December 10 2010 11:59AM
On February 24th, 2009 Steven Stamkos played his first NHL game at Rexall Place. That night he scored his 11th goal of the season, had four shots, won eight of 12 faceoffs and played 17:17. When we left Rexall that night, little did we know that was the begining of Stamkos' coming out party. He went on to score 12 goals in the final 20 games that year, followed it up with 51 last season, and now he has 21 goals in 28 games to start this year; 84 goals in his last 130 NHL games. Not bad.
The scary part for the Oilers is that he comes into Edmonton tonight with no goals and only two points in his last six games. It's only a matter of time before he breaks out, and tonight will likely be the night.
December 10 2010 12:37AM
"Adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it."
I don't know who to credit with that old saying, but I've always believed it to be true. I'm wondering, in that context, what will be revealed about the Edmonton Oilers in the next month, a stretch that will see them play nine or 10 games without injured Ales Hemsky and captain Shawn Horcoff.
December 09 2010 12:37PM
Linus Omark and Ryan O'Marra took part in their first practice and it looks like both will play tomorrow v. the Lightning. They have been playing on a line in OKC for most of the year and tomorrow they will have Ryan Jones on their wing. Sam Gagner will replace Shawn Horcoff between Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, while Dustin Penner moves to the RW alongside Andrew Cogliano and Magnus Paajarvi. Gilbert Brule will skate on the fourth line with Colin Fraser and either JF Jacques or Zack Stortini.
December 08 2010 06:26PM
Ever since he broke into the league as an 18-year old, Sam Gagner’s been a regular in the Oilers’ shootout rotation. Initially, it made sense, as Gagner’s signature 3000 dekes move fooled goaltenders. By the end of his rookie season, however, Gagner had scored just five times on 17 attempts – a 29.4% success rate, just below average for an NHL shooter.
December 08 2010 06:11PM
A scant 5 days ago, our esteemed colleague Jason Gregor wrote an obituary to the Exciting Last Place Hockey movement.