March 19 2015 01:00PM
Nail Yakupov’s resurgence in the second half of this his third season has been a treat to watch. He’s playing more minutes, he’s producing, and visually he just looks more dynamic. Even with his many supporters (myself very much included) shouting about his accomplishments to anyone that will listen AND his recent random act of kindness going viral, the overall perception of the energetic young Russian outside of the market is changing only sluggishly. He has a long way to go before he’ll be getting the benefit of the doubt. One such example is the determination Neil Smith made on last night’s broadcast that Nail Yakupov’s play was deficient in the lead up to Edmonton’s first goal against Columbus.
March 19 2015 11:10AM
Taylor Hall is close to returning to the lineup. He has been skating with the team this week, and I won't be surprised to see him in the lineup on Saturday vs. the Philadelphia Flyers.
Which line should he play on?
March 18 2015 10:54PM
Connor McDavid has 115 points in 45 games. Let that soak in for a minute. Final Score: 4-3 Jacket in the shootout.
March 18 2015 08:57PM
Andrew Miller will make his NHL debut tonight at the young age of 26. Miller was not drafted. He played in the USHL at 20, then spent four years at Yale before signing with the Oilers in April of 2013. He scored eight goals and 34 points in 52 games in OKC last year, but he's emerged as a solid AHL point-producer this season tallying 25 goals and 56 points in 58 games.
He was recalled by the Oilers today, on an emergency basis with injuries to Matt Fraser and Luke Gazdic, and will slide into the lineup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
March 18 2015 03:30PM
The saying “hindsight is 20-20” holds a lot of truth for me. That’s why, knowing what I know now, I believe the NHL absolutely has to take the hit Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs made on Edmonton Oiler Matt Fraser Monday out of the game. Why I felt ill as I watched Fraser struggle to his feet.