October 30 2014 11:37AM
The Oilers’ strategy for their defenceman was a little mystifying at first, partially because they’d put one foot very wrong and partially because they were losing all the time so we weren’t actually observing how things were going to change when the team won a game or two. Now that we’ve seen the team win and lose, it’s a lot easier to pick up on exactly what the coaching staff is doing.
October 30 2014 07:00AM
Not much was known about Iiro Pakarinen the day he signed with the Edmonton Oilers, beyond he's a Finn and that's a good thing for the Edmonton Oilers (ALL of the good things that have happened in franchise history included a Finn in the Fotto).
He camp to training camp, impressed, and was sent to the minors. Where he's raising hell.
October 29 2014 11:41PM
Damned Western Conference. Final Score: 4-1 Predators
October 29 2014 12:40PM
The majority of the best teams in the NHL are in the western conference, and if the Oilers want to become a playoff team they need to beat some western opponents. It is great that they can dominate the east, but they only play 32 games vs. the east. The other 50 games are against big, strong and experienced western conference teams. You need to compete in -- and win -- those games if you want to be a playoff team.
The Oilers aren't changing conferences, so they better learn how to compete and defeat their western foes.
Nation World HQ
October 29 2014 09:31AM
The Nation Network brings you the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look around the network and the NHL. On tap this week, Draisaitl, Scrivens, Wideman, Vrbata, the Leafs and more.