Prolific Medicine Hat Tigers offence overpowers Edmonton Oil Kings

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-01-26

Home has been offering little advantage recently to the Edmonton Oil Kings. Sunday’s game against the Medicine Hat Tigers was no exception.

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THE OUTSIDERS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-01-26

The Edmonton Oilers have three of the 2015 draft’s top 35 selections and the strength of the draft suggests they can walk away with three elite-level talents. At the other end of the draft? Gems, gems, gems! Beginning with a large group of kids who were passed over in the 2014 draft. LOWETIDE’S LIST Not that it’s any screaming hell but I’ve already got the list so let’s start with names that were on my homemade draft list one year ago and passed through without being selected. Below is their number on my list, a brief description from the 2014 draft and then (in brackets) what they’re doing now: (43) L Dexter Dancs—Sleeper power forward. (21gp, 2-3-5 Mi

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Todd Nelson's Start as a Head Coach

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-01-25

Todd Nelson is off to a great start, isn't he? Todd Nelson has the Oilers playing harder, or so goes the narrative from the local locker room jockeys and the fellas who think Luke Gazdic is a great addition to the roster. His attention to skating and hitting in practice, rather than whiteboard sessions has the Oilers playing a different brand of hockey.  With a re-energized Oilers team hitting on most of their cylinders, how does Nelson's performance stack up against the rest of the coaches from the Oilers' rebuild? The table below contains the data we're looking for: Coach W L Pct. Craig MacTavish 111 135 0.451 Ralph Krueger 19 29 0.396 Tom Renney 57 107 0.348 Pat Qu

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NHL All-Star Game cheat sheet: Player stats

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-25

FORWARDS Nick Foligno, CBJ (first All-Star Game appearance) Team Captain - Has 42 points through 44 games (0.95 points per game). - Is on pace for 77 points this season. (His previous high was 47 points in 2011-12.) - Is just two points shy of 250 career points - Has 12 points in his last 12 games (2 G, 10 A) Patrick Kane, CHI (fourth All-Star Game appearance) Assistant Captain of Team Foligno - One of five Chicago Blackhawks represented in All-Star Game (league-high) - Leads Blackhawks in goals (22), assists (29) and points (51) - Has 544 points (200 G, 344 A) in 562 career NHL games - Has 20+ goals in all eight NHL seasons - Has four points (2 G, 2 A) in three career All-Star games - Tied

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First Star, Worst Star: January 25th, 2015

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-01-25

First Star. Worst Star. All-Star. All-Star Weekend. It's the All-Star Weekend Edition of First Star, Worst Star! 

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If the Edmonton Oilers can trade Andrew Ference, should they?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-01-25

Would it be wise for the Oilers to attempt to trade Andrew Ference, both in the name of clearing dollars and gaining a more favourable position in the 2015 draft lottery?

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WEEKEND UPDATE!

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-01-25

In a results oriented business, Iiro Pakarinen is delivering at a level that will get him noticed. One of the major offseason wins in 'under the radar' procurement, he should be a late winter recall based on progress.

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-01-25

In the last several days, media reports (most recent: Bruce Garrioch) have the Oilers shying away from a major deal involved one of their major pieces at the deadline. As we’ve discussed in the past, the forensics department has me nervous about who they’re going to blame for the mess and target as the goat. Whatever else we know to be true, identifying Taylor Hall as the problem is absolutely insane. Taylor Hall has been an extremely productive player since arriving from the Windsor Spitfires and as this chart (from hockey-reference) tells us there are only two players in the same age range who have delivered more per game since 2010. What’s more, through most of those sea

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Does the hockey world place too much emphasis on faceoff and zonestart percentages?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-01-25

Do folks who engage in hockey commentary and analytics put too much emphasis on faceoffs and faceoff zonestart percentages? Do both old school and new school hockey mavens over-rate them? Let’s dig into this through my study of the scoring chances for and against the Edmonton Oilers this year. By looking at chances for and against the Oilers, we know how a poor team does on faceoffs but also how a superior opposition (all those teams who regularly beat up on the Oilers) do. This year, the Oilers have been involved in 2,871 faceoffs so far. In total, Edmonton has lost 69 even strength and 20 power play faceoffs that have contributed to a scoring chances against. The Oilers have also won

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RNH helps Team Foligno to a win in the Skills Competition

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2015-01-25

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2015: An Edmonton Oilers Draft Odyssey

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-01-25

As it stands the Oilers are holding two picks in the first round and an early second rounder in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. No.2 No.22 No.32 Basically three first round picks. It’s imperative that with all the troubles Edmonton has had in the 2nd round, and beyond, that they hit home runs with this pick and the late 1st rounder from the pens either through selection or trade. I’d like to look at a few candidates for selection today. I would love nothing more than the Edmonton Oilers to select in the top 2. Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel bring a breed of talent to the table that hasn’t been seen at that age in at least a decade. If Edmonton were to slip out of the top 2 and we

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FRASER VALLEY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-01-25

In his first 10 games as an Edmonton Oiler, Matt Fraser has a pair of goals and four points. Over a full season, that kind of production might earn him a regular spot on the roster and an NHL future. I think we’ve seen enough of Fraser to know the positives and negatives of the player and to recognize there are some issues and strengths. Is there enough there? Matt Fraser is legit- you don’t score almost 90 goals in 2+quarter seasons w/o skill, but he goes stretches w/o being noticed b4 cashing in — Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) December 8, 2013 Kirk was discussing Fraser’s AHL goal-scoring ability and those boxcars were going to get noticed by every NHL team. Fraser was pa

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