Edmonton Oilers prospect report: February

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-25

Like so many NHL teams today, nearly all of the Edmonton Oilers good, sub-23 players are already playing the National Hockey League. Gone are the days of a mandatory two- or three-year bit in the American League, like military service. Connor McDavid (20), Leon Draisaitl (21) and a handful of 22-year-olds dot the roster up in Edmonton, a team that is only now beginning to draft well enough to have some talent developing down on the farm. The reasons you miss the playoffs for 10 straight years are many-fold, but one is surely a lack of success at the draft table. That impinges on your talent base, even for an Oilers team that finally appears to have its NHL club on track. Here’s a look at w

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Three things we learned in the NHL: Bennett ends drought

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-25

• Sam Bennett snaps goal drought • It’s time to start talking about Leon Draisaitl • Eddie Lack gets much needed shutout Friday saw some bounce back performances from players who won’t count this season as one of their favourites. Sam Bennett snapped a 10-game goalless streak in the Flames’ win over the Panthers. At the same time, Eddie Lack picked up a shutout for the Hurricanes in only his sixth start of the season. Here are three things we learned in the NHL. Bennett gets monkey off back It’s been a rough season for Calgary’s Sam Bennett, to say the least. The fourth overall pick in 2014, Bennett was expected to continue building on his strong play fr

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GDB 62.0 Wrap Up: Not Too High, Not Too Low

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-02-25

 It was close, but not quite close enough. Final score: 2-1 Capitals.

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Condors rally for 4-3 victory over Ontario

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2017-02-25

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (21-20-5-1; .511) rallied from a two-goal deficit to stun the Ontario Reign (27-14-8-0; .633) 4-3 Friday night in front of 5,985 fans at Rabobank Arena. Bakersfield pulls to within a point of Tucson for the 4th and final playoff spot in the Pacific Division with the victory. Boxscore | Post-game Gerry Fleming | LaLeggia GWG | Lander goal FIRST PERIOD ONTARIO GOAL: C Mike Amadio (12) from the top of the slot (Brodzinski, Sutter assists) at 4:46; ONT leads 1-0 SHOTS: BAK – 17 | ONT – 5 SECOND PERIOD CONDORS GOAL: D Griffin Reinhart (6) blast from the left circle (Pochiro, Dupont assists) at 9:44; tied 1-1 O

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Oil Kings goaltender Josh Dechaine unable to hold off Prince George Cougars

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-25

Goaltender Josh Dechaine had a strong night for the Edmonton Oil Kings, but could not hold off the Prince George Cougars on Friday. Dechaine made 38 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Cougars in the first of a two-game set in Prince George, B.C. The teams play again Saturday. Trey Fix-Wolansky scored the lone goal for the Oil Kings (20-37-4) who have lost the first five games of a six-game road trip. Jansen Harkins, Nikita Popugaev, Jesse Gabrielle and Josh Anderson scored for the Cougars (39-19-3), who briefly regained top spot in the Western Conference over the Everett Silvertips. Goaltender Ty Edmonds made 19 saves for Prince George. Harkins and Pougaev scored four minutes apart in the first peri

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Cult of Hockey game grades: Oilers hang tough against NHL's top team but fall 2-1 to white-hot Caps

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-25

Oilers 1, Capitals 2 Not often these days does one have to resort to the old saw about “moral victories” when it comes to the Edmonton Oilers. I’m tempted to make an exception for Friday night’s high-tempo affair in Washington when the Oilers largely hung with the NHL’s best team before dropping a 2-1 decision in regulation.  For the Caps it was a 13th consecutive win on their home ice, but the first time in the last 12 of those that they didn’t puncture opposing defences for 5+ goals. But on this night 2 were enough as old Oilers-killer Jason Williams struck the deciding blow in in the third period. It was a night where the Oilers held high-octane sn

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Oilers come up short in Washington against Capitals

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2017-02-24

WASHINGTON - If this was a yardstick game for Edmonton Oilers, they kept the Washington Capitals from an NHL feat—a record 12 straight home games with at least five goals—but they couldn’t completely cool the hottest team on ice.

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Oilers Postgame: Close… But No Cigar

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2017-02-24

If you ask me, and probably most other observers, there is no opponent currently in the NHL that is more daunting than the Washington Capitals. Owners of the best record in the league, Washington looks destined to take home the President’s Trophy for the second straight year, and that in large part is due to their dominance at home. Coming into tonight, Washington had won a whopping 12 straight games at home. Even crazier is that over the past 11 of those games, the Capitals had scored at least 5 goals. Holy crap. Luckily (not at all), the Oilers would get the opportunity to walk into D.C. on this fine evening and attempt to be the first team of 2017 to try and buck both of those trend

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Oilers fall victim to Capitals' home-ice magic

Source: CBC Sports
Date: 2017-02-24

Justin Williams and Tom Wilson scored as the Washington Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Friday night to tie the franchise record with their 13th consecutive home victory.

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Capitals beat Oilers to extend home winning streak to 13

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-24

WASHINGTON — Justin Williams and Tom Wilson scored as the Washington Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Friday night to tie the franchise record with their 13th consecutive home victory. Williams’ game-winner in the third period was his 19th of the season. Washington’s streak of home games with five-plus goals ended at 11, but Braden Holtby made 30 saves to pad the team’s lead atop the NHL. Evgeny Kuznetsov didn’t have a point but was arguably the Capitals’ best player against Edmonton. They have now outscored opponents 64-20 during their home winning streak. Leon Draisaitl scored his team-leading 23rd goal of the season for Edmonton, whi

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Oilers come up short in Washington

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-24

WASHINGTON – If this was a yardstick game for Edmonton Oilers, they kept the Washington Capitals from an NHL feat — a record 12 straight home games with at least five goals — but they couldn’t completely cool the hottest team on ice. While the Oilers played hard against the NHL’s No. 1 team, the Caps won their 13th consecutive game at Verizon Center, 2-1, running their record at home to 25-5-1. The Oilers weren’t intimidated by any stretch by the Caps, who’ve got 89 points, but the Caps did what they do best. They score more goals than anybody five-on-five. Jason Williams blew a 35-footer off the post and in behind Cam Talbot in the third, off a perfect feed from one of the

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Oilers Snapshots: Sekera in lineup ... Wearing new pants ... Special date for Gretzky

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2017-02-24

WASHINGTON - Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andrej Sekera couldn’t have tied his shoes, nevermind held his stick, after taking a hard ripper from Aaron Ekblad early against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, which kept him out for most of the last 40 minutes, but he played against the Washington Capitals on Friday.

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