Oilers Gameday – Vs. Blackhawks

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-11-23

Quick post tonight as I am travelling home today for the holiday on Thursday here in the States. Edmonton concludes their five game home-stand tonight by hosting the Chicago Blackhawks in the first meeting between the sides this season. Edmonton has lost all four at home so far, and have lost five in a row overall. Meanwhile, Chicago is coming off of a win earlier this week against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton lost their last game, a 2-0 decision against the New Jersey Devils. Game Notes: * Oiler forward Benoit Pouliot broke his foot blocking a shot last night and will miss five to six weeks with the injury. He’ll be placed on IR by the Oilers, likely on Sunday. * Defender Nikita Nikit

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Oilers talk change, but repeat same mistakes

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-11-22

Rome is burning here in Edmonton and head coach Dallas Eakins stopped fiddling around with defenceman Nikita Nikitin, making him a healthy scratch just 21 games into his two-year, $9 million deal.   Tonight the Oilers host Chicago in the fifth and final game of a homestand that has produced but a single point thus far, an OT loss to Ottawa. Head coach Dallas Eakins had his entire team out for some power play work at Saturday morning skate after a 2-0 loss to New Jersey on Friday evening, but the roughly 15-minute practice was matched in length by an on-ice team meeting. After that, the entire team exited the Rexall Place ice en mass. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live

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Blackhawks @ Oilers Game 21 Preview

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-11-22

Don't go breakin' my heart @ 11-7-1, 23 points, 1.21  p/g Ranks 6-12-2, 14 points, .778 p/g Western Conference - 7th Western Conference - 14th 15th P/G 28th 1st ST 14th 4th ES 28th 2nd Goal 28th 8 PM MDT - CBC Rexall Place The opposing view: Second City Hockey Tickets - Tiq IQ A Spirited Performance The Oilers compiled 29 shots in sixty minutes, but it was New Jersey who notched two second period goals en route to shutting out the Oilers last night at Rexall Place.  Devil goals were scored by Adam Henrique and Tuomo Ruutu, while Oiler goals were not to be found.  The power play is in a state of disarray, the defense is being propped up by som

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Nikitin gets benched as Oilers prep for Blackhawks

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-11-22

There were other options, of course, when it came to singling out a culprit due for some time in the press box: Justin Schultz, for example. But Nikita Nikitin, who has struggled in several games this season, will sit tonight when the Edmonton Oilers host the Chicago Blackhawks.

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If the Edmonton Oilers’ players aren’t executing, that’s on the coaching staff

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-11-22

Coming off another ugly loss in a season full of ugly losses, it was a good bet that Dallas Eakins was going to shift his lines even if Benoit Pouliot hadn’t broken his foot. Eakins did more than just tweak his units, though; he had a long on-ice meeting with his players after practice. In his gameday availability with reporters he declined to tell them what was said, but he did eventually offer the following: There’s been a lot of talk this year, and not just from me, but from the players, about change, and what are we going to hang our hat on as a team. That change has to come from within that room. I don’t care what team you go play for or who is leading the group; all the teams tal

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John Jaeckel: Hawks At Oilers GameDay Preview

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-11-22

Follow JJ on Twitter @jaeckel! Chicago Blackhawks@Edmonton Oilers 9PM Central/8PM Mountain CBC/WGN THE BUZZ The Blackhawks have ventured farther north in Alberta, meeting the 6-12-2 Oilers, a club the Hawks have handled for the most part the last two seasons. This is a game the Hawks need to win, as subsequent games on this trip will prove much more challenging. The Oilers are a team...

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GDB 21.0: BRING US SWEET REDEMPTION, BABY JESUS

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-11-22

The truth is not everyone finds a way to dig out of a massive hole. They make movies about the guys who overcome the odds to see the sunshine and touch the ocean. For everyone else? Misery, with a small ray of light that finds its way to us in times of trouble. The hope? Redemption.

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How Improbable is David Perron’s Season?

Source: Boys On The Bus
Date: 2014-11-22

I think it’s fairly obvious to most Oilers fans that David Perron is having a tough time scoring goals this season.  He’s been robbed by goalies, hit crests, missed his spots, and otherwise had crappy luck in converting his chances — to the tune of only having one goal through 20 games.  Last night I received an IM from PDO (Brian King) through Twitter that really made me think about this: It’s a fascinating question, and one I’m sure others have thought about.  Just how unlucky has David Perron been?  I’ll quickly try to solve that in this post. The first (and easiest) approach I’d choose is to look at what the probability is that David Perron

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Time For Oilers Fans To Ease Up On These Guys

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-11-22

There is no question fans of the Edmonton Oilers have every right to be pissed with how things have gone to start the 2014-15 NHL campaign. After suffering through eight consecutive seasons with no playoffs and coming off a year that was arguably the most disappointing of all, sitting with a 6-12-2 mark at the quarter pole is simply unacceptable. With that being the case, the anger Oilers fans have shown towards this team is understandable but at the end of the day, it comes down realistic expectations.

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Edmonton Oilers player grades, Games 11-20 — Process improving, but results remain dismal

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-11-22

At the quarterpole of another NHL season, the realization is sinking in that the Edmonton Oilers are facing their ninth consecutive season on the outside of the playoffs. There are some signs of improvement, but the team has been found wanting in the key metric — Wins, Losses, and Bettman Points. Games 1 – 10: 4-5-1, .450 | 27 GF, 35 GA | 274 SF,  307 SA Games 11-20: 2-7-1, .250 | 21 GF, 31 GA | 329 SF, 289 SA Believe it or not that represents a significant improvement over the same stretch a year ago (1-8-1, .150 | 18 GF, 38 GA | 274 SF, 304 SA) but that is setting a low bar to say the least, as last season’s first quarter was one of the low points in franchise history. Ther

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Boiling Point

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-11-22

The Oilers are in rough shape, and with a rested Chicago team coming to town after Edmonton’s loss last night it’s a good bet they’ll be win worse shape 12 hours from now. This is a team crying out for action by the general manager.

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Jim Matheson: It's time for Oilers GM Craig MacTavish to pull a trade to help his coach

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-11-22

The wolves are howling for Dallas Eakins’ head, but before anybody talks about the Edmonton Oilers head coach’s job security through 20 games, after a desultory 2-0 home loss to the New Jersey Devils, general manager Craig MacTavish has to throw his head knock a lifeline doesn’t he?

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