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.
Absolutely no peeking. This is serious business. The quarterly report cards are in and we need to be very sensitive about how word gets out. So, open this but please don’t gossip about the contents inside. We want to make sure everyone gets their marks in the proper manner.
We used to see the MacBlender almost every second game, but tonight is the first time we’ll see the Render, as Tom Renney hit BLEND and HIGH for the first time and came up with some new line combinations in the hope his offence can get out of neutral.
In the storied history of the Edmonton Oilers, few trades have turned out better than Colin Fraser and a 7th round pick for Ryan Smyth. Hell, I’m not even certain there IS a 7th round! I’m not sure it’s the biggest trade in Oiler history, but it’s the longest and that’s for sure.
David Staples caused a little conversation today with his recent article "Ryan Smyth rocks it on the road, while Nugent-Hopkins drops it." I’m thrilled at the title, which is at least as long as some of mine. As for the idea behind it, well what is reasonable? What should we be expecting after 17 games?
The many Nations in the Commonwealth are represented this week on NationRadio with a litlle something for everyone. Oklahoma City provides an Oilers related AHL update. Calgary and Toronto receive sound analysis. And some new people you know from around the interwebz also make an appearance on the Big Show with Fleet Commander Lowetide. Finally…
A picture is worth a thousand words. For instance, I’m fairly certain the Barons coaching staff would have had this defensive sequence drawn up a little differently, but stuff happens in the heat of battle. Checking the standings, OKC’s Barons are flying to historic heights, but the boxcars look pedestrian. What’s that about? Who’s the MVP?…
Not to yank the big jug of Kool-Aid from the blue-stained lips of giddy Edmonton Oilers fans, but they might want to take a snapshot of the gaudy 7-2-2 record the 2013 Stanley Cup champs are boasting as they open a six-game road trip in Los Angeles Thursday.
There is a growing market for inexpensive forwards who can help move the needle offensively. Detroit, Carolina and possibly Boston, with the list growing daily. Throughout the NHL, the word is out: the goalies are ahead of the snipers and teams are looking for solutions. One of those possible solutions is available via Edmonton.
Michael Myers refusing to buy the farm again and again in that seemingly endless series of Halloween slasher flicks has nothing on Nikolai Khabibulin and the Edmonton Oilers when it comes to scripts that are absolutely unbelievable.
Indeed this is unchartered territory for the Nation. Since this site debuted in the spring of 2007 you have mostly been witness to losing seasons, an endless parade of players to the infirmary, skilled players who weren’t that skilled, a lack of size, questionable goaltending and you’ve sat through four seasons of losing hockey,…
The Oilers are winless in four NW division games thus far, and tonight they will try to change that against the current three-time NW division champion, Vancouver Canucks. If the Oilers have any hope of making the playoffs they need to start beating teams within their division.