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Can The Oilers Make A Run Before The All-Star Break?



I’m not exactly sure Oilers fans would be happy with a spirited third period two nights ago against a New Jersey Devils team that has struggled all season.

Despite being outplayed for 40 minutes Wednesday night, the Oilers came back to tie the Devils in the third period, ultimately falling in overtime. In looking for positives to take from the game, the Oilers gained a point, at least. They ended their four-game losing streak without a point, and Ales Hemsky lit the lamp with a power play goal, some encouraging signs for the Oilers if they can go on a run mid-season to get back into the playoff race. If they can&rsq...

Oilers vs Blackhawks like Oil and Water as Oilers down Hawks 4-3


With the first game in the New Year the Chicago Blackhawks were looking to continue their winning ways from December. The last time they played the Oilers in Edmonton it was a complete debacle in Alberta. This however is the season of resolutions and after some soul searching as a team and a new year I thought would bring a new result but I was wrong.

The Blackhawks needed to stay out of the penalty box as the Edmonton Oilers have a good power play and rank fourth overall in the NHL but just couldn’t do it.  I was also looking for improvement on the Blackhawks power play and continued stellar defense as the previous games with Edmonton were high scoring but n...

Isles Strike Oil With 4-1 Win Over Edmonton

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The Islanders played host this afternoon to the Edmonton Oilers on Ken Morrow night, as the former Isles defenseman was being inducted into the Islanders Hall of Fame. The last player to be inducted a little over a month ago was the team's first captain, Ed Westfall. The home team would go on to lose 6-0 that night to the Boston Bruins. But today Ken Morrow's name would ring with pride as the Islanders would go on to win 4-1 and establish a two-game winning streak.

The first period saw the Isles take a 1-0 lead on the power play as Ben Eager was serving a roughing penalty. And get used to that statement, because Eager made himself right at home in the shameful sin bin with a total of 16 PIMs on the day, not one of them from a fighting major. PA Parenteau would drag the puck through the slot and have it taken away from him, only to land perfectly on John Tavares' stick. With Devan Dubnyk down and out of position after the puck changed directions, Tavares was able to bury the puck with ease. Matt Moulson had the secondary assist.

The Oilers would tie the game later in the period after a fluky shot made it's way past Evgeni Nabokov. Nino Niederreiter was caught out of position, forcing him to dive stick first in order to block the shot from the point. He got a piece of it, allowing the puck to change directions and pinball it's way through the crease. Sam Gagner was credited with the goal with the assists going to Corey Potter and former Islander Andy Sutton.

Oilers Look To End Struggles In San Jose Tonight


The Oilers’ struggles continued Thursday night in a 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, being outshot 42-20. Having four days off before the game could either be a good thing or a bad thing, and for the Oilers, it was a bad thing. They couldn’t get their legs going and the Coyotes coasted past them as if they were nothing. Tonight, the Oilers (14-14-3) look to get back on the right track after two straight losses as they take on the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks (16-10-3) come into the game tonight after a 5-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche, a game in which they had to overcome a two-goal ...

UPDATE: Andy Sutton Suspended Eight Games


 Andy Sutton was suspended by the National Hockey League on Thursday after a hit to the Hurricanes' Alexei Panikorovsky Wednesday night.  Sutton leaped up and creamed Ponikarovsky along the boards.  That wasn't all for Sutton, as he delivered a violent hit to star Jeff Skinner, sending him to the ice and vaulting Sutton into a tilt of his own against Tim Gleason. If you missed the hit that Sutton is going to be suspended for, the NHL Network's EJ Hradek explains why Sutton needs to change his game because pretty soon he may be suspended for a lengthy period. Sutton has been offered the option of an in-person hearing.  It's Sutto...

2006 Stanley Cup Rematch of Sorts Tonight; Taylor Hall Returns To Ice Today

The Hurricanes visit Edmonton tonight to play against the Oilers in a 2006 Stanley Cup Rematch.  Just for one game, though.  If Hurricanes fans can think back to 2006 and put some juice into their fandom, maybe this game would matter in Carolina.

The Hurricanes come in with only eight wins on the season.  Edmonton is staying afloat and showing promise in the young season.  If I had to pick right now, I'd pick the Oilers to come out on top.  The Oilers will be looking for redemption after a loss to Calgary and the Hurricanes are in the middle of a western Canadian coast trip that usually bludgeons teams. ...

Drawing The Line: Isles Will Move To "Conference D" Next Season

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It wasn't news to anyone that the NHL would be setting up a new realignment plan for the 2012-2013 season. Plenty of speculation went into this idea as to how it would effect the current Eastern and Western Conferences. The Winnipeg Jets, although presently in the East, seemed to be a team that would make much more sense in the West. Rumors began to run that the Detroit Red Wings would move to the Eastern Conference, or even quite possibly the Nashville Predators.

The bigger question, and one that still looms over the hearts of many fans out in the desert, is whether or not the Phoenix Coyotes will still be in any Conference next year. They are currently in what seems to be the final year of their lease agreement after almost being relocated this past summer. There's still a good possibility that they might be relocated in the near future as well, but all of that remains in limbo as the 2012 season moves forward.

However, the NHL and it's Board of Governors could not wait to see what happens in Phoenix and passed a very dramatic change to the current alignment. The Eastern and Western Conferences will ultimately be removed next year; the standard two conferences that consist of 15 teams will become four conferences with either seven or eight teams in each one.

Blue Jackets Down, Battle of Alberta Next

With a convincing victory last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Edmonton Oilers continue to clime the Western Conference standings. 

With 29 points, the Oilers are tied for the 8th spot in the conference and tied for 2nd in the division.  Despite the recent injuries, the Oilers have kept pace to compete for a playoff spot.  Breaking a mini 3 game losing streak was important, despite the opposition.

To say the Columbus Blue Jackets have had a rough season is an understatement.  The Blue Jackets have been riding a hot goalie in Curtis Sanford.  The Oilers have the best home power play and they proved why early in the game.  Jordan E...

Oilers Fall in Shootout to Wild; Why This Team Could Be Fun to Watch in the Future

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is on fire for the Edmonton Oilers, but that didn't translate to a win last night against the Minnesota Wild.  


Despite a goal and an assist from the #1 pick, which puts him 4th in the scoring leader list with 27, the Oilers fell to the Wild last night 3-2 in a shootout.  The Oilers climbed...

Bulin Wall Rides Again

The high flying Edmonton Oilers were the visiting team in a packed bell Centre and they skated away with a 3-1 victory.

The first period was an even affair with both teams playing well defensively. The shots on goal were 6-4 in favour of the younger Oilers. The passes on both sides were not crisp and precise and the penalties were even at 2 apiece. 

The trend in Habs games this year has been to play not to give up the first goal in the first period then start skating in the second. This game continued this trend, with the Habs giving the Oilers all they could handle in the second period.  

The re-emergence of Nikolai Khabibulin - the Bulin Wall was once again i...