December 29 2013 10:39AM
The key for any organization is procurement, and for NHL teams most of that comes from the annual Entry draft. The Oilers signed Mitchell Moroz to an entry level deal yesterday, confirming the young man has developed enough since draft day to warrant three years of commitment from the organization. How much has he progressed?
December 28 2013 11:23PM
So, are the Edmonton Oilers actually as lousy as their record at the halfway point of their schedule or have they under-achieved through their first 41 games?
While I didn’t see the Oilers as Western Conference playoff contenders this season, I'm leaning heavily toward the latter when I look at a team that is an underwhelming 13-24-4 for 30 points after reaching the halfway pole by coughing up a 2-0 lead in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Rexall Place Saturday.
December 28 2013 02:18PM
In a season where we've seen Oiler goalies do the regrettable, the impossible awaits. After Devan Dubnyk posted the first Oiler shutout in Shametown ever, Ilya Bryzgalov has a chance to play his old team—the Philadelphia Flyers!
December 27 2013 11:33PM
The young center pursued the puck carrier and disrupted the breakout, as the Flames power play clock ticked down. One sortie after another was disrupted, as Baby Nuge singlehandedly impacted tonight's game in a positive way. As I was watching 93 on the penalty-kill, I was reminded of the great Dave Keon, who 40 years earlier played the same game—tireless puck pursuit and using speed to upset timing—and at 20, he possesses something the other kids cannot claim—a natural ability to think the defensive game.
December 27 2013 12:01PM
pic via: PremierofAlberta
It is a great time of year to be a hockey fan. As is boxing day tradition, I am sure many of us set our cell-phones for a painfully early wake-up on boxing day to take in the most hallowed of holiday traditions, the Spengler Cup. As I am sure you all know, Byron Ritchie helped Canada to a 5-4 win over Viktovice Steel of the Czech league which delighted the entire family I am sure.
It is important to remember that in the eye of the 'Spengler Hurricane' as it were, that is the non-stop wall-to-wall coverage of Team Canada in Davos (who will Alexandre Bolduc be playing with?! Is this Glen Metropolit's last Spengler?!) there is still NHL action to consider, and for Flames fans it doesn't get much better.
It is the 213th installment of the Battle of Alberta tonight and both teams are coming off big victories. With their respective wins in their last games, the Oilers (12-24-3) just snapped a six-game losing streak while the Flames (14-17-6) won for the first time in four games.