January 21 2014 11:44PM
The Edmonton Oilers fell 2-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. The Canucks held the edge in play and in scoring chances, particularly at even-strength. The Oilers kept the score close but could generate almost nothing offensively when the top line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle were off the ice.
After the game, head coach Dallas Eakins faced some rather pointed questions about the Oilers' physical play. And he replied with some equally pointed answers.
January 21 2014 06:58PM
We're at a point in the season where we can safely begin looking forward to summer activities. The procurement of players to help win hockey games in 2014-15 has to be on the mind of management. One internal option for the Oilers this off-season: bringing back the Finn! Harski's winter in the land of Dr. Zhivago could end with a one-way ticket to good old our town. Is he better than Joensuu? Ryan Jones? Can he win a job over Tyler Pitlick?.
January 21 2014 12:04PM
John Tortorella is on third day of his 15 day suspension, but tonight is the first game he'll miss as head coach of the Canucks. It is too early to tell how the Canucks will react to 15 days without their fiery coach.
You have to believe the Canucks will bring a lot energy and emotion into Rexall tonight, and it would be nice to see the Oilers match their desire. The Oilers don't have enough guys to brawl with them, but they need to learn to match the intensity of their opponents.
Tonight will be a good test.
January 21 2014 06:09AM
What is happening on the Oilers’ farm team? Which players are legitimate call-up options? Which prospects are improving their stock and which ones are falling off the map?
With Edmonton’s playoff ambitions dead for months, the focus of fans naturally turns to the future and a good chunk of that future can be found in the American Hockey League.
January 20 2014 11:43PM
Devan Dubnyk's SV% had improved during his first three NHL seasons. His first season he had a .910, then 9.14 and last year he finished with a .920SV%, but this year in 29 games with the Oilers his SV%, .896, and his overall play took a huge dip.
What happened? I asked him.