January 20 2016 09:00AM
Faced with the second half of back-to-back games on Tuesday night, Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan decided to give backup goalie Anders Nilsson a start. Nilsson was shelled, allowing five goals on 30 shots; it was the eighth consecutive game in which his save percentage came in under 0.900.
In this week’s WWYDW, we ask whether it’s time to turn to prospect Laurent Brossoit to address the position.
January 20 2016 07:00AM
The Bakersfield Condors passed the halfway point of their first season as the Oilers’ top affiliate and charter member of the American Hockey League’s Pacific Division with a 5-3 win over the San Jose Barracuda in Monday matinee.
It’s has been a challenging year in many ways, and result-wise, not what the new fans in Bakersfield were expecting although those hopes were based on a high-profile lineup that was laid out in September and mostly gone by early November. That’s what a top farm club, a Triple-A team, does – provide fill-ins and prospects for the big club.
The Condors will be hard-pressed to make the AHL playoffs and follow up on a short yet exciting post-season run in Oklahoma City last spring.
Here’s a mid-season review of how the players have fared:
January 19 2016 08:32PM
It was fun for a few minutes! Right? Anyone? Final Score: 6-4 Lightning.
January 19 2016 04:30PM
Todd McLellan and Peter Chiarelli might have to wait until next season to see their team healthy. The Oilers are three games away from having Connor McDavid back, followed soon after by Oscar Klefbom, but when they return Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will not be dressed.
The first pick in 2011 suffered a hand injury during last night's 4-2 win in Florida, and during his post-game press conference Todd McLellan announced it would be long-term.
At the start of the season McLellan said they wouldn't discuss day-to-day injuries, and if one was long-term Chiarelli would address it, so the fact McLellan said it was serious right after the game illustrates he will be out at least six weeks, and possibly longer if he requires surgery.
The Oilers parade to the infirmary seemingly never ends.
Chris the Intern
January 19 2016 02:30PM
Just when you think things are making a turn for the better - Just when the final countdown was on until our star player returns from months of a broken collar bone - Just when you thought the All-Star break was going to be the turnaround point in our season, another first overall pick of the Oilers goes down with a long term injury.