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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Are we on to something here?

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-10-31

What is going on with the Oilers? Its been a little while since I last put together an article for Puckrant.com. I have been dealing with some things work related and was unable to share my version of things happening in the world of sports and of course picking winners. I am glad to be back and available today and I want to shed some light on the Oilers current situation and talk about the 2 NHL games tonight as well as a huge slate of action in the NBA. What is going on with the Edmonton Oilers? Last time I wrote anything we were well ahead of the pack in the race for Connor McDavid and now we are heading towards a playoff spot!! Playoffs?? Are you kidding me...Playoffs? That never ge

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While they may be able to win more games this season, Oilers still struggle at times

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-31

Thursday’s humbling loss to the Nashville Predators might have taught Oilers fans that you can’t win ‘em all, but what happened in the four games before that taught them that you can’t lose ‘em all, either.

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HIGHER LEARNING

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-10-30

Man that Leon Draisaitl is a quick study. Seriously. I was onside with keeping Taylor Hall, was talked into RNH by Cam Moon and Steve Sedarchny, was convinced Yak City could score and absolutely certain Darnell Nurse (both times) should go back. Leon Draisaitl?  I chose my words carefully, suggesting that while I loved his future, a job should not be handed to the young man. That’s still my position, but in watching the big German read and react without the puck, you can see why the Oilers are excited about No. 29. He’s pretty cool. Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey: Showed some excellent puck support in the defensive zone and moved the disc efficiently from deep positions. Positiv

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Edmonton Oilers’ consistently good fourth line delivers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-30

Jesse Joensuu was in a rather prickly mood the other night, so much so that the Edmonton Oilers winger was not the least bit interested in getting drawn into a general conversation about the work of his line. The source of Joensuu’s displeasure was a decision he had made in the second period of Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, which lead to the game’s first goal. Less than two minutes later, the Rexall Place visitors were up 2-0.

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Enforcer Westgarth signs with Belfast team

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-30

Enforcers are having a difficult time maintaining NHL employment. Kevin Westgarth, an unrestricted free agent since the Calgary Flames opted not to re-sign him at the end of last season, has inked a deal overseas with the Elite Ice Hockey League’s Belfast Giants. Westgarth, 30, joins George Parros, Krys Barch and Paul Bissonnette in a group of UFA tough guys who have been unsuccessful in cracking an NHL roster this season. In 169 career NHL games, the Princeton graduate scored seven goals, added nine assists and amassed 266 penalty minutes. The winger also won a Stanley Cup as a member of the 2012 Los Angeles Kings. “Can’t wait to get to Belfast and start to contribute to a

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Ryan Garner: What Kind of Team is the Edmonton Oilers?

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-10-30

Ten games into the 2014-15 season, the Edmonton Oilers have a predictably mediocre 4-5-1 record. There have already been some high highs (four-game winning streak), low lows (five-game losing streak) and middling middles (David Perron) in the young season, as the Oilers forge an identity for themselves. That begs the question, what kind of team is this? Let’s break down possible characteristics...

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Comparing good and bad starts around the NHL

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-30

Hockey fans are used to instantaneous analysis. We like to hear about the key plays between periods, identifying the game breaking hits, goals, and saves. From a statistical standpoint we’re used to tracking shot counts, goals, assists, saves, hits, blocked shots, faceoff wins, etc. Unfortunately for the average fan, statistical analysis in hockey has made it increasingly clear that the chaotic nature of the sport makes drawing conclusions based on small samples extremely unwise. The amount of variation in scoring rates, save percentages, and even possession results, year to year – let alone within a single season – makes it a very difficult proposition to evaluate players

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Ben's Netminders

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-30

The Oilers don't play again until Saturday, so I thought today would be a good time to share a conversation I had with Ben Scrivens about his new mask.

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