Jason Gregor
March 20 2013 10:47AM

Breaking News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is sick and will not play tonight...Rishaug just reported from the rink. So Oilers will have to dress two non-centres tonight. Ouch.

After a gutsy third period got them a win over Nashville on Sunday, the Oilers need to attack the struggling San Jose Sharks early tonight and get them on their heels. The Sharks have been one of the worst teams in the league since February 1st.

The Sharks are a woeful 5-10-6 after starting the season with seven straight wins. The Sharks outscored their opponents 27-12 in their first 7 games, but they've been outscored 59-36 in their last 21.

They Sharks are struggling and if the Oilers want to stay in the playoff hunt tonight is a game they need to win.

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Irresponsible speculation: Cody McCormick for Ben Eager?

Jonathan Willis
March 20 2013 08:47AM

The Edmonton Oilers would doubtless like to rid themselves of Ben Eager’s contract. The recently waived forward is due $1.2 million next season ($1.1 million cap hit) and given his recent demotion to Oklahoma City, he’s not going to be worth that to the Oilers.

The Buffalo Sabres are in a similar position with Cody McCormick. The 29-year old cleared waivers earlier this year and currently has five points in 11 AHL games; he is owed $1.0 million next season ($1.2 million cap hit) and it’s a fair bet the Sabres don’t want to pay that.

Could those two unconnected paragraphs be the nucleus for a trade?

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Robin Brownlee
March 19 2013 06:24PM

The misery fans have endured since the Edmonton Oilers lost Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final to the Carolina Hurricanes has included seeing their team hopelessly out of playoff contention more often than not by the time the first day of spring rolls around.

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The Rebound Game

Jason Strudwick
March 19 2013 11:39AM

Everything was going pretty well for Jeff Petry. After a slow start his defensive game was rounding into form and he had found the offensive part of his game. He was playing about twenty minutes most nights, a solid twenty minutes. He was getting back into the groove that made Oiler fans hope he was one of the answers on Edmonton's blueline.

Then this happened...

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It’s a new economy

Jonathan Willis
March 19 2013 08:53AM

Photo: Michael Miller/Wikimedia

If new contracts handed out to Anaheim Ducks forwards Ryan Getzlaf (earlier this month) and Corey Perry (last night) are any indication, the economics of signing a star player under the new collective bargaining agreement are going to be significantly different than they were under the old one.

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