Penguins Are Playoff Ready

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-15

The Penguins took the ice for practice one day before Game 1of their first round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and it's remarkable to see a the Consol ice covered in healthy players. Kris Letang has played three games in a stunning return after suffering a stroke and looks to be back in top form. Beau Bennett recently returned and has seen a lot of time on the first line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. And today the Penguins added another teammate to the list of returnees. Evgeni Malkin practiced in his usual spot between Jussi Jokinen and James Neal and also on the first power play unit. Kris Letang also practiced on the first unit after playing on the second in

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Terry Jones: Oilers survey says fans' patience are up

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-04-15

Last-minute guide for Craig MacTavish as he goes into the annual general manager year-end State of the Oilers media conference Tuesday:

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Lucky loser Oilers hoping to hit NHL lottery

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-15

EDMONTON — The annual NHL draft lottery is for the worst-picture nominees, unlike the Academy awards.

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Edmonton Oilers: A Season to Forget

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-04-15

It wasn’t supposed to go like this. 2013-14 was the year the Edmonton Oilers were going to play meaningful games deep into the season. While few had them slated to qualify for post-season play for the first time since 2006, almost everyone felt this team was good enough to compete for a spot. Unfortunately, that is not how things played out during Dallas Eakins rookie year behind an NHL bench.

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The Oilers Are Going To Win The Lottery Tonight...Probably

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-04-15

In a sad tradition, we once again examine the odds of the Oilers winning the NHL Draft Lottery.

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14.8

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-04-15

14.8% is the chance the Oilers have of winning the lottery tonight and being able to make the 1st selection on the stage in Philadelphia. Finishing 28th isn’t something to brag about but the silver lining is the fact that yet again the Oilers should manage to get a good player that hopefully will be able to step in and help them gain ground in the standings in the coming years, and eventually if all the talent acquired can work together they’ll be a team that can consistently make the playoffs and be a legitimate Cup contender. Even if the Oilers don’t win the lottery the worst they will be picking is fourth overall and at that level its east for us to look at the possible players the

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RE 13-14 DAVID PERRON: AND IT STONED ME

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-15

David Perron came to Edmonton in exchange for future greats or heartbreaks. He delivered a quality season and was a good soldier. In a season where it’s hard to find a kind word, Perron has universal appeal in Oiler Nation. DAVID PERRON 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 1.93 (3rd among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 4.03 (4th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 3rd toughest among regular forwards (top line opp) Qual Team: 9th best teammates among regular forwards (3line linemates) Corsi Rel: 7.0 (3rd best among regular forwards) Corsi for % 5×5: 45.7 Corsi for % Rel 5×5: +2.5 Zone Start: 48.9% (7th easiest among regular forwards) Zone Finish: 45.7% (6th best among regular fo

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The Oilers Offseason: Will There Be A Bold Move This Time?

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-04-15

Last summer Craig MacTavish talked of bold moves that never happened, should we expect anything different this time around?

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Another Year for Anton Belov?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-15

One of the more difficult players to get a read on this season is Anton Belov. In his first year in North America, the Russian rearguard offered an intriguing mix of ability and error. Should the Edmonton Oilers give him another season to find his way? By EyeIn a lot of ways, Belov is the classic puck-moving European defenceman, but with a twist: instead of being small and fast he’s big and slow. Belov’s strengths are many. He’s relatively poised with the puck, with an ability to make the first pass out of the zone, even under pressure (something he improved on over the course of the year). He has a heavy shot, albeit one that wasn’t used frequently enough. In the defensive zone,

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First round of the playoffs? Puckrant has you covered

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-15

Rise up, gather round, rock this place to the ground. On Wednesday, the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs finally begin. Regular team bloggers will continue to do their thing, but we also have eight feature writers, each one assigned to cover one series. NHL East Boston vs. Detorit - Blogger: Kelsey Perry-Carlsen. I think this is a four or five game series in Boston's favor, but several others see Detroit as a serious threat. Keep in mind they beat the Bruins three times during the regular season. There's a good chance Kelsey will be wearing her Bruins jersey each and every time she blogs about the series. Tampa Bay vs Montreal - Blogger: Justin Cuthbert This seemed like a logical fit fo

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Top 15 fantasy disappointments of 2013/14

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-15

As in every fantasy season we find surprises, we also find disappointments.  Sometimes the disappointments are easier to pick out than the surprises, but just as significant.  The way to best be successful in fantasy is to monitor progress and regression from season to season, and to act accordingly.   Below are the 15 most disappointing fantasy players for the 2013/14 season:   Let's start at 15 and climb to the top!   15. Henrik Sedin- the former MVP shared in the same struggles as his twin brother this season, just not to the same extent.  He scored 11 goals and 39 assists for 50 points in 70 games.  The irony is how year after year, whether

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Lucky loser Oilers hoping to hit NHL lottery

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-15

EDMONTON — The annual NHL draft lottery is for the worst-picture nominees, unlike the Academy awards.

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