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Video: Edmonton Oilers should keep Leon Drasaitl in NHL, say Journal hockey scribes

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-23

Edmonton Journal hockey writers Jim Matheson and Joanne Ireland, and sports columnist John MacKinnon, discuss the merits of the Edmonton Oilers keep their most-recent first-round draft pick, centre Leon Draisaitl, on the NHL roster.

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Visualizing Save Percentage Plus: Part Three 2011-2014

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-10-23

Goaltending had not been the problem in Edmonton... This is the final part of a series on Save Percentage Plus (SV%+), a metric conceived by Kurt R at Broadstreet Hockey. As discussed in part one and part two of this series SV%+ is calculated as follows: SV%+ = (1-league average SV%)/(1-player SV%) What I like about SV%+ is that it expresses goalie performance in relation to a league average. League average save percentages can vary greatly between seasons. SV%+, therefore, provides a basis for comparison between seasons. In this particular analysis I have visualized even-strength (esSV%+) and short-handed (shSV%+) performance separate from all-situations (allSV%+) performan

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Ben Scrivens’ house appears to be in order

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-23

There is nothing that can kill a team faster than bad goaltending, and nothing that can save it faster than great goaltending. Early in the year, the Oilers lost games they should have won because their netminders simply weren’t up to the challenge. On Wednesday night they won a game they should have lost because Ben Scrivens was in fine form.

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Scrivens and Oilers showing signs of finding way

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-10-23

Turn back the clock a week and Ben Scrivens and the Edmonton Oilers were looking at their season possibly spiraling out of control. Fast forward to the present day and suddenly both Scirvens and his teammates look as though they have righted the ship...though thinking all is well in good in the Alberta capital would be a tad premature.

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A good day for Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins to rip his team

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-23

In the National Hockey League, where there’s only two things, winning and misery, a win is a win is a win. The Edmonton Oilers will likely be happy today, what with Wednesday night’s 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. At the same time, it might well be a good day for head coach Dallas Eakins to rip into his team. The players are in a good mood, but the Washington game could easily have been a loss. Without some exceptionally good luck and good goaltending, the Caps would have dumped the Oilers 3 to 1. Washington outchanced Edmonton, getting 22 hard or dangerous shots on net from the slot, while the Oilers could only muster seven. The Caps had 11 Grade A scoring chances fro

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Dallas Eakins Specious Reasoning

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-10-23

Maybe re-thinking that answer is the right way to go Ryan complained that Dallas Eakins was being mealy-mouthed about his ridiculous deployment of Nail Yakupov thus far this season: My only thought going into the game is to win the hockey game. This is about our team. I know there's a lot of chatter out there about individuals ice time, this is about our team. The team. The team. The team every time. You guys can talk about guys ice times. We've got guys that are improved this year and playing less, we've got guys that are improved and playing more. There are situational things that happen on the ice, you guys can read whatever you want into it. I'm not talking about a guys in

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NHL Trade Rumors: Dissecting Latest Gossip Around the League

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-10-23

If you thought the fact that the NHL season is less than three weeks old would mean there would be no rumors flying around already, guess again.  As teams begin to evaluate what they have on the ice in the early going and injuries mount up, there are sure to be moves between now and the trade deadline. While they may take some time, the accompanying rumors have already begun. With that in mind, here is a look at some of the latest gossip from around the NHL.   Philadelphia Flyers TheFourthPeriod.com provided the latest on the potentially active Philadelphia Flyers: The Philadelphia Flyers are actively scouring the trade market in hopes of improving their current roster and have m

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MAYBE I’M AMAZED

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-10-23

Do you remember in the preseason when MacT talked about Hall being an impact player? And the Oilers needed to find out if Nuge and Eberle could play at a higher level? Do you remember that? MacT: ” (Nuge and Eberle) have a lot of room for growth. … We need to see whether they’re going to be good players or whether they’re going to be star players.” Source In the last two games, for my money RNH has shown he’s that kind of talent, a star talent. Hall was fabulous in the TBay game, and good not great in the Washington contest. Nuge scored in each game, and both times they were on good shots after hard work. I don’t think Nuge is going to be a Hall talent, a fre

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Oilers make it two straight with win over Ovechkin and the Capitals

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-10-23

On the strength of another solid showing from netminder Ben Scrivens and second period goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and defenceman Nikita Nikitin, the Edmonton Oilers managed to win their second game in three nights, edging Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-2. While we may only be talking about two wins, that still qualifies as a streak and considering how poorly this season started for Dallas Eakins' side,,,it could not have come at a more opportune moment.

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Oilers succeed in smothering opponents' top scorer for second game in a row

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-23

Early on in the season, the Edmonton Oilers were talking a good defensive game although they may not have been playing one.

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Ryan Garner: Oilers Happily Take Walk of Shame

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-10-23

"A morning of awkwardness is far better than a night of loneliness." A large sign emblazoned with that quote welcomed patrons at a San Francisco bar I used to frequent. In my mind, it served three practical purposes. First, it helped differentiate the regulars from the tourists, who loved having their picture taken in front of it. Second, a glance back at it on the way out the door injected som...

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Problems on Defense Create Dilemma for Philadelphia Flyers

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-10-23

One thing has become abundantly clear for the Philadelphia Flyers after their first seven games of the 2014-15 NHL season: the team’s defense just isn’t good enough as it is presently constituted for this team to be a true Stanley Cup contender. This creates a difficult dilemma for general manager Ron Hextall and the rest of the team’s management. The numbers are fairly straightforward, even though we are still early in the season. Through seven games, Philadelphia has allowed 28 goals. The team’s GAA is 3.71, which ranks it 28th in the NHL—ahead of only the Arizona Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers. The Flyers are also allowing an average of 30.9 shots per game,

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