Justin Faulk of Carolina Hurricanes reportedly on the block. Does he make sense for Edmonton Oilers?

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-26

Game Day 63: Oilers vs Preds One line from the recent “Hockey World” column from my Hall of Fame colleague Jim Matheson really got my attention, the notion that Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes is on the block. Matheson wrote: “Scouts continue to say Carolina defenceman Justin Faulk, who is having a poor year (-19 and only 25 points) is in play at the trade deadline. He used to be their mainstay, but now the Hurricanes have Jaccob Slavin, Noah Hanifin and Brett Pesce. The ‘Canes need a young centre back.” My take The Edmonton Oilers need a young attacking defenceman — preferably with a right shot so Connor McDavid can feed him for one-timer slappers &#

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Oil Kings lose in Prince George, go winless on road trip

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-26

The Edmonton Oil Kings put up a good fight, but fell short in their second game, on the road, against the Prince George Cougars. The Oil Kings were defeated 5-2 on Saturday, losing every game of a six-game road trip. Conner McDonald and Tyler Robertson scored for the Oil Kings, while Jesse Gabrielle, with a pair, Jared Bethune, Josh Curtis and Radovan Bondra countered for the Cougars. Oil Kings goaltender Josh Dechaine made 42 saves in the loss, while Nick McBride turned aside 31 shots for the Cougars. Bethune opened the scoring for the home side 4:27 into the first period and Gabrielle added another just under eight minutes later to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. McDonald scored on the power

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Condors stifle Stockton 3-1 to sweep the weekend

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2017-02-26

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (22-20-5-1; .521) swept the two-game weekend homestand to slide into 4th place in the division, with a 3-1 victory over the Stockton Heat (20-22-4-1; .479) Saturday night at Rabobank Arena. Boxscore | Post-game Gerry Fleming | Puljujarvi goal | Lander goal FIRST PERIOD CONDORS GOAL: C Brodie Dupont (1) knocked a rebound in out of mid-air (Musil, Pochiro assists) at 10:05; BAK leads 1-0 SHOTS: BAK – 12 | STK – 6 SECOND PERIOD No scoring SHOTS: BAK – 13 | STK – 5 THIRD PERIOD CONDORS GOAL: C Anton Lander (18) one-timer from the slot (Puljujarvi assist) at 3:18; BAK leads 2-0 HEAT GOAL: R

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The Oilers Secondary Scoring Isn’t Getting Better

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2017-02-25

A key concern for the Oilers this season has been their inability to generate offence when McDavid is not on the ice. After 61 games, the Oilers rank 9th in the league, and 4th in the west, when it comes to goal-share at even-strength (5v5) play with 52.7%. With McDavid on the ice, the Oilers have outscored their opponents 52-34, a fantastic goals-for percentage of 60.5%. Without him, however, the team has been outscored 71-65, which translates to a 47.8% goal-share. While the club continues to do well as a whole, it’s largely riding on the shoulders of their young captain. Here’s how the team’s goal-share has trended this season, broken out into 25-game, rolling segments. With

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Oilers Game Day at Nashville Predators

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-25

Game Day Edmonton Oilers (33-21-8), 74 points vs Nashville Predators (30-22-9), 69 points, 3 p.m. SportsNet, 630 CHED. Last Five: Oilers (3-2) L 2-1@ Washington W 4-3 @ Florida L 4-1 @ Tampa W 3-1 @ Chicago W 6-3 vs Philadelphia Predators (3-2) W 5-2 vs Washington W 4-2 vs Colorado L 6-5 OT vs Calgary W 4-3 @ Columbus L  5-2 @ Minnesota Who To Watch: Oilers D Darnell Nurse. Odds are he’ll play his first game since Dec 1 when he broke a bone in his ankle and topped a ligament away tom the bone in a game in Winnipeg. He could be playing on the third pairing with Eric Gryba off Saturday’s practice. They’ve missed his physicality, but they plan on managing his minutes. He might only g

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Peter Chiarelli spending a lot of time on the phone looking for pre-deadline deals

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-25

NASHVILLE — Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli had his cell phone welded to his ear for most of his team’s practice Saturday at the Bridgestone Arena. But in lieu of binoculars and a lip-reader, we’re not sure what NHL lodge-brother he was talking to with the trade deadline approaching Wednesday (1 p.m. MDT). While the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks dipped their toes into the rental waters Friday, the Oilers are still quiet. The Ducks added winger Patrick Eaves’ nice hands and his Duck Dynasty beard from the Dallas Stars, while the Blackhawks traded for former first-round draft forward Tomas Jurco from the Detroit Red Wings. Chiarelli isn’t on the sidelin

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Ron & Don: Brent Burns could win the Hart Trophy

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-25

Brent Burns is having arguably one of the best seasons by a defenceman in the past 25-30 years. The 31-year-old is far and away the goal scoring leader among defenceman with 27, a total that has already equaled what he got in his terrific 2015-16 campaign. Just last season, Burns also posted 75 points, which ranked second among blue liners to Erik Karlsson. But Burns has set himself apart in 2016-17 so much so that with 22 games left the Norris Trophy seems to be locked up already. In fact, talk around Burns has turned towards another award, which Don Cherry gave his opinion about on Coach’s Corner during Hockey Night in Canada. “Brent Burns, he could win the scoring title,”

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CONDORS V. HEAT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2017-02-25

The Bakersfield Condors won a huge game (late) last night and play the Stockton Heat this evening in AHL play. Lineups in a minute, but let’s start by posting the boxcars since January 1. I often find that players spike in performance, and that teams give more opportunity to young players, after Christmas. CONDORS SCORING SINCE JANUARY 1 R Taylor Beck 19, 4-14-18 C Anton Lander 8, 7-7-14 R Jesse Puljujarvi 18, 6-8-14 L Joey Laleggia 18, 10-2-12 L Ryan Hamilton 18, 6-6-12 LD Jordan Oesterle 13, 0-11-11 C Josh Currie 19, 5-5-10 RD Mark Fayne 19, 2-7-9 LD Griffin Reinhart 16, 6-2-8 L Scott Allen 14, 3-3-6 LD David Musil 19, 1-4-5 C Jere Sallinen 18, 2-3-5 LD Dillon Simpson 12, 1-4-5 R Gr

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Peter Chiarelli still looking to fill Oilers needs

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2017-02-25

NASHVILLE - Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli had his cell phone welded to his ear for most of his team’s practice Saturday at the Bridgestone Arena.

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Terry Jones: Hockey atmosphere at Garth Brooks concert

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-25

It was shortly after 10 p.m., Friday when a hockey game broke out at a concert at Rogers Place. A banner had just been raised to the rafters and Wayne Gretzky was about to appear on the big screen to congratulate the man who had just been honoured. Suddenly, the crowd began chanting. “Lets Go Oilers! Lets Go Oilers! Let’s Go Oilers!” For the previous hour, the capacity crowd never sat down. They stood and made it sound like Game 7, not Concert 7, for Garth Brooks. If there was any question if it would be possible for fans to replicate the scene from the 2006 playoffs that Hockey Night In Canada colorman Harry Neale called the loudest he’d ever heard, it evaporated this special night.

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Caggiula getting first-class education in NHL

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-25

NASHVILLE – Drake Caggiula got through university just fine, but the NHL is like working on his doctorate. His thesis: The Mechanics of Finding Holes in Goalies In The Best League In The World. The Edmonton Oilers coaches have enough trust in the rookie to play him every game for the last three months. He’s played 44 straight since returning from a training camp hip injury Nov. 19 in Dallas. They like his work habits and also his defensive awareness. He’s only minus-3 on the year, averaging 13 and a half minutes a night, starting at centre where he’s looked in over his head, especially in the faceoff circle where he’s 38.5 per cent on 245 draws, and now back at his way more com

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Peter Chiarelli spending a lot of time on the phone looking for pre-deadline deals

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-25

NASHVILLE – Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli had his cell phone welded to his ear for most of his team’s practice Saturday at the Bridgestone Arena. But in lieu of binoculars and a lip-reader, we’re not sure what NHL lodge-brother he was talking to with the trade deadline approaching Wednesday (1 p.m. MDT). While the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks dipped their toes into the rental waters Friday with their Pacific rival, adding winger Patrick Eaves’s nice hands and his Duck Dynasty beard and the Blackhawks going for former first-round draft forward Tomas Jurco from Detroit, the Oilers are still quiet. Chiarelli isn’t on the sidelines though. He’s t

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