March 18 2013 01:46PM
The Oilers are only two points out of a playoff spot and four points back of the division leading Minnesota Wild/Vancouver Canucks.
How is that possible? Ten days ago most had written them off, after back-to-back shut out losses in Detroit and Nashville, but since then they've picked up 7 of 8 points and suddenly they sit in 10th place in the ultra-tight western conference.
The Oilers play seven games before the April 3rd trade deadline, and those results should give us an indication if the Oilers will be buyers or sellers.
March 17 2013 10:52PM
It was a bad night to be Sergei Kostitsyn.
March 17 2013 01:01PM
Sunday’s game finds two teams in more or less the same place. Nashville has been terrible on the road and find themselves in danger of falling out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference. Edmonton, meanwhile, has struggled mightily at home and is two points back of the Predators in the post-season race.
March 17 2013 10:02AM
When it comes to evaluating prospects, the accepted time frame is 5 years; five seasons after a player is drafted, signed as a minor league free agent or begins his career with a PTO. That's when we can begin to view a player as a bust or a contributing hockey player. Before the five year window closes? We watch the arrows, good and bad.
March 16 2013 01:16PM
The Edmonton Oilers shuffled their lines in practice today, including Eric Belanger - a player close to returning but not quite there yet.
By the look of things, Teemu Hartikainen will be on the outside looking in, which probably means he can expect a brief AHL stint when the Oilers eventually bring Belanger off the injured reserve list.