Matt Henderson: Somebody Stop That Masked Man!

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-12-22

We are almost halfway through the year and the goaltending issues that have plagued the team still haven't been worked out. The Oilers just blew a home game after they scored 5 goals and at one time had a 5-2 lead. The team has lost 18 of their last 19 games and so much of the problem falls on the goaltending that most people don't want to believe it's even possible. When the season started I...

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This Stretch of Failure Compared to Other Recent Stretches of Failure

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-12-22

How does this stretch stack up? In the fall of 2006 my then fiance and I looked through the Oilers schedule to try and find a two week stretch when we could book a trip to Mexico to get married, while also limiting the number of Oilers home games that I would have to miss. In the end we settled on a trip from February 14 through the 27, which meant we would miss just one home game, a game against the Phoenix Coyotes the night we got back. But then, without even consulting me, the Oilers announced that they would be retiring Mark Messier's jersey the night of the one game I was missing. Wedding or not, that wasn't something that I could miss, so the trip had to adjusted slightly (at a f

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Oilers Christmas Carol Contest

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-22

It's that time of year everybody! Time to max out your credit cards, flirt dangerously close with alcohol poisoning, and of course, sing Oilers related Christmas carols! We put out a call to all our Facebook friends to come up with their best Oilers themed carols and here are your top 5! Vote in the polls for your favorite and make someones Christmas wish come true!

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Leon Draisaitl Should Be Playing in World Juniors

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2014-12-22

Centre Leon Draisaitl, the Edmonton Oilers third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, has had many highs and lows in his young NHL career. He has also been the subject of much debate since being drafted last June. It started with the discussion of whether he should have stayed with the Oilers out of camp (or after the nine game mark), or whether he should have been returned to his junior team, the Prince Albert Raiders. Draisaitl was chosen third overall in 2014 (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) While many will say that looking back he should have been returned to the WHL, there are arguments to be made for both. Certainly playing in junior and being able to improve his game and putti

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Weekend Takeaways: Is Ovechkin buying in?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-22

So here we are almost at Christmas. But will Canada get the gift of more than one of its NHL teams in the post-season next spring? Montreal, the only team to reach the promised land last spring, looks solid, while Toronto, Vancouver and blueline-battered Winnipeg are currently holding down playoff positions. Edmonton’s gone already. Calgary has slipped, losing eight straight and it’s a little difficult to say where Ottawa is headed under new coach Dave Cameron. Sportsnet, in the first year of its 12-year broadcast agreement with the NHL, would surely love to see more CanCon in the 2015 playoffs. My best guess? Based on what we know now, three teams seem to be a reasonable target, with th

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Mondays...

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-22

Monday's can be especially rough for some people. I've always liked Mondays, mainly because there is so much to discuss from the weekend in sports.It was another tough weekend for Oilers fans, but as I walked down the stairs after last night's 6-5 SO loss to Dallas I overheard two Oilers fans talking:"You know, when you are indifferent these types of losses don't even bother me," said a fan to his buddy.

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Oil Spills - Monday Links - Another Loss. Lander Demoted. Eakins Back To The Leafs?

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-12-22

A collection of stories to fill up your Monday morning. Welcome Back Ales The Oilers first period tribute to Ales Hemsky. About Last Night Sesame Street Makes an Appearance at Rexall - The Copper & Blue - Oilers blow a 5-2 lead and lose in the shootout to the Stars. Of course they did. Dallas Stars Come Back From Three Goal Deficit To Beat Edmonton Oilers In Shootout - Defending Big D - They were down three goals. They fought back to not only tie it, but to get the full two points after being down. They easily could have folded, like they had earlier this season. But the best players elevated their compete levels and they looked like they would not be stopped from getting the full two

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Monday Mailbag - December 22nd

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-22

Whether you're killing time at work, or sitting on your couch in your Ironman pyjamas, the mailbag is here to help you kill off a little bit of your Monday.  Whether that time killed is company time, or time killed until it's socially acceptable to drink - we don't care - we just care that you're here.  Of course, by "we", I totally mean "me." Thank you.  If you have a question for the mailbag, you can email me or hit me up on Twitter.  Until then, I present another edition of the Mailbag.

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The Biggest Takeaways from Week 10 of the 2014-15 NHL Season

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-12-22

The last full week before the NHL's Christmas holiday break featured some truly never-before-seen moments. Sure, we're all familiar with the Edmonton Oilers' ritual coach firings. That happened again. But an 88-year-old goaltending record got smashed, and the shootout—of all things—made headlines. The seasonal roster freeze may not have sparked a flurry of trades, but there was lots to watch in the hockey world. Take a look at the most important things we learned this week.   All stats courtesy of NHL.com.Begin Slideshow

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MAN IN THE CORNER SHOP

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-12-22

It’s easy to create parallels between Steve Tambellini’s disastrous 2011 summer and MacT’s 2014 edition. Cam Barker was a bad signing but Niki Nikitin might be worse and that’s a fact. Niki Khabibulin might have been injured a lot but he could goaler. If we’re honest about this, Craig MacTavish may not be in any way superior to Tambellini or post 2006 Kevin Lowe. That’s a surprise to me, I thought he would be better. Has MacT done some good work? Yes. I think the additions of Boyd Gordon, Andrew Ference, David Perron, Benoit Pouliot, Mark Fayne, Matt Hendricks, Teddy Purcell have given the team several “actual NHL players” to go with the gifted

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12/22/14 The Edmonton Oilers Are An Embarrassment

Source: Oil Acumen
Date: 2014-12-22

And it's not even because they lose so much.It's because they continuously do dumb, almost incomprehensible things. Anton Lander got sixteen minutes and thirty-seven seconds to impress the men running this pathetic organization. He had six shots on goal, which was a fifth of all the shots the Oilers managed. He had four hits. He started in the offensive zone once, but pretty much broke even in the possession battle on a night that the Oilers got crushed in Corsi.Lander certainly didn't play a perfect game, but he did almost everything that he could. And he got demoted again. Why? Apparently so that a German teenager can get playing time in the NHL.There are plenty of Oilers scouts who are go

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Edmonton Oilers player grades — Oil leak away 3-goal lead as latest losing slide reaches 7 games

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-12-22

Stars 6, Oilers 5 (SO) The two worst defensive teams in the National Hockey League went at it on Sunday, and gave an excellent demonstration as to why that is. Each team tallied 5 times in a game that featured much better attacking than defending, and netminding that can best be described as erratic at both ends of the ice. 8 of the 10 goals were scored on second-shot attempts, 6 of them rebounds off the goalie, the other 2 off blocked shots, with each team scoring just once on a clean shot. In the end, it took an 8-round shootout to decide things, in which five more “goals” were scored. The last of these was by former Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff, and gave the visiting Dallas St

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