Learning From Smid and Gilbert

Jonathan Willis
January 12 2012 04:41PM

Tom Gilbert and Ladislav Smid are both having the best seasons of their NHL careers. Both players have taken a long road to get to where they are today. Gilbert is 29 years old, and while he’s been a solid defender for ages he’s only taken the next step now, more than 300 games into his career. Smid is younger, just 25, but he’s also more than 300 games into his NHL career.

It’s something worth remembering, when looking at all of the Oilers’ young defensemen.

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Jason Gregor
January 11 2012 11:16PM

Did she just do that?

Something tell me that she has never suffered from S.O.B.S (you'll learn what that means later), but I'm also guessing she is kind of a show off. Really who can't look at their own butt? Okay, let's be honest most of us struggle to twist around and face the mirror while try to see how our cabosse looks.

Clearly she looks at herself in ways none of us can, but she likely has something in common with Dustin "Pancakes" Penner; she probably doesn't take herself too serious.

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Jason Gregor
January 11 2012 12:15PM


The Oilers start the second half of their season hoping they can find some consistency and learn how to play better in the 3rd period. The Oilers have been outscored 44-31 in the 3rd, despite outscoring the opposition 36-32 in the 1st and 43-40 in the 2nd. They need to be smarter and sometimes more patient in the 3rd and wait for the opposition to make a mistake, similar to the Wings and Pens, rather than try risky plays.

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Does the Momentum Boost From Fighting Help Teams Win Games?

Jonathan Willis
January 11 2012 02:40AM

It’s a scene anyone who watches NHL hockey has seen: two players squaring off, dropping the gloves, and going at it. One player might dominate the other, the two players might draw more or less even, but after the fight the teams will generally get back to playing 5-on-5 hockey (barring an instigator penalty to one player.)

Usually, one team will come out playing better after the fight. And usually, the commentator that evening will make a point of mentioning that Player X’s big fight win and/or willingness to go toe-to-toe with a beast like Player Y has given his team momentum.

Is there any truth to that story?

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Robin Brownlee
January 10 2012 06:31PM

Before any of us can try to figure out what the Edmonton Oilers are going to do as a team in the second half of the season, it makes sense to try to get a handle on how individual players might fare.

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