Complete Preview for the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2014-15 Season

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-10-02

The Tampa Bay Lightning had the biggest turnaround of any Eastern Conference team a season ago. After a 28th-place, 40-point 2013 season, the Lightning surged to 101 points, eighth-most in the league, in 2013-14. Taking the 2013 points total and projecting it over 82 games, that's about a 25-point improvement last season. The scary part for the rest of the East is after this offseason, the potential is there for the Lightning to make another leap in 2014-15.   What We Learned in 2013-14 First and foremost, we learned Jon Cooper might be the best coach in the NHL. Patrick Roy took home the Jack Adams Award, as the Colorado Avalanche engineered a bigger turnaround and really, Roy is a hou

Continue Reading

Joensuu scores twice, Pinizzotto sets up both goals, giving the Edmonton Oilers a dilemma in 3-2 win

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-02

In a vacuum, Steve Pinizzotto might have won himself a job on Wednesday night. It was a great showing; he was physical, hard on the puck and made some plays – including a pair of assists. The problem for Pinizzotto is that both of those assists came on Jesse Joensuu goals, and Joensuu – who was every bit as physical as Pinizzotto – is potentially the obstacle between Pinizzotto and an NHL job. Just for good measure, Tyler Pitlick also had a pretty good game, drawing two penalties, and he’s in the mix as well. In some ways, an excellent showing from the Oilers in a 3-2 win clarified things, but in others it just made them more complicated. Or, as Dallas Eakins put it in his postgame,

Continue Reading

18-year-old Leon Draisaitl may have cemented a spot with the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-02

What you witnessed last night at Rexall Place, it says here, was mud turning into cement.

Continue Reading

Calgary Flames Fantasy Preview, will the kids lead the charge?

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-10-02

Last night prior to composing my Buffalo Sabres preview my lovely wife asked me if I was writing a similar blog for the Calgary Flames, and of course I responded yes.  She then proceeded to ask if I was going to say nice things about them.  I didn’t promise THAT, but I did say I’d give an honest and unbiased critique.  Now before I dive into this preview I feel obliged to explain my lead up into this blog. My wife is a born and bred Calgarian.  I’m a born and bred Edmontonian.  We don’t disagree on many things, but what when it comes to hockey, there is no common ground to be found.  Luckily the scales will tip in my favour in the New Year, when we

Continue Reading

Steve Pinizzotto learned hard labour from his tin-bashing dad

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Spills
Date: 2014-10-02

Steve Pinizzoto’s dad is a blood ‘n guts sheet-metal foreman while his boy is hockey’s version of a plumber, like the old man, willing to get his hands dirty. The tools of the trade for father and son. Sporting some nasty gashes on his left temple, courtesy some nasty right hands from Winnipeg’s Anthony Peluso Monday night, Steve also showed of some soft mitts Wednesday to set up Jesse Joensuu for two goals against Arizona to stay very much in the mix for a fourth-line Edmonton Oilers’ wing spot. It’s tricky because he and Joensuu and Tyler Pitlick are both looking for the same place in the 12-man regular rotation but Pinizzotto was very noticeable against the Coyotes. “I’ve

Continue Reading

Ryan Garner: Edmonton, We Have a Second-Line Centre

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-10-02

Throughout training camp, Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins has been very non-committal about his plans for Leon Draisaitl, insisting that he has two NHL centres (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Boyd Gordon) and wants every other pivot prospect to earn their way into the lineup. It makes sense, because you don’t want to hand a minute-munching role to an unproven player. You also don’t want to p...

Continue Reading

MacKinnon: Draisaitl clearing ‘the mud’ when it comes to Oilers’ centre situation

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-02

Right from the start, there has been some interesting theatre coming from Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins this training camp. On Day 1, he said there were two NHL centres on his club (the artist Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the tradesman Boyd Gordon) and the coach had “no idea” who the other two would be.

Continue Reading

Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu combines with Steven Pinizzotto for a pair [Photos]

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-02

With audition season winding down, the Edmonton Oilers were hoping to get a better idea of what their starring cast would be when the curtain finally drops.

Continue Reading

Duo sparkle together for Oilers, battling for same winger job

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-02

The duo of Jesse Joensuu and Steve Pinizzotto proved to be a sore spot for the Arizona Coyotes.

Continue Reading

Oilers Vs. Coyotes – Game Recap

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-10-02

The Oilers and Coyotes met at Rexall Place earlier tonight in a pre-season match-up that featured two division rivals prepping for the upcoming season. Both teams were missing key cogs, the Yotes missing Gagner, Yandle and Ekman-Larsson, and the Oilers missing Hall, Nugent-Hopkins and Fayne. The result? Two teams with a lot of players looking to make an impact and make the NHL roster. The Game: The Oilers opened the game by really controlling the first twenty minutes of play. Edmonton out-shot the Coyotes by a 17-8 margin, and the Oil got the best of the chances as well. That said, the Yotes opened the scoring 10:07 into the game as Mikkel Boedker beat Scrivens in tight off of a feed by Conn

Continue Reading

Oilers forwards Leon Draisaitl, David Perron getting plenty of opportunities to gel

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-02

The Edmonton Oilers already have a dynamic duo in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall, but are hoping David Perron and Leon Draisaitl provide a formidable pairing as well.

Continue Reading

Live: Arizona Coyotes host Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-02

Follow Edmonton Journal Oilers writers Jim Matheson and John MacKinnon and others during Wednesday's pre-season game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Arizona Coyotes. Game time is 7 p.m. MT.

Continue Reading
NHLJETS.com Habhockey.com Leafhockey.com