LAVENDER BLUE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-10-31

The Oilers defense has come under fire this season, mostly due to TOI usage. Observers wonder about Justin Schultz’s excessive minutes and the results seen in that time on ice, especially when legit options are available in Jeff Petry and Mark Fayne. VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER The Vollman shows (as it did with the forwards) Dallas Eakins is using his blue correctly in terms of deployment beyond ice time. This is 5×5 and CorsiOn, and we see several men in the blue at this point in the season. I think we can reasonably assume Eakins/Ramsay have figured this out, but there are areas they might want to look at in order to improve the team performance: Use Mark Fayne more and Justin Schult

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Brad Hunt's Impact On The Oilers

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-10-31

Brad Hunt is blowing up the scoreboard in 2015. When we introduced our Score Prediction Contest, our regular commenter Fraternite thought he'd skinned the cat: Premise 1: The internet tells me that the G/G average last year was 2.74 for the league and 2.43 for the Oilers. I didn’t check, but this has got to be normally distributed. Premise 2: I anticipate big things for the Oilers this year, so I’m going to assume they’ll be average. Conclusion: I will be predicting 3-3 for every game this year. If any of you shmucks steal my strategy I’m going to be pissed. >:| The league is averaging 2.75 goals per game, compared to 2.74 last year, and the Oilers are averaging 2.7 goals pe

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Top 10 NHL Tweets of the Month: October

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-31

Our top 10 tweets of the first month of the NHL season feature a brilliant throwback photograph from the Oilers and a very unfortunate podium placement for Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz. 10. No. Words. Marc Dumont on Twitter: “On a reaaaaally random note, here’s Michel Therrien when he was a bodyguard/chauffeur for Roch Voisine. http://t.co/h8z7LcmKdN” 9. P.K. Subban, silent but deadly. Strombone on Twitter: “What’s the over under on air biscuits @PKSubban1 drops in Bernier’s crease tonight? I’ll set the bar at 3. Happy hockey season everyone!!!” 8. The evolution of Brent Burns: Jeff Marek on Twitter: “Renee Zellweger ain&

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-31

Halloween hacks, Henrik Sedin, Randy Carlyle, Jets fan etiquette, Oilers are hot, Flames tendies, and more in this week's Roundup.

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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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