The Five Hole: Opposite World power rankings

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-31

As the month draws to a close, let’s take a look at the Opposite World NHL Power Rankings – the top five hockey teams in a strange and wondrous land where up is down, bad is good, and futility is success. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey 5. Edmonton Oilers (4-5-1) Yes, they’ve been on a bit of a roll lately, and they’ve been fun to watch – but the Oilers still haven’t won on the road, they’re tied for the league lead in goals allowed, and good God, it’s Movember, which means Jordan Eberle is going to grow that so-called “moustache” again. Chilling. Plus, let’s face it: the to

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Oilers Shuffle The Deck

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-10-31

The Oilers made a few transactions following their 4-1 loss to Nashville on Wednesday night, shuffling the deck a little bit and getting a few players back from injury. Gazdic To OKC: I mentioned on Wednesday night that Edmonton should send Luke Gazdic down to OKC for a two-week conditioning stint, and the team has done just that. Gazdic suffered a shoulder injury late last season, and required off-season shoulder surgery to repair the damage. Gazdic missed training camp, and while he has been skating, he is no where near game shape right now. He’ll head down to Oklahoma City and get in some game action, his version of the pre-season, with the Barons over the next two weeks. He’l

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Sabres send Reinhart down after nine games

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-31

Unlike Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl, Sam Reinhart will not see a 10th game in the National Hockey League this season. The Buffalo Sabres announced Friday that the rookie forward as been assigned to his junior team, the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League, thus saving the team from burning a year on Reinhart’s affordable entry-level contract. During his nine-game peek at the NHL, the 18-year-old centre registered one assist and collected two penalty minutes. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey A native of Vancouver, Reinhart was selected second overall by the Sabres at the 2014 NHL Draf

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Matt Henderson: Oilers Missing Key Piece On Blueline

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-10-31

The Oilers have depth at Defense for the first time in what seems like forever. The problem is depth is what you want after your first pairing, not as a replacement for the first pairing. You see, the Oilers don’t have a big minute stalwart to put on the ice and calm things down (or ramp them up). What they have are 6 defensemen who aren’t completely out of place in the NHL. It’s good, but i...

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LAVENDER BLUE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-10-31

The Oilers defense has come under fire this season, mostly due to TOI usage. Observers wonder about Justin Schultz’s excessive minutes and the results seen in that time on ice, especially when legit options are available in Jeff Petry and Mark Fayne. VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER The Vollman shows (as it did with the forwards) Dallas Eakins is using his blue correctly in terms of deployment beyond ice time. This is 5×5 and CorsiOn, and we see several men in the blue at this point in the season. I think we can reasonably assume Eakins/Ramsay have figured this out, but there are areas they might want to look at in order to improve the team performance: Use Mark Fayne more and Justin Schult

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Brad Hunt's Impact On The Oilers

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-10-31

Brad Hunt is blowing up the scoreboard in 2015. When we introduced our Score Prediction Contest, our regular commenter Fraternite thought he'd skinned the cat: Premise 1: The internet tells me that the G/G average last year was 2.74 for the league and 2.43 for the Oilers. I didn’t check, but this has got to be normally distributed. Premise 2: I anticipate big things for the Oilers this year, so I’m going to assume they’ll be average. Conclusion: I will be predicting 3-3 for every game this year. If any of you shmucks steal my strategy I’m going to be pissed. >:| The league is averaging 2.75 goals per game, compared to 2.74 last year, and the Oilers are averaging 2.7 goals pe

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Top 10 NHL Tweets of the Month: October

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-31

Our top 10 tweets of the first month of the NHL season feature a brilliant throwback photograph from the Oilers and a very unfortunate podium placement for Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz. 10. No. Words. Marc Dumont on Twitter: “On a reaaaaally random note, here’s Michel Therrien when he was a bodyguard/chauffeur for Roch Voisine. http://t.co/h8z7LcmKdN” 9. P.K. Subban, silent but deadly. Strombone on Twitter: “What’s the over under on air biscuits @PKSubban1 drops in Bernier’s crease tonight? I’ll set the bar at 3. Happy hockey season everyone!!!” 8. The evolution of Brent Burns: Jeff Marek on Twitter: “Renee Zellweger ain&

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-31

Halloween hacks, Henrik Sedin, Randy Carlyle, Jets fan etiquette, Oilers are hot, Flames tendies, and more in this week's Roundup.

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Sedin scores in OT as Canucks beat Canadiens

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-31

VANCOUVER — Daniel Sedin scored on a power play at 2:45 of overtime Thursday as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2. Sedin took a sweet feed from his brother Henrik off the rush and beat Carey Price for his third of the season after the Canucks blew a 2-0 third-period lead. Nick Bonino and Brad Richardson scored for Vancouver (7-3-0), which got 28 saves from Ryan Miller. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal (8-2-1), while Carey Price stopped 22 shots. Up 1-0

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Bogdan Yakimov Shoulder Injury Update Coming Soon

Source: Tend The Farm
Date: 2014-10-31

Bogdan Yakimov has been an interesting player to watch. Slow and chiseled, smart and curious - he is one entertaining not-so-little center prospect. Two points (a goal and an assist) in six games isn't a huge journey for the kid drafted in the third round in 2013. He is altogether a work in progress, and bettering himself on the defensive side. In Wednesday's game against the Texas Stars he was injured after a rough ride into the boards. He instantly needed help off the ice, and it appeared that he was favoring his right shoulder just a bit, while wiping the "woozies" from his eyes. Shoulder injuries are the stuff of legend in the Oilers organization. Let's hope this isn't a major situatio

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Richard Bachman Comes Home, Luke Gazdic Takes A Trip

Source: Tend The Farm
Date: 2014-10-31

The Edmonton Oilers announced today that Richard Bachman is headed back to Oklahoma City as Viktor Fasth returns to the NHL goaltending rotation. In addition, Luke Gazdic will return to Oklahoma City for the first time since playing in the Stars vs. Oilers preseason game over a year ago. On a conditioning stint, Gazdic will likely play a handful of games with the team, and return to the Oilers fourth line. Grind on, y'all. Grind on. The post Richard Bachman Comes Home, Luke Gazdic Takes A Trip appeared first on Tend The Farm ~.

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Thoughts On Things In Vancouver And Calgary So Far

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-10-31

Follow me @IanEsplen   It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, so bear with me folks while I get my blogging fingers under me. So much excitement across the league, but today – and every time going forward – I want to talk a bit about how the Flames and Canucks are doing this season. You see, for those of you that don’t know, I grew up in Victoria, so the Canucks represent my heritage. And about 10 years ago, I moved to Calgary – by the way, awesome city people – so the Flames represent my home now. All in all, my loyalties change all the time, but the team I see more of my personality in right now is the Calgary Flames. Like me, they’re underdogs on many nights

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