Jason Gregor
March 22 2012 12:00PM

Sometimes it doesn't matter what you do, because some people will still be upset or annoyed. In his 550th career game, Ales Hemsky produced his first career hat-trick, and added an assist, in a surprising 6-4 win over the Predators. Prior to Tuesday's outburst Hemsky had a paltry six goals in 59 games. He's never been a prolific goal scorer, but you'd expect for than six goals from him.

I've stated all year that Hemsky wasn't healthy to start the year, and he likely shouldn't have played early on. Many feel that if a guy is healthy enough to play he should produce, and while I respect that opinion, I think you are underestimating the fine line between an average player and an offensive threat.

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The Edmonton Oilers On The Penalty Kill: Good News

Jonathan Willis
March 22 2012 09:08AM

The Edmonton Oilers have been much better on the penalty kill this season than they have been in virtually forever. After years of being a punch line while down a man, they currently sit 19th in the NHL in terms of killing penalties. While 19th out of 30 is hardly the stuff people typically put on resumes, it does represent a step up.

Unfortunately, of late the penalty kill has started sliding. Just before Christmas, the Oilers were killing off 83.5% of penalties they took. Today, that number sits at just 81.6%. Is the magic gone?

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Ales Hemsky Turns Things Around

Jason Strudwick
March 21 2012 06:56PM

Where have you been Jake Taylor?

A favorite movie character of mine is Jake Taylor from the Major League movies. He is a backcatcher in the twilight of his career and he gets a call to play for the Cleveland Indians. He becomes a mentor for many of the players on the team throughout the movies.

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March 21 2012 12:40PM

We missed the Oilers game last night. Not because we had some pressing prior engagement or something more important to do but because something else best described as "moderately fun" came up and we picked that over watching a meaningless game at the end of the season against a superior opponent who never loses at home.

At times like these we can turn only to German Techno for guidance.

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Robin Brownlee
March 21 2012 09:58AM

Remember the sales pitch about how a new collective bargaining agreement was going to alter the fundamental economic structure of the NHL, level the competitive playing field and, at long last, give the small-market Edmonton Oilers a fair chance to run with the big boys? How's that working for you?

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