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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Robin Brownlee
January 01 2011 04:07PM

There's got to be a good reason J.F. Jacques is still taking up space on the Edmonton Oilers roster and will be in the line-up against the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place tonight. Must be.

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Jason Gregor
January 01 2011 03:18PM

I hope this first day of 2011 finds you without a hangover, which i'm sure is not the case for Wanye and many of you, and you are filled with thoughts of a prosperous new year. The Oilers will most likely have a rough start to 2011, but another top-three draft pick combined with a complete NHL season for Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi should allow the Oilers to have a strong finish to 2011.

Until then though the growing pains will be plentiful, and tonight the Oilers will ring in the New Year v. the Flames.

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The Weight

January 01 2011 10:31AM

Every once in awhile, something so unique, so unusual, arrives at your door and forces you to take notice. The Band (above) was like that, their first two albums are as pure as mountain water. The early 80's Oilers were like that too, forcing a nation to take urgent bathroom breaks for fear of missing two or more goals while lollygagging.

The current group of Oilers is just getting started, we don't know if they're truly special or just the latest rage. There are going to be some stops along the way that remind us of the 79-83 Oilers and tonight is one of them. The Oiler kids may never raise the Stanley, but for the other side the theme is "No Country for Old Men." 

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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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