Edmonton Oilers show signs of improvement but sink against San Jose Sharks

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-12-19

It took two new bench bosses and a demand for more a more energetic effort for the Edmonton Oilers to finally shake off some past sins. But only some. For the first time since Nov. 28, the Oilers scored more than two goals. They led after the first period for the second time in as many games and only the fifth time this season.

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Edmonton Oilers show signs of improvement but sink against San Jose Sharks

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-12-19

It took two new bench bosses and a demand for more a more energetic effort for the Edmonton Oilers to finally shake off some past sins. But only some. For the first time since Nov. 28, the Oilers scored more than two goals. They led after the first period for the second time in as many games and only the fifth time this season.

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Crisis In Edmonton

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2014-12-19

During the Christmas break, I will be spending time with family in my childhood home of Edmonton, Alberta: Formerly known as the City of Champions. This didn’t come as a shock to me because that moniker has been synonymous with winning. Edmonton’s sports teams have won many championships between the late 1970s and the early 1990s. The CFL’s Eskimos were a football juggernaut back then, having won five straight Grey Cup Championships. The Oilers who had merged from the defunct WHA to the NHL took only four years to reach the Stanley Cup Final, and five to win it’s first of five Cups. Since then, things have been somewhat gloomy. While Edmonton has progressed socially a

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Quick third period goals lead Sharks past Oilers

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-19

Matt Tennyson and Barclay Goodrow scored within 34 seconds in the third period as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Thursday night. More to come…

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C'est La Vie

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-12-19

Despite a strong effort through forty minutes, the Oilers increase their newest winless streak to six. The Edmonton Oilers came into tonight’s game as the only team to beat the San Jose Sharks in their last eight—that was Edmonton’s only win in the last 17 games. So this Western Conference matchup seemed like as good an opportunity as any for the Oilers to stop their five game losing streak from snowballing any further. First Period 1:30 Ference makes a bad play at his own blue line. Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl go in on a 2-on-1. Thornton can’t take the pass from Hertl. 3:15 Petry with a good stick check on Marleau to stop the 3-on-2 rush. 6:15 Really creative passing from

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GDB 33.0 WRAP UP: Oilers @ Sharks

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-19

They say that "close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades" or something... Final Score: 4-3 Sharks.

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Random Trade Ideas That Just Make Sense

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-12-19

Follow me @IanEsplen and tweet me your thoughts   Nail Yakupov For Torey Krug and Malcolm Subban Thoughts: Edmonton has to do something more then just change the coach in order to change the culture of their team. I say the best way to do that is shake things up and move one of their high end guys for a top-4 D and a potential No. 1 netminder – 1 & 1A on their need list. Boston pulls the trigger here because they are likely not going to be able to re-sign Krug, they are solid in goal for the next six plus years and they need some scoring. Big-time move for both but in the end I think both organizations are better for it.   Curtis Glencross For John Moore Thoug

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Will Puck Luck Cause the Buffalo Sabres to Miss out on Connor McDavid?

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-12-19

The Buffalo Sabres are not a good hockey team. The consensus pick for dead last in the NHL before the 2014-15 season even started, the Sabres in an average game allow the opposition almost two shots at the net for every one they take. This is a team so self-admittedly terrible that it had presumptive first overall pick Connor McDavid’s Erie Otters come to town and play a game; McDavid himself noted to the Canadian Press earlier in the season that every time the Sabres lose his Twitter timeline explodes with mentions (h/t Sportsnet).   But then, the Sabres haven’t lost much at all lately. This is a team with nine wins in its last 13 games, a team that with 28 points sits

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Ten WJC-eligible players still in the NHL

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-19

With the 2015 World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto just around the corner, NHL teams faced decision time on whether or not to send the top prospects on their roster to the international under-20 tournament. The Ottawa Senators decided to send Curtis Lazar and the New York Rangers sent Anthony Duclair, while the Edmonton Oilers decided to not send Leon Draisaitl. With the NHL’s holiday roster freeze taking effect on Friday Dec., 19, here are the remaining 10 World Junior Championship-eligible players in the NHL and what their status is. Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks The ninth overall pick of the 2013 draft is averaging only 10:18 of ice time a night for the Canucks, which is th

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With no OKC Barons next year, Oilers will likely move AHL team to Bakersfield

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-12-19

When any Edmonton Oilers get sent to the minors next year, it almost certainly will be to join the most fun franchise in hockey.

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Hockey World: For fired NHL coaches, ‘life goes on’

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-12-19

There is life after being fired from your first National Hockey League head coaching gig if you’re Dallas Eakins, who need only look up the likes of Tom Renney, Claude Julien or Rick Bowness. Sometimes, though, you only get one kick at the can as a head man, like George Burnett, who spent 35 games with the Edmonton Oilers in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign, or Bruce Cassidy, who logged 110 games in 2002-03 and ’03-04with the Washington Capitals.

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Stock Watch for Top 6 Forwards for the Boston Bruins

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-12-18

The trade talk surrounding the Boston Bruins has all but accelerated from a flurry to a blizzard. Virtually all of it consists of rumored or proposed deals to reel in a top-six forward. As part of his evaluation of every Eastern Conference team’s needs, Stephen Burtch of sportsnet.ca wrote Tuesday, “The Bruins should be interested in adding a scoring winger like Chris Stewart, Drew Stafford, Joffrey Lupul, Tomas Fleischmann or Brad Boyes.” Meanwhile, Joe Haggerty of csnne.com penned a lengthy column, detailing what the Bruins would need to offer Edmonton in exchange for Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle. He later made a guest appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub Thursday morning, b

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