The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same: Nikita Nikitin Edition

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-11-21

Why is Nikitin still in the lineup? Dallas Eakins explains. During his media availability this morning Dallas Eakin talked about Nikita Nikitin, who, despite a mountain of evidence indictaing that he shouldn't be in the lineup, will once again dress for the Oilers this evening when they host the New Jersey Devils. Jason Gregor tweeted a quote of Eakins'. "We default to veterans that they will play well. Nikky feels he can play better and we need him to." Eakins on Nikitin #Oilers — Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) November 21, 2014 Does that sound familiar to you? It did to me, and thanks to the great @loxyisme I now know why. This is Eakins eight days ago before the Senators game:

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History favours Edmonton Oilers in game against Devils

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-11-21

The difference between winning and losing in the NHL is razor thin, and the Edmonton Oilers have the cuts to prove it.

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GDB 20.0: The Devils

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-11-21

"Don't mess with the Devil buddy. We're number one. We beat anyone. We're the Devilsss..The Devilsss..."Face painted fans are a rarity nowadays, but whenever I see one I'm in awe of their deep passion for their team. I've never painted my face for a game, and a part of me wonders if I missed out. I doubt we will see any painted faces at tonight's tilt, but Oilers fans are hoping they leave with a smile instead of a sad face.The good news is the Oilers are playing an eastern conference team. They've dominated the east this year.

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Oilers search for wins in weekend matchups

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-11-21

The struggling Edmonton Oilers will continue to search for answers when they play host to the New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks this weekend. The 6-11-2 Oilers have tumbled to 28th overall in the NHL after losing eight of their last 10 games, dropping to distant 200/1 longshots in Stanley Cup betting at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool Edmonton will have an opportunity to right the ship when the Devils visit on Friday night. The 8-9-2 Devils have endured recent struggles of their own, losers in six of their last eight, averaging just 1.75 goals d

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Predict The Final Score: Game 20 - Edmonton Oilers vs. New Jersey Devils

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-11-21

The greatest trick the Devils ever pulled was convincing the world they didn't exist. Oilers vs Devils Today's Goaltenders: Viktor Fasth (281 mins ESSvPct: .891 SvPct: .885) vs. Cory Schneider(1,079 mins ESSvPct: .928 SvPct: .910) Please put your prediction in the subject line like this: Oilers n - Devils n Please list the Oilers score first, regardless of the team being home or away. Make your own prediction and do not comment on anyone else's prediction. Any comments that are not in the format above, or in response to someone else's comment will be deleted. Points distributed as follows: Predict both teams correctly: 5 points Predict the Oilers score correctly: 2 po

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Matt Henderson: G20 Oilers vs Devils: Betting The Rent Money On The Wrong Horse

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-11-21

Bad news, the Oilers still haven’t won a single game against a Western Conference opponent. Good news, they arent playing a Western Conference opponent tonight. ABOUT THAT LAST GAME I dont care if the Oilers gave up more odd man rushes than any other night this year, when you score 4 goals on Ryan Miller at Home you have to win that game. Losing in regulation is embarrassing. Were there l...

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West Coast Bias: Heavyweights fight for relevancy

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-11-21

As fighting continues its annual decline in the National Hockey League, one of the last true heavyweights sat in his stall in the Calgary Flames dressing room, explaining where all of his brethren have disappeared to, while he still plies the trade in Cowtown. “(The role) is eliminated in other towns because the guys they have can’t play,” Brian McGrattan said. “I can play a regular shift when they want me in the lineup. Guys who can’t play? They’re eliminated.” “I played 76 games last year and fought 11 times. The other 65 games the team had a use for me,” the 33-year-old added. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadca

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Edmonton Oilers power play leaks goals and scoring chances against under Dallas Eakins

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-11-21

Can the Oilers figure out a way to stop one of the most demoralizing plays in hockey?  Few things in hockey are more demoralizing than the shorthanded goals against, but that particular brand of torture is a speciality of the Edmonton Oilers power play under head coach Dallas Eakins. Anyone who watches the Oilers even casually knows this, and the issue was again on display against Vancouver on Wednesday night, when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins failed to get the puck deep after he crossed the blueline, then Justin Schultz and especially Jordan Eberle were caught out as the Canucks charged up ice to score. Eberle, who was cast in a role of a defenceman on that shift, strangely went toward the puck car

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Todd Cordell: G20 Devils @ Oilers: 20th Consecutive Start For Schneider

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-11-21

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Match-up - New Jersey Devils (8-9-2) @ Edmonton Oilers (6-11-2) Road/Home records - 5-6-0 -------------- 4-6-1 TV - SNW, MSG+, MSG+2 Puck drop - 9:30 p.m. ET Season series - 0-0 Last 10 - New Jersey: 4-6-0 ------- Edmonton: 2-7-1 Projected starting goalies - Cory Schneider vs Ben Scrivens Projected lines for the Oilers via DailyFaceoff.com: Ben...

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DEVILS AT OILERS G20, 2014-15

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-11-21

I expect the Oilers will start Marincin tonight if Nikitin (back) can’t play and they’ll farm him out after this weekend if the doesn’t play. It’s been so long since the young man played (Buffalo game Nov 7) I’m not certain he’ll be sharp if he does draw in. That’s a long while (two weeks) to be away from game action. It’s an interesting question though: How many of the blue men on the roster today will be here for a postseason game? Maybe fewer than you think: Elliotte Friedman: Would the Oilers part with Martin Marincin if he could bring them someone who eases their issues down the middle? They desperately need a centre and what they’ve of

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30 Thoughts: Financial woes not unique to Johnson

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-11-21

Bryan Berard opened the email sent by his brother and pressed the link. Then, he read The Columbus Dispatch story about Jack Johnson’s bankruptcy. “Hard situation,” Berard said Thursday afternoon. “That’s tough. That’s your family.” Berard understands what Johnson is going through. He lost several million dollars in a scam that has seen two men, Tommy Constantine and Phil Kenner, arrested and indicted on charges ranging from money-laundering to wire fraud. The New York Daily News reported the indictment indicates Kenner and Constantine “organized a scheme telling victims their money would be invested in real estate ventures, privately held companies and a legal defence fund

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-11-21

Oilers losing culture, Leaf problems, Flames and Canucks continue to surprise, Mike Richards, regression and more in this weeks Roundup.

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