Almost Saturday Night

November 21 2011 09:04PM

Ladsilav Smid has been maturing as an NHL defenseman in full view of NHL audiences for over 5 years now. We know young people don't develop in a straight line--ask any parent--and we also know that playing defense in the NHL is a very tough discipline. When you make a mistake, it's in the net and you're exposed on the highlight reel. So, congratulations to Laddy Smid for climbing Everest. Here's hoping you have some company soon.

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Robin Brownlee
November 21 2011 02:12PM

Healthy and happy again, Sheldon Souray resisted the urge to dish any dirt when reporters gathered around this morning looking for some juicy quotes about his unhappy time with the Edmonton Oilers. Souray took the high road, and it looked good on him.

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Jason Gregor
November 21 2011 11:58AM

On November 1st, the Stars and Oilers were tied with Chicago for first place in the western conference with 16 points. The Stars were 8-3, while the Oilers were 7-2-2. The Stars won their next three games and were sitting pretty at 11-3, before the wheels fell off. Now they find themselves on a five-game losing streak. The Oilers and Stars are once again tied in points, 22, but they are now tied for 8th place with St.Louis.

How quickly things can change in the western conference.

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Jason Gregor
November 21 2011 11:30AM

Oilersnation newest writer, Jason Strudwick, has signed a one-year contract to play with Sodertajle in Sweden. No truth to the rumour that he will be hosting hockey schools, but he'll likely put on a clinic of off-the-glass-and-out passes. All kidding aside, he’s already on his way to Sweden, but before he left I had a chance to catch up with him about his recent signing.

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Oilers Forwards By Scoring Chances, 2011-12

Jonathan Willis
November 20 2011 09:30PM

Last week, we looked at the even-strength scoring chances for and against while individual Oilers defensemen were on the ice; today, we’ll do the same for the forwards. The results, for the most part, match well with consensus opinion on the players involved.

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