January 03 2012 12:46PM
For the sixth time in the last eight years Canada will face off against the Russians in the medal round of the World Junior Championship. Canada is 15-11-2 vs. Russia/USSR going back to 1982 (the first year for the Canadian National Junior Team) but the only thing that matters right now avenging a 5-3 loss to the Ruskies from one year ago.
The Russians squeaked into this one with a 2-1 OT win over the Czech’s while Canada won Group B, and had the quarterfinal bye. Game time is 8:30 pm EST / 6:30 MST
January 03 2012 10:09AM
We close out the holiday season with an extended visit from Nation writer and all around swell chap Jonathan Willis.
Lowetide also adds his own thoughts to the mix on where the Oilers may be headed and we make a short stop in Winnipeg to see how the fans are enjoying the suddenly red hot Jets.
This is Nation Radio.
January 03 2012 09:44AM
Fresh off a gutsy 4-3 win in Chicago, you'd think the Oilers would have had a fun flight to Buffalo, but injuries to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Tom Gilbert most likely dampened the energy on the flight. Nugent-Hopkins lost his balance and fell awkwardly into the boards injuring his left shoulder, while Gilbert was rocked into the end boards on a dangerous/dumb hit by Daniel Carcillo.
I like players who play the game hard and tough, but Carcillo's hit was uncalled for, and he'll likely be suspended by Brendan Shanahan. The suspension won't help the Oilers, with Gilbert out for an undetermined amount of time, and they'll be in tough tonight against the underachieving Sabres.
January 02 2012 11:20PM
With all the defeat and criticism the Edmonton Oilers have endured while skidding out of the Western Conference playoff picture, it's only fair to point out a positive, or at least what I perceive as one, after an unexpected 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Monday.
January 02 2012 01:34PM
The Oilers recalled Teemu Hartikainen today and sent Lennart Petrell to OKC. Unless Hartikainen is going to play in the top-three lines I don't see him making much of an impact. Realistically what more should we have expected from Petrell. He was 3rd on the team in hits, 49, and he was a solid shot-blocker, especially on the PK. Some will say he was getting killed 5x5, but didn't people say the same about Ryan Jones last year? That stat has some merit, but it clearly doesn't always equate the truth.
If Hartikainen slots in on the 4th line, it will be very difficult for him to make an impact and be a difference maker, although tonight might be a good night to start him on the 4th line.