THE BIG PICTURE: OILERS NEED MORE DUBNYK

Robin Brownlee
December 20 2010 05:15PM

Given their track record of developing goaltenders, I'm wondering if the Edmonton Oilers are going to finally get it right for the rest of this season where it regards handling Devan Dubnyk. I'm not hopeful.

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AROUND THE LEAGUE: WEEK ELEVEN

Jason Gregor
December 20 2010 10:58AM

Do you remember the wickedly awesome video game for Intellivision, Slap Shot: Super Pro Hockey? If not, the pic above illustrates the kick-ass graphics, and the advanced thinking of why the NHL should go to a 3-on-3 format before the shootout.

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Looking To Next Summer

Jonathan Willis
December 19 2010 01:43PM

It’s still early, but a few Oilers players with expiring contracts this summer are already giving us a good indication of how the organization might deal with them when the season comes to a close.

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Another Rookie?

Lowetide
December 19 2010 07:05AM

This is Wally Pipp. Legend has it that (while the Yankees starting first baseman) he asked out of a ballgame due to a headache. Although there is evidence that the real story had more to do with a batting slump, the headache story sounds better so most go with it.

Replacing Pipp in the Yankee lineup on June 2, 1925? Some college kid named Lou Gehrig, who would go on to play 2,130 consecutive games at the position. Soon Pipp was off to the National League and Cincinnati, where the story goes he never asked for a day off again.

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Improvement

Jonathan Willis
December 18 2010 11:44AM

One of the things I'm looking for from the Oilers this season is gradual improvement.  I wrote the team off as a playoff contender before the season began based on the roster, but that doesn't mean I was without optimism; the Oilers have an extremely young roster and I viewed this as a development year.

Looking for improvement, I decided to go back through the scoring chance data collected by Dennis King and published at mc79hockey.com.  There's a noticeable trend in every aspect of the Oilers game.

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