January 12 2016 01:15PM
Tonight is the beginning of what could be the most important twelve days of the Edmonton Oilers' season. They play seven games (five on the road) during this span and they need to get some wins to stay within striking distance of the third place Vancouver Canucks in the Pacific division.
Vancouver ended Florida's 12-game winning streak last night and are now seven points ahead of the Oilers, with a game in hand. The goal for the Oilers was to play meaningful games down the stretch, but if they don't win some games before the All-Star break they could be 10+ points out of the race by the end of the month.
Chris the Intern
January 12 2016 12:10PM
We have some great news today citizens! Is Connor McDavid coming back? No! Is Oscar "Abs" Klefbom returning? Heck no! The good news is that these are the only two Oilers on the IR as of today! I'm too lazy to look back at my previous injury reports, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time all season there has been such a low number of injuries. Granted, those are arguably our two most important players, but it is still a good feeling and we should all be half-smiling about it.
North By NorthGretz
January 11 2016 04:00PM
CELEBRITY GUEST ALERT!! This week The Knick's Eric Johnson stops by to talk acting, playing a doctor on TV, the Oilers season so far and the Seth Jones trade, Chris The Intern gives his hot takes on soup, we do another round of Ask The Idiots and much, much more!
January 11 2016 02:00PM
The Oilers are 3-8-1 in their last 12 games, but due to a hot streak at the beginning of December the Oilers are still above .500 in their last 18 games (9-8-1). Considering they won their first five games in December without Connor McDavid, Nail Yakupov and Benoit Pouliot, and then lost Oscar Klefbom in the fifth game and still won their sixth, was rather remarkable.
I'd argue Klefbom's injury has impacted the team more than McDavid's (I will explain later), and his injury combined with an atrocious powerplay and some bad luck this past weekend has the Oilers once again on the brink of falling out of the playoff race.
January 11 2016 09:00AM
We are just over the halfway mark of the season. Sunday’s game was #43 on the year and there has been a lot going on. As Edmonton is under the watchful eye of a new general manager, a lot of the players have been auditioning for their jobs. We will know better after the trade deadline which direction the new management wants to take with the roster. The first half of the season has only shown Chiarelli part of the picture, but there’s still a lot about this team we don’t know. This article is about what we know. I’ll follow it up with another about what we don’t know.