January 31 2013 11:51AM
The game between the Oilers and Coyotes last night was the sort of game Jacques Lemaire would love – a “low event” affair. With goals in short supply, I wanted to highlight one penalty-killing sequence in the first period where Eric Belanger and Lennart Petrell successfully forced the Coyotes out of the Oilers end after losing a faceoff.
January 31 2013 09:21AM
With no training camp it looks to me that NHL teams are still disorganized in areas. Two areas that look out of sync for most of them are areas the Oilers are having success, the penalty kill and off the rush.
January 31 2013 12:01AM
For the second time in six games Nail Yakupov came through with a huge goal for the Edmonton Oilers. Last Thursday he tied the game with 4.7 seconds remaining, and tonight he potted the winner from almost the identical spot on the ice and once again he batted the puck out of mid-air.
The kid loves the pressure, and now the Oilers have won two consecutive games for the first time this season.
January 30 2013 12:26PM
The first stop on a three-game-in-three-and-a-half-days-road-trip is tonight in Phoenix, in front of 8,000-10,000 fans. The Coyotes might not be in Phoenix long-term, because the crowds only come in the playoffs, but they are here now and Dave Tippett always has them well prepared.
January 30 2013 08:02AM
When the Oilers traded for Mark Fistric, it was good news for the team because it added a reliable, penalty-killing veteran who plays the game with a physical edge. It was bad news for Theo Peckham, since penalty-killing and a physical edge were the two things he added from his spot at the bottom of the defensive depth chart.
Peckham was activated off injured reserve by the Oilers on Tuesday. Now he’s likely the eighth defenceman, competing for a third-pairing job with Ryan Whitney, Corey Potter and Mark Fistric. Is there something he can do that the others can’t?