August 21 2011 05:00PM
Where--exactly--does Nikolai Khabibulin stand with the Edmonton Oilers? The answer could have an enormous impact on the Oilers 11-12 season. Tom Renney has already told us.
August 21 2011 04:32PM
The Edmonton Oilers’ record in one-goal games last season was 9-10-12; put another way they won nine and lost 22 of the games they played that were decided by just one goal.
This statistic has been cited by various figures with the team at various points of last season and over the summer as a reason for optimism – after all, if the Oilers lost that many close games, it follows that if they compete a little harder in those contests they could significantly improve their record, doesn’t it?
August 21 2011 07:57AM
Injuries at the NHL level can have tremendous impact on the team. In 2009-10, the Oilers’ fall to last place in the NHL was blamed in part on injuries to Ales Hemsky and Nikolai Khabibulin. In the comments section here, various parties pointed to those injuries and asked how a team like the Penguins would do without Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury (one hears that less often these days, for multiple obvious reasons).
Were the Oilers been particularly unlucky when it came to injuries in 2010-11?
August 20 2011 07:29PM
The Edmonton Oilers rolled the dice on a reclamation project with Jason Smith back in 1999 and came up winners. Is there a chance Cam Barker could provide the Oilers the same kind of payoff?
August 20 2011 02:55PM
The Los Angeles Kings continue to stock up on former Oiler left wingers. Word this aftenoon that Ethan Moreau will sign this week on the left coast.