April 08 2015 11:01AM
We can agree universally on just a few things when it comes to the Oilers. We all agree the team is bad, sure, but what about beyond that? There are factions of Oiler fans who think Hall should be traded. There are factions who don’t believe in Yakupov. Heck, there are still people defending Scrivens’ season. But one thing that isn’t a question is this: Craig MacTavish’s defense is substandard. He has been on the job for two years and it is no better today than when he started.
April 08 2015 09:00AM
One of the interesting little mini-battles that caught my eye in Tuesday’s 4-2 Oilers win over Los Angeles was the conflict between Kings captain Dustin Brown and Edmonton’s third line. Brown caught third-line pivot Anton Lander with a hard check early in the game, and Lander and his linemates seemingly never let that go.
April 08 2015 07:00AM
Evgeny Svechnikov is a big, strong and skilled forward eligible for the 2015 draft. He is ranked No. 15 on the latest Craig Button list and he's rising in many quarters. The young Russian is absolutely a quality prospect.
April 07 2015 11:09PM
Who wanted McEichel anyway? Final Score: 4-2 Oilers
April 07 2015 12:36PM
This is a classic David vs. Goliath matchup.
The LA Kings have won two of the past three Stanley Cups.
They've been to three consecutive Western Conference Finals.
They are 7-0-1 vs. the Oilers over the past two seasons, outscoring Edmonton 32-10 and out shooting them 313-192.
Compile that with the Oilers dressing an extremely inexperienced defence corps, and this is a monumental challenge for the Oilers.