2010 12:01AM
The New Jersey Devils are an excellent hockey club, in just about every way. Martin Brodeur’s in the twilight of his phenomenal career, but he’s still an above average NHL starter and arguably the game’s best puck-mover. Jacques Lemaire’s methods may never be popular, but they’re undeniably effective. And the forward corps features a surprising amount of firepower: Kovalchuk, Parise, Elias, Zajac, Rolston, Langenbrunner. Like I said, they’re a good team.
And the Oilers beat them cleanly tonight.
March 07 2010 11:55AM
Did you know the Oilers have only won consecutive home games twice this year? They won four straight in October on the 10th, 16th, 19th and 22nd, and they didn’t win two straight at home again until Feb 1st and 3rd over the Hurricanes and Flyers.
March 06 2010 06:21PM
In what must be regarded as a surprise move, the Edmonton Oilers appear to have decided against adding Jordan Eberle to their line-up for the remainder of the season. Once the WHL season concludes, Eberle will play professional hockey, but he’ll do it with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
March 06 2010 12:12AM
Edmonton Oilers: 2 (SO)
Minnesota Wild: 1
The gutted remains of the Edmonton Oilers roster apparently forgot they were supposed to lose, as they managed to get away with a shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild. Jeff Deslauriers made 28 saves, Ryan Whitney led the Oilers with 26:20 of ice-time, and Aaron Johnson played 21:20 and finished plus-1 on the night. Mike Comrie scored both the regulation goal and the shootout winner and continues to show why healthy-scratching him makes no sense.
On the negative side, new addition Ryan Jones took a knee-on-knee hit from Derek Boogaard and played less than five minutes, showing that a) he'll fit right in with this lineup and b) Boogaard's as hateable as ever.