Condors overpowered by Admirals, 7-3

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2016-02-06

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Milwaukee Admirals (28-13-3-0; .670) dominated in their only visit to Condorstown, turning an early deficit into a 7-3 win over the Bakersfield Condors (18-18-2-2; .500) Friday night at Rabobank Arena. VIDEO: Highlights Media: Box Score FIRST PERIOD CONDORS GOAL: C Jujhar Khaira (5th) tucked a backhand home on a shorthanded breakaway. Assist: Ford; Time of goal: 9:18; BAK leads 1-0 ADMIRALS GOAL: C Colton Sissons (6th) from in front of the net. Assists: Murphy, Gortz; Time of goal: 9:58; tied 1-1 ADMIRALS GOAL: F Trevor Murphy (6th) from the side of the net slipped a shot home. Assists: Pendenza, Oligny; Time of goal: 17:50; MIL leads 2-1 S

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Connor McDavid playing his first NHL game in hockey's heartland during Hockey Day in Canada in Montreal

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-02-05

MONTREAL — Connor McDavid didn’t get to play in his own back yard when the Edmonton Oilers visited Toronto. He didn’t get to stand on the blue-line for the spine-tingling national anthem in Chicago.

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AHL TARGETS (PACIFIC DIVISION)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-02-05

As we reach the NHL trade deadline, many of the names in play during trade talk are plying their trade in the minors. Identifying players of interest in the minors who are close to NHL-ready—but may be blocked currently—gives us another angle as we approach the trade deadline (and summer). Here is a team-by-team look, beginning with the Pacific Division.

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Top Kamloops Blazers grads who made it to the NHL

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-05

When it comes to success in the Western Hockey League, the Kamloops Blazers are just about as storied as they come. One the franchise’s most notable alumni, Jarome Iginla, even compared the club to the NHL’s successful Montreal Canadiens, saying, “When you put on a Blazers jersey, it’s like putting on the Canadiens’. You’ve got to perform.” Before they were called the Kamloops Blazers, the team also went by Kamloops Junior Oilers, New Westminster Bruins and the Estevan Bruins – and we saw many notable names skate for those earlier incarnations: Dean Evason, Garth Butcher, Craig Berube, Doug Bodger and Ken Daneyko, to name a few. But since 1984

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Edmonton Oilers can identify with pain struggling Montreal Canadiens are experiencing

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-02-05

Montreal — The Edmonton Oilers arrived in Montreal just in time to put a little perspective on the woeful Canadiens. After all, who better to discuss a death spiral than the Oil? They’ve been trending up lately, but they’re not so far removed from draft lotteries past that they can’t feel a little sympathy pain over what the Habs are enduring. The Canadians have five wins and 21 losses in the last two months for a winning percentage of .192, just slightly better than they’d have if they were replaced by the Edmonton Oil Kings. “You run out of ways to describe it,” sighed winger Brendan Gallagher. And the Oilers feel their pain. “A little bit, yeah,” said Taylor Hall.

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Edmonton Oilers' Zack Kassian back in Montreal for first time since trade

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-02-05

Montreal — Zack Kassian is neither embarrassed, nor bitter at the Canadiens as he returns to Montreal for the first time since the early morning truck accident that landed him in the NHL’s substance abuse program. The crash, and subsequent tough love from the Habs organization, was exactly what he needed to get his life and career back. So, if anything, he’d like to thank them. “The best thing for my carer was probably the car accident,” said Kassian, drawing a Connor McDavid-like media crowd in the Bell Centre visitors dressing room after practice Friday. “It was an eye opener. Who knows what would have happened if that car accident never happened? “At the time it was tough to

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Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid to play first game in Montreal as an NHLer

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-02-05

MONTREAL — Connor McDavid didn’t get to play in his own back yard when the Edmonton Oilers visited Toronto. He didn’t get to stand on the blue line for the spine-tingling national anthem in Chicago.

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Betting odds for Canadian teams on Hockey Day

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-05

The Edmonton Oilers have paid out on the NHL betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com in seven of their past 10 games against the Montreal Canadiens and those two clubs hit the ice together Saturday afternoon to kick off Hockey Day in Canada. The struggling Habs host Connor McDavid and the Oilers at the Bell Centre, with Edmonton grabbing a 4-3 home win over Montreal when the two teams met for the first time this season back on Oct. 29. That ran the Oilers’ winning streak against the Canadiens to four games dating back to Oct. 2013 as underdogs in each contest. McDavid had a pair of assists for the Oilers in that victory who were +135 underdogs, with Leon Draisaitl scori

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ARRIVING CONDORS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-02-05

The main purpose of a farm club is to take talented but flawed players and grind them into useful role players for NHL service. That’s it.  The final season in OKC saw the Oilers deliver 11 interesting rookies into the N.A. pro ranks: R Iiro Pakarinen 39GP, 17-11-28 (graduated to the NHL) C Bogdan Yakimov 57GP, 12-16-28 D Jordan Oesterle 65GP, 8-17-25 L Josh Winquist 46GP, 8-11-19 D Dillon Simpson 71GP, 3-14-17 F Kellen Jones 49GP, 5-10-15 C Connor Jones 41GP, 4-6-10 C Jujhar Khaira 51GP, 4-6-10 L Mitchell Moroz 66GP, 5-4-9 D CJ Ludwig 28GP, 1-4-5 G Laurent Brossoit 53GP, 2.56 .918 Some of these players (Winquist, Jones, Ludwig) did not have NHL contracts but qualify as entry-level

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Montreal Car accident a blessing in disguise for Edmonton Oilers Zack Kassian

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-05

Zack Kassian’s brief stint with the Montreal Canadiens was memorable for all the wrong reasons. The 25-year-old was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on July 1 for Brandon Prust but never ended up playing a regular season game with the Habs. Kassian entered a substance abuse program after being involved in an early-morning car accident in early October. Although he was not the driver of the vehicle and no charges were laid against him, Kassian suffered a broke nose and broken left foot and the incident didn’t leave a good impression with his new team. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said at the time the player showed “a lack of character and judgment.” When Kassian complete

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