MacKinnon: Oilers had to become a team before they could start to win

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-30

I once attended a wedding in the hamlet of Macon, Mo., where the father of the bride offered this bit of wisdom: “No matter how bad things get, they’re never all that bad. And no matter how good things get, they’re never all that good.”

Continue Reading

Honda Live Tracker: Predators at Oilers

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-30

Mobile users click here

Continue Reading

Oilers Injury Round-Up

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-10-30

The Oilers battle the Nashville Predators tonight, but will be missing three players due to injury. Up front, forward Luke Gazdic is still battling back from off-season shoulder surgery, while on the back-end defender Nikita Nikitin is battling a back problem, and goalie Viktor Fasth is dealing with a groin problem. Gazdic: Gazdic suffered a shoulder injury late last season, and underwent off-season surgery to repair the damage. He had to change up the way he trained over the summer, and wasn’t able to participate in training camp back in September. He hasn’t really taken a full run at practice yet either, but is making progress according to coach Dallas Eakins. Gazdic is current

Continue Reading

Video: Strong goaltending buoys Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-29

Edmonton Journal hockey writers Jim Matheson and Joanne ireland, along with sports columnist John MacKinnon, talk about the difference strong goaltending by Ben Scrivens has made for the Edmonton Oilers in their early 2014-15 NHL season win streak.

Continue Reading

How Pearson-Carter-Toffoli Line Is Hiding Los Angeles Kings' Offensive Issues

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-10-29

The Los Angeles Kings rank 18th in the NHL in terms of offensive production, scoring 2.56 goals per game. That doesn’t sound very good, but it’s actually a big step forward from 2013-14, when they were one of the five worst offensive teams in hockey and were outscored by the Edmonton Oilers. This isn’t a new trend for L.A. When the club won its first Stanley Cup in 2011-12, it did so after finishing 29th in regular-season scoring. It’s tempting to shrug and say "defence wins championships," but that actually isn’t the case with the Kings. Los Angeles has won two championships in the last three seasons, and both times it was able to massively increase its scoring

Continue Reading

Family says Howe showing signs of improvement

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-29

Gordie Howe has a long way to go to recover from a stroke he suffered over the weekend, his son said Wednesday amid an outpouring of support from the hockey community. "Mr. Hockey" has shown some signs of improvement from what son Mark called a "pretty significant stroke" and is resting at his daughter Cathy’s home in Lubbock, Texas. "It’s a difficult time for Dad," Mark Howe said in a phone interview from Lubbock. "It definitely impacted his life, so we’re dealing with this, I think, as all families do and just trying to be there. The best thing we can do is just be here and be supportive and try to keep him in good spirits." Sons Mark, Mart

Continue Reading

Are we on to something here?

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-10-29

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

Continue Reading

Remembering Gordie Howe, who wrote the book on being tough

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Spills
Date: 2014-10-29

As the hockey world says their prayers for Gordie Howe, 86, who is in a major battle now after suffering a serious stroke, everybody says the same thing: this is one tough guy, who has lived his life with grace and dignity, but also with a huge helping of strong will going back to when he was in his 20s, even when he was in his 60s, and still on the ice. “I remember this charity game (late 80s) in Enfield, Connecticutt, the Hartford Whalers’ alumni against the police,” said Nashville’s new radio colourman Brent Peterson, the one-time Edmonton Oil Kings’ centre, who played 620 games, then retired and became an assistant coach in Hartford with the Whalers before c

Continue Reading

Edmonton Oilers host Nashville Predators

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-29

The hot Edmonton Oilers (4-4-1) host the Nashville Predators (5-1-2), a team coming off a loss, Wednesday night. The puck drops at 8 p.m.

Continue Reading

Ex-NHL enforcer back in court to fix trial date

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-29

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A former NHL enforcer facing assault and driving charges in Kamloops, B.C., will be back in court next month. Charges against Rudy Poeschek, who played parts of a dozen seasons with several teams, include driving while prohibited and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He is scheduled to return to provincial court on Nov. 20 to fix a trial date. The 47-year-old who is originally from Terrace, B.C., was charged following an alleged incident on July 5, the details of which have not yet been made public. Poeschek played 364 games on various teams including the New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues, tallying six goals and 25 assists w

Continue Reading

GDB 10.0: The West is best

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-29

The majority of the best teams in the NHL are in the western conference, and if the Oilers want to become a playoff team they need to beat some western opponents. It is great that they can dominate the east, but they only play 32 games vs. the east. The other 50 games are against big, strong and experienced western conference teams. You need to be competitive in those games if you want to be a playoff team.The Oilers aren't changing conferences, so they better learn how to compete and defeat their western foes.

Continue Reading

Oilers game day: Improved Nashville Predators visit Rexall Place tonight

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-29

Follow Edmonton Journal hockey writers Jim Matheson and Joanne Ireland, and sports columnist John MacKinnon along with others as the Edmonton Oilers prepare to play the visiting Nashville Predators on Wednesday night., Oct. 29, 2014, starting at 8 p.m

Continue Reading