David Musil recalled to replace injured Mark Fayne on Edmonton Oilers' depleted back end

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-12-07

What is it about injury bugs that they often seem to focus on a single position? So it is with the Edmonton Oilers, full to the brim with healthy forwards while one defender after another goes down to various physical ailments. With Brandon Davidson, Eric Gryba and Darnell Nurse already on the shelf, not to mention Andrew Ference on long-term injured reserve, the Oilers saw Mark Fayne leave last night’s game flexing the same leg that had previously sidelined him for six weeks. Unsurprisingly, the club today announced that Fayne has been placed back on the IR. That leaves the Oilers with just five healthy defenders who have seen action this season, in the persons of Andrej Sekera, Kris

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Time Travels of the Orange And Blue: Volume 8

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-12-07

November 27th, 1984 If you’re an NHL player a hat trick is something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. That said, if you’re Wayne Gretzky by the time you turned 23 you already had enough to last five lifetimes and on this day, he recorded his 30th in just his 5th season in the league. The young Oilers captain would have a five point night against the Maple Leafs in a 7-1 whoopin. Ken Wregget, I hope you don’t wake up screaming over this game at night. December 2nd, 1981  In one of the greatest examples of “LOL defence” in NHL history, the Oilers would fall on the road to the Quebec Nordiques in a score that was as common in the 80’s as

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Searching for consistency

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-12-07

The Oilers find themselves in first place in the Pacific division, although San Jose has three games in hand and is one point behind, yet they have only won five of 12 games versus the eight weakest teams in the NHL.The Oilers are 9-6-1 versus the top 21 teams in the standings.It seems they play to the level of their competition. They've dominated Chicago, Washington and St.Louis, yet they've been unable to defeat Toronto, Buffalo or Arizona in six contests.The standings in both conferences are very tight, and if the Oilers continue to struggle against the bottom teams it could cost them a playoff berth.

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Edmonton Oilers: Davidson Won’t Play on Road Trip

Source: Oil On Whyte
Date: 2016-12-07

The Edmonton Oilers have a long list of injured defenseman, and Mark Fayne is the latest addition to that list. While Brandon Davidson is traveling with the team, he won’t be suiting up just yet in Fayne’s place. According to head coach Todd McLellan, Davidson likely won’t play with the team as they travel to […] Edmonton Oilers: Davidson Won’t Play on Road Trip - Oil On Whyte - Oil On Whyte - An Edmonton Oilers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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The Problem With Poo

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-12-07

In my last article I talked about the Oilers, their fans and their goats. I asked that maybe we as fans try and take it easy on the players because, you know, we’re having a somewhat successful season and the real bottom line is that this team sits in a playoff spot at the beginning of December. But then I remembered how dissapointed I am by the play of one Benoit Pouliot, or more affectionately known as Poo. I might be the only one that refers to him that way, but hey….. So anyway, Pouliot has been playing poorly this whole season. So poorly in fact he’s found himself both stapled to the end of the bench and glued to the press box multiple times this season. The previous t

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The Capilano Rehab Injury Report: Defence Surplus

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-12-07

Ah the injury report, we meet again. Remember in last week's article when I mentioned that the injury pace has been much slower for the Oilers this year than it was last year? With that said, let's welcome three more players to the injury report! *tugs collar*

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TOP 100 OILERS: ADAM GRAVES (40)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-12-07

There’s a handful of players on this Top 100 list who made it based on what I saw, on the ice and off it, as opposed to the raw numbers they amassed during their time with the Edmonton Oilers. Adam Graves, who played a key role in Edmonton’s fifth Stanley Cup win in 1990 as a member of the Kid Line, is one of those players.Graves was one of those throwback guys, a glue guy, during his too-brief tenure with the Oilers. He was that rare mixture of skill, toughness and willingness to do whatever it took to win that doesn’t come along very often. We got just a glimpse of Graves in the 139 regular season and 40 playoff games he spent here before he went on to bigger and better things in Man

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Benning trending up, Russell down, but time to go with Sekera & Larsson as top pair

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-12-07

It may not be the biggest challenge in hockey — finding a true No. 1 centre fills that bill — but in recent years the Edmonton Oilers have struggled to find capable top-pairing defencemen.  The latest to be thrust into the role and to have their struggles include Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell. All season Klefbom has moved the puck well, much to the delight of folks who delight in fine passing, but he’s also leaked Grade A and goals against, often on plays where the opposition bursts down his wing and he gives up too much gap to deft attackers. Such were Klefbom’s struggles that Oilers coach Todd McLellan finally moved him off the top-pairing with Adam Larsson ag

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30 Thoughts: Still at odds over NHL Olympic participation

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-12-07

The Board of Governors convenes Thursday in Florida, with Olympic participation among the hot topics. We know what the players want: Olympic participation. It’s very important to them. The glow of the Games is a thrilling enticement over the dog days of a January hockey schedule. If you’re not playing, you get one week of beach frolication. Total win-win. We know what the International Ice Hockey Federation wants: NHLers in South Korea. President Rene Fasel pulled all sorts of levers and opened hidden doors to find the $10 million to $15 million the IOC decided not to spend. He was disappointed the NHL did not share his enthusiasm for this success. We know he will do anything to make i

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One Hell of a Good Time

Source: The Players Tribune
Date: 2016-12-07

It has been a hell of a ride. But I’m done. I am officially retired, as of today. I scored five goals. I had four kids. And I had one hell of a good time over the years. By my count, I only had 43 fights in the NHL. I only really lost one clean, in my humble opinion.

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