Damning Mark Fayne With Faint Praise

Jonathan Willis
January 20 2016 11:00AM

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It’s fair to say that Mark Fayne is a limited hockey player. He’s big but not a bone-crusher. He’s a defensive specialist, and lacks either high-end mobility or a robust passing game. He’s often cited as an example of Craig MacTavish’s poor contract work as general manager.

Despite those flaws there is at least one point in his favour. As he did in New Jersey, he’s shown of late in Edmonton that he can be an effective part of a shutdown pairing that plays brutally tough minutes, as long as his partner is a capable puck-mover. That’s something that has value on the Oilers’ blue line.

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WWYDW: Is it time to replace Anders Nilsson with Laurent Brossoit?

Jonathan Willis
January 20 2016 09:00AM

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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.

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Condors Midseason Report Card

Scott Zerr
January 20 2016 07:00AM

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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: 

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GDB 48.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Lightning

baggedmilk
January 19 2016 08:32PM

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It was fun for a few minutes! Right? Anyone? Final Score: 6-4 Lightning.

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GDB 48.0: Injury trend never changes

Jason Gregor
January 19 2016 04:30PM

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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.

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