February 21 2017 07:00AM
This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner.
The Atlantic Division is complete wide open. Every day, depending on who happens to have a game, the standings shuffle up and down, as only a whopping twelve points separates first from last in the division. The Canadiens have a closing window that their general manager will surely try to capitalize on, while the Red Wings, Sabres, and Lightning, have had disappointing seasons and could sell. In the middle are the Senators, who nobody expected to be playing so well, the Leafs who still have their eyes on the future, the Panthers who are finally playing at a high level, and the Bruins who, uh, who knows!
February 20 2017 01:00PM
The Oilers haven't enjoyed home ice advantage in the first round of a playoff series since 1990. They did have home ice advantage in the third round of the 1991 playoffs, but lost to the Minnesota North Stars in five games, after winning the first two rounds starting on the road in Calgary and Los Angeles.
Edmonton won first round series in 1991, 1992, 1997 and 1998, all without home ice advantage. Then they faced Dallas in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003 in the first round, losing all four.
In 2006 they went to the Cup Finals and started all four series on the road.
The Oilers haven't opened the playoffs with home ice advantage in 27 seasons, but that could change this year.
February 20 2017 11:00AM
I can say without any doubt Bill Guerin absolutely loved playing for the Edmonton Oilers, and he felt that way at a time when the glory days of five Stanley Cups were little more than a faded memory. Teammates and fans, in return, felt the same way about Guerin, a speedy power forward from Massachusetts who arrived in Edmonton via the New Jersey Devils in the 1998 trade that sent Jason Arnott the other way.
February 20 2017 09:00AM
For Edmonton Oilers fans long since embittered by their team’s lengthy playoff drought, the club’s performance this season has been a welcome change. Now, in mid-February, the club is in such a good position that it would take a historic collapse to miss the playoffs.
February 20 2017 07:00AM
Here we are on another pantless long-weekend Monday, but this time we look to avoid spending time with loved ones as opposed to pretending to be busy at work. With the trade deadline just around the corner, you need to prepare yourself as best you can and that includes absorbing the wisdom that's waiting for you in this week's mailbag. As always, the bag of mail depends on your brains, and if you have a question you can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Now, grab a coffee and leave your office line off the hook and learn something.