Edmonton Oilers prospect Iiro Pakarinen lighting up AHL goalies

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-31

When he was at Edmonton Oilers training camp, rookie Iiro Pakarinen, who is one of the best American Hockey League players through the first month of play, didn’t blink an eye when asked how he’d take going to Oklahoma City to play for $70,000 when he maybe could have made three times that to play back in Finland.

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Hoffman, Lazar, Stone team up on Sens’ Kids Line

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-31

OTTAWA — At various points this season, Ottawa rookies Mike Hoffman, Curtis Lazar and Mark Stone have spent time in the press box watching their teammates play. All three are back on the ice now and they’re making a good impression. Already dubbed the "The Kids Line" after their debut performance as a trio Thursday, Stone scored the opening goal in a 5-4 shootout loss to Chicago and Lazar added an assist. It was a productive night for the Senators’ freshmen, who combined for eight shots on goal and were used on the penalty kill as well. "I thought their play was energized," said head coach Paul MacLean. "They initiated a forecheck and hung on to pucks an

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Friday Afternoon Oilers Links

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-10-31

Happy Halloween Oilers fans! The news cycle is dying down as the Oilers prepare for the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow night, so today we start a new weekly feature here at the Rig, Oilers afternoon links! Nikitin Returns (Oilers Website): Good news for the Oilers on the injury front, as defender Nikita Nikitin returned to practice on Friday morning, and will be a game-time decision for the Oilers. Chris Wescott from the Oilers official website breaks down his return and the potential impact. Some Finnish In OKC (OilersNation): Our friend Lowetide takes a look at the man who could surprise as a call-up down the line. Finnish forward Iiro Pakarinen was signed as a free agent in the summer, and

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WEEKEND UPDATE

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-31

This week Oilers prospects lit the lamp and made significant noise, with one prospect enjoying a breakout week in his minor league career. Oscar Klefbom (photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) had a wonderful week as he builds his resume on the way to the NHL.

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Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Nov. 1

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-31

Get ready for another busy Saturday night of hockey. Rogers has six different games airing across the country, including four Canadian teams. There’s a classic Original Six matchup, a battle of two Atlantic Division foes, and two Canadian teams facing off in the West. In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada: More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time. The 7:00 p.m. games: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Channel: CBC Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy

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Video: Oilers adjust, pay closer attention to defensive play

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-31

Edmonton Journal hockey writers Jim Matheson and Joanne Ireland, along with sports columnist John MacKinnon, talk about the adjustments Edmonton Oilers players and coaches have made in recent games after starting the 2014-15 NHL season with defensive breakdowns that led to losses.

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Tom Renney's Injury Revelations & The Oilers "Rub Some Dirt In It" Mentality

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

Tom Renney puts another bale on the camel's already broken back. Gabriel Béland interviewed Tom Renney last week and had an interesting, and completely unsurprising, portion on Renney's time with the Oilers: I've lost a job because of my values. In Edmonton, I was asked to play the young players more and all had undergone an operation to play. I reduced their ice time. But they had to play because they were very good and were sold hope. But I acted according to my conscience. For the Edmonton Oilers, asking players to play hurt has been part of normal operations for quite some time. Recall Chad Moreau, after being thrown under the bus by Pat Quinn and Steve Tambellini saying "...som

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Oilers great Grant Fuhr shows comfort in life and decisions in new book

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-31

TORONTO - Grant Fuhr partied like a rock star, or a Stanley Cup-winning NHL superstar during the prime of his career.

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Taylor Hall is hot, Nail Yakupov is not on the Oilers power play

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-31

Yakupov’s talent is obvious, but he’s got to see the ice better, make better heads-up plays on the power play Taylor Hall was a monster on the power play last year, charging up the ice, winning puck, making sharp passes and even sharper shots. It all ended up with him chipping in on 131 scoring chances in 238 minutes. That works out to 8.3 contributions to scoring chances for every 15 minutes of power play time. I’ve tracked this that since 2010-11 on the Oilers, and in that time only Ales Hemsky in 2011-12 was more productive than was Hall last year. Hemsky was at 9.2 chances per 15, but he only played 100 power play minutes that year, a much smaller sample size, so there&

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PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-31

As per tradition, the Royal Half has rounded up the brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division and wrapped up the week that was in a tasty little nugget known as the Pacific War Room.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy...

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Edmonton Oilers player grades, Games 1-10 — Oilers needed to improve, & they have … slightly

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-31

Time flies, except when it doesn’t. After what seemed like an 18-month off-season, the puck dropped on Edmonton Oilers 2014-15 season just yesterday (I think it was), and here he are already at the 10-game mark. It’s been a spotty showing to this point. An opening five-game winless streak against Pacific Division rivals dampened spirits in Oil Country, then a 4-game winning streak during an extended home stand righted the ship before a discouraging return to Western Conference opposition in Game 10. Splits of 4-0-0 vs. the East but 0-5-1 against their own conference paints a bleak picture of where Oilers currently stand. It was crucial that Edmonton not repeat the dismal start of

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New ‘Nashville Way’ more exciting than ever

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-31

The new Nashville Predators? Well, at least new-ish. It’s early, yes, and that gaudy 6-1-2 record the Team Formerly Known as the NHL’s Most Boring Squad carries into Calgary Friday night is going to be awfully tough to maintain. But it’s the way in which Nashville is playing these days under Peter Laviolette as much as the success the team is having in the standings that’s gathering attention. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool Against a good-skating, if inexperienced, Edmonton team on Wednesday, the Predators were fast, snapped the puck around deftly all night and created lots of chanc

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