Oilers 2015-16 in Review: The Penalty Kill

Jonathan Willis
April 15 2016 05:58PM

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Superficially, the Oilers were okay on the penalty kill, finishing in a tie for 17th overall in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, 0.1 points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Dig a little deeper, though, and the numbers get ugly.

What went wrong, what went right, and how can the team get better?

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Does hitting mean you don't have the puck?

Jason Gregor
April 15 2016 03:26PM

St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock had some hockey people fired up with his comments one day after the Blues defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 in overtime. St.Louis had 41 hits in game one, but Hitchcock got some people up in arms when he said that wasn't good enough.

“We’re going to have to go up way bigger. We’re going to have to get it into the 70s if we expect to win.”

It had the media covering the series and many stats people looking for a response. Hitch was exaggerating with his mention of 70, but his premise was the same. He believes the Blues need to be physical.

“I’m not sure about that comment,” said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. “I hope there’s some validity to it. I hope he tries to go to 70, it means we got the puck the whole (game).”

The theory many project is if you are hitting that means you don't have the puck, but is it really true?

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April 15 2016 07:00AM


Last summer, I rounded up the writers to sit down and preview the 2015-16 season. While not one of the writers thought that the Oilers would make the playoffs, this year, there wasn't anyone that thought they would end up in the league basement yet again. In this season review we'll take a look at where the Oilers went wrong, what needs to happen over the summer, and whether or not the Oilers improved despite finishing in 29th place.

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The Roundup

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April 15 2016 05:00AM

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The Leafs had a big week, Canucks look back at their lost season, the Flames need a new coach, McDavids effect on his linemates, Jets sign top prospect, Datsyuk staying or leaving, the 7 types of people you encounter at your playoff draft, a look back at the 15-16 season, playoff hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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April 14 2016 05:01PM

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A year ago, Brandon Davidson (photo by Rob Ferguson) was winding down the regular season with the Oklahoma City Barons. He would go on to post a strong playoffs for the Barons and use that as a stepping stone to a full NHL season in 2015-16. How well did Davidson do as an Oilers defenseman? The answer is well. Very well.

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