March 16 2015 06:40PM
There isn't much love between Leafs fans and Oilers fans, however, both groups share one common bond: both have endured a decade of despair. The Oilers and Leafs have only made the playoffs once in the past ten years. The Oilers made it in 2006, but haven't been close since, while the Leafs missed the dance for the first seven years, made it in 2013 only to suffer a painful game seven loss to the Bruins, and are now starting another streak of two seasons without the postseason.
No fan base in Canada has suffered more than those who cheer for the Leafs and Oilers since the beginning of the 2005/2006 season, and only fans in Florida can relate to your struggles.
March 16 2015 03:00PM
Jordan Eberle made an interesting comment today as to why the PP is doing better under Nelson. As per Derek Van Diest, Eberle had this to say: “I think maybe on the start of the year we were really focused on shooting the puck and Corsi numbers. When that starts creeping in your head, you’re just shooting the puck just to shoot it and you’re not trying to create the best opportunity you can.”
That’s going to stir up the hornet’s nest quite a bit. As someone who has been interested in the Power Play and the numbers it’s indeed a very interesting comment. For the Anti-Stats people it will be something of a rallying cry, I suppose. There are loads of people who haven’t trusted the advanced stats crowd and here in Edmonton the conversation is extremely heated.
March 16 2015 09:05AM
Whether you're killing time at work, or sitting on your couch in your Ironman pyjamas, the mailbag is here to help you kill off a little bit of your Monday. Whether that time killed is company time, or time killed until it's socially acceptable to drink - we don't care - we just care that you're here. Of course, by "we", I totally mean "me." Thank you. If you have a question for the mailbag, you can email me or hit me up on Twitter. Until then, I present another edition of the Mailbag.
March 16 2015 05:43AM
Yesterday I wrote an article about going to a Norwegian Pro Hockey game that contained about 6 words about the actual game. This is part 2. If you want to comment on something Oilers related you got 99 options but this ain't one.
March 15 2015 06:01PM
Bogdan Yakimov is putting solid weeks together and appears to be emerging as a legit NHL option for the future. This week, he was one of the Oilers' top prospects and is joined by Andrew Miller, Laurent Brossoit, Kyle Platzer, Joey Laleggia and Antti Tyrvainen.