January 07 2012 10:56AM
The Oilers have taken a beating on this trip, and today they are a like a boxer, leaning back on the ropes trying to buy some time to avoid taking another blow that would KO them. The Oilers have lost five of six, they've given up 24 goals, they've been outshot 168-194 and they've lost two of their most consistent players in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Tom Gilbert in the first six games of this trip.
It would be easy to mail one in this afternoon in Dallas, and return to Rexall 1-6, but this year's team hasn't shown much quit, and I expect them to give a decent effort today.
January 07 2012 09:49AM
Jordan Eberle can't fly (despite appearances) but beyond that there appear to be few limitations. Eberle's importance to this edition of the Edmonton Oilers impacts the team on and off the ice.
January 06 2012 02:42PM
One of the true joys of living in Alberta is that glorious blue sky. Anyone who has spent a week on the coast during rainy season knows what a lack of sunshine can do to the soul. This week, blue skies across Alberta meant something special for Edmonton Oilers: defensive help is on the way, and blue, blue skies are on the horizon.
January 05 2012 11:11PM
The Edmonton Oilers will have to get along without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the rest of January because of a shoulder injury. I can't imagine the news will get any better when Ryan Whitney meets with team medical staff in Dallas to discuss his difficult comeback from ankle surgery.
January 05 2012 03:10PM
A moment of clumsiness by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has opened a door of opportunity for Sam Gagner. His future with the Edmonton Oilers might well hinge on how gracefully and effectively he steps through it.