January 29 2013 08:37AM
Last night, the Oilers' third goal - like all their goals - came on the power play, but it was pretty ugly. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fired a slap pass that was redirected by Taylor Hall and then redirected by Shawn Horcoff past Semyon Varlamov in the Avalanche net.
The whole shift leading up to the goal was an interesting one.
January 28 2013 11:45PM
Their powerplay gave them a 3-0 lead, but then the Oilers relied on Devan Dubnyk's 35 saves in the final 40 minutes to preserve the 4-1 victory.
The Oilers played their best first period of the season. They stayed out of the penalty box and applied consistent pressure in the offensive zone at EV strength forcing the Avalanche to take three first-period penalties.
Then their powerplay took over.
January 28 2013 01:14PM
In four games the Edmonton Oilers have a whopping two goals while playing 5-on-5. Jordan Eberle scored one v. Vancouver and Taylor Hall potted the other against the Sharks. NHL.com says they have four goals at EV, but two of them came with an extra skater in the final five seconds of the game, Nail Yakupov v. LA and Sam Gagner v. Calgary, so to me those are 6-on-5 goals and come with an EV asterisk.
The Oilers have played almost 165 minutes of 5-on-5 hockey and they have a paltry two goals, and to make matters worse they've given up nine at even strength.
If the Oilers are going to stay competitive in the western conference they need to start scoring at EV, and their top line needs to produce more.
January 28 2013 12:47PM
As the lockout becomes a more and more distant memory life is returning to normal quickly. Whitney is being blamed for a slow start in Edmonton, children are screaming at Horcoff with wild eyes afire and Jordan Eberle is already cruising to the top of the scoring race.
Ah the good life. Today we update NationDrafts out of the gate, give a status on NationHoodies and summarize the Charitable Donations from the Nation Network so far in 2013.
January 28 2013 11:19AM
So NHL hockey is back and every nation site is rocking with tons of daily content, comments, arguments and the odd terrible MS paint picture or photoshop.
Every site, that is, except for the baby in the network: JetsNation.
I convinced Wanye to buy JetsNation.ca and develop the site as soon as they announced a team would be returning to Winnipeg because, hey! Opportunity! I figured it would be easy to track down tons of shiny new excited bloggers and that JetsNation would be bigger than the Beatles in no time.