GDB 59.0: IMPROVEMENT NEEDED

Jason Gregor
February 21 2012 01:01PM

 

The Oilers are 4-4-2 in their last ten. They've been good, bad, great and awful in the ten-game stretch, and with only Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Theo Peckham/Corey Potter out of the lineup this is the healthiest they've been all season. Unfortunately, their play lately hasn't shown much to make you believe that next year will be better. I know it has only been a short window of healthiness, and not having your #1 centre is a big void, but imagine this lineup with Nugent-Hopkins and without Ales Hemsky and will they be that much better?

If this team is going to improve it has to start within the NW, and especially against the despised Calgary Flames. The Flames have beaten the Oilers nine straight, and they've outscored them 37-19.

Since December 31st, 2008 the Flames are 18-2 v. the Oilers. The past 38 months of the Battle of Alberta (BOA) has been more one-sided than * The Battle of Omdurman. (pictured above)

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ON THE ROAD: CONTIKI III: FIRE LIMBO AND SPIDER EATING

Wanye
February 20 2012 11:42PM

 

Last time, we had just crossed the Laos border and had boarded a boat to float down the Mekong River. We had been told that this part of the trip would be the serene calm before the storm and to rest up as much as we could on the two-day journey.

Then it would get crazy.

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ARMCHAIR GM XV: DOWN A CHIP

Robin Brownlee
February 20 2012 11:52AM

Granted, the market was at best minute and any return wasn't going to be much more than a box of tape or a bucket of pucks, but Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has one less bargaining chip to play between now and the NHL trade deadline, thanks to Nikolai Khabibulin's tender groin.

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Khabibulin Out, Danis In

Jonathan Willis
February 20 2012 11:16AM

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled American Hockey League goaltender Yann Danis after Nikolai Khabibulin suffered a groin injury in last night’s contest against the Vancouver Canucks.

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The Development of Defensemen

Jason Strudwick
February 20 2012 09:54AM

 

 

Becoming an NHL player is a process. In general, a prospect must work very hard, stay healthy and have some luck on his side to get a chance at a full time NHL roster spot.

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