Oilers let one slip away as they fall 4-3 to Sabres in OT

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-12-06

BUFFALO — The Buffalo Sabres turned the blade and twisted it violently with a goal in the final 30 seconds of the third, then one on a power-play blast in overtime for a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Rasmus Ristolainen hammered one off the post and behind Cam Talbot on a 4-on-3 in OT with Adam Larsson in the box for holding penalty in Marcus Foligno, just after Evander Kane had drawn the Sabres even at three. Kane had tied it with 28.3 seconds left and goalie Anders Nilsson on the bench for an extra atacker. He banged a rebound past Talbot after Ryan O’Reilly’s shot hit the post, with Kane beating Kris Russell to the loose puck. Until then, Leon Draisaitl̵

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Former Oilers backup Anders Nilsson bounced around ... McDavid vs. everybody ...

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-12-06

BUFFALO — At this time last season, goalie Anders Nilsson was the talk of the town.

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Canucks’ Philip Larsen stretchered off after Taylor Hall hit

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-12-06

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Philip Larsen was stretchered off the ice Tuesday night after receiving a hit from New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall. Larsen was collecting the puck behind his own net when Hall connected wth the 27-year-old Dane. Larsen was motionless after the hit while a scrum ensued around him. Larsen is in his first season with Vancouver after also spending time with the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers.

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Oilers notes: Backup bounced around league … ankle not an issue … everyone's opponent

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-12-06

BUFFALO — At this time last season, goalie Anders Nilsson was the talk of the town. E-Town. He was the Edmonton Oilers’ starter, not Cam Talbot Now, people are wondering why Nilsson isn’t playing more in B-Town. The Buffalo Sabres’ No. 2 tender to Robin Lehner had a 2.30 average and .934 save percentage going into a matchup against Talbot Tuesday night while Lehner was 2.41 and .921. Nilsson had a six-week run last season where he played continually and the struggling Talbot watched, until he got his game together in Boston in mid-December and got his No. 1 job back. Nilsson’s game dropped off, they called up Laurent Brossoit for a look, the Swede went to the minors for a

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How Kris Russell is defying his analytics critics

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-12-06

Kris Russell has a career Corsi of about 51.6 per cent, but in the past four seasons the Edmonton Oilers defenceman’s Corsi dips to 46 per cent, a number that has made Russell one of the hockey world’s most polarizing players. Based on a number of possession and shot metrics, the hockey analytics community has little value for Russell. Today in Edmonton, where Russell is playing out a one-year deal, the Fancy Stats community lives in fear that Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli will “make the mistake” of signing the soon-to-be 30-year-old Russell to a four-year contract. However, hockey people — defined as coaches, managers, players and scouts — have an almost unilateral resp

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Road to the pros: From Oshawa Generals backup to New Jersey Devils prospect

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-12-06

Ken Appleby wasn’t the most valuable player in the OHL playoffs in the spring of 2015. Even though his Oshawa Generals knocked off Erie in the final, the 99 Award went to Connor McDavid, who had 49 points in 20 games that post-season. Nor was Appleby the MVP at the MasterCard Memorial Cup a couple of weeks later. Even though the Generals beat Kelowna in overtime in the final, the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy went to another guy playing with the Edmonton Oilers these days, Rockets star Leon Draisaitl. No matter, those playoffs and that tournament were more valuable to Appleby than anyone on the ice. A run to a national title is as good as you can hope for when you’re a major-junior goa

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Live Tracker: Oilers at Sabres

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-12-06

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Jason Gregor: Edmonton Oilers need Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to improve on face-offs

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-12-06

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has taken more than 5,000 face-offs in his career, yet he has shown little improvement in his ability to win them. The Edmonton Oilers centre has won a paltry 43.5 per cent of his face-offs this season prior to Tuesday’s game in Buffalo. He hasn’t come close to 50 per cent during any season thus far, and his inability to improve in this department is limiting his opportunity to become the solid two-way player he yearns to be. A quick look at his faceoff history shows limited improvement. His ineffectiveness in the circle has always been a concern — his best season thus far came in the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign with a 45.7-per-cent mark

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Sherwood Park's Brendan Guhle has been thrown into NHL deep-end by Sabres

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-12-06

BUFFALO, N.Y. — There’s baptisms by fire, then there’s waging battle with two infernos. Alex Ovechkin on Monday, Connor McDavid on Tuesday. For Sherwood Park teenager Brendan Guhle, it makes you grow up in a hurry. Late last week, he was minding his own business playing defence for the Prince George Cougars, who acquired him in a trade with Prince Albert Raiders a few weeks back, when suddenly the Buffalo Sabres needed help because of a run of injuries. Guhle, a second-round draft in 2015, hustled here to play his first NHL game against Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins last Saturday, then drew Ovie in Washington Monday, and Tuesday the 19-year-old will get McDavid and his

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Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid Leading All-Star Voting

Source: Oil On Whyte
Date: 2016-12-06

After a week of NHL All-Star game voting, Connor McDavid is leading the Pacific Division. The youngest captain in NHL history may also become the youngest All-Star captain to ever suit up. McDavid is one of four plays leading their respective division for captaincy votes. He joins the ranks of Patrick Kane, Carey Price and […] Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid Leading All-Star Voting - Oil On Whyte - Oil On Whyte - An Edmonton Oilers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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