December 15 2011 11:57PM
When the Edmonton Oilers miss the playoffs for a sixth straight season, fans will be able to look at losses like the inexcusable 4-2 defeat they suffered against the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday as a reason why.
December 15 2011 10:19PM
By 1990, Gretzky headed for the coast and the Boys On the Bus were buying airplanes and making real life decisions. For Glen Sather and the Oilers it was a case of replacing superstars and impact players with the best available talent. The kids were alright.
December 15 2011 01:31PM
It really is that simple.
The Oilers should be well-rested when they take on the Coyotes in Phoenix tonight. The 'Yotes lost 4-1 last night in Anaheim, while the Oilers haven't played since being shutout in Calgary on Saturday. If the main reason why the Oilers haven't beaten the Flames in three tries this year is because they've faced them in the second half of back-to-back sets, then the Oilers should beat a tired Coyotes team tonight.
December 14 2011 07:20PM
Today Team Canada's decision makers gave new meaning to the word curious.
December 14 2011 02:43PM
After two "maintenance" days, Nikolai Khabibulin was back on the ice and his mobility looked fine, however, after an injury-plagued past few seasons any hint of a tweak raises the caution flag. Khabibulin's previous injuries helped the Oilers acquire Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but this year his play has been a major reason why the Oilers are still in the playoff hunt.
They can't afford him to get injured if they want to stay in the hunt, and with Corey Potter ready to return the Oilers need to send someone to the minors. My guess is it will be Magnus Paajarvi.