Brodeur’s jersey retirement set to heal any Devils wounds

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-09

They’ve done it for Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, erected statues in their likeness and their honour, immortalizing their connections not only to the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers, respectively, but to those cities. Now, it’s Martin Brodeur’s turn. “I’m gonna have some pigeon living on my shoulder,” he chuckled. “The Salute” will, eventually, live in bronze on the corner of Lafayette and Mulberry outside the Prudential Centre in downtown Newark, not the site of the vast majority of Brodeur’s brilliant performances with the New Jersey Devils, but a building that might never have been built without his crucial contributions to the hockey club’s history. We now know what

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30 Thoughts: What’s behind Crosby’s scoring surge

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-09

Here’s the scariest thing about Sidney Crosby’s leap into the NHL’s Top 10 scorers: he’s not cheating. Most centres are asked to play low in the defensive zone. It can help you transition to offence with speed, but it also means you have a longer skate and increases the possibility a scoring chance disappears by the time you get there. We know coaches demand defensive accountability, and no one, not even Crosby, is immune. As he struggled to start the season, opponents wondered if the Penguins would move him higher or allow him to “blow the zone,” just to get him going. With 12 goals and 22 points in his last 11 games, no one’s worried about Crosby anymore. They’re worried ab

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G55 2015-16: OILERS AT DEVILS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-02-09

The Edmonton Oilers reach G55 for the season in familiar territory: Back of the line, waiting for the lottery balls. Although the playoffs remain a distant bell, there are jobs to play for and a strong effort might get them a table in the second row on draft day. I think it is important for the Oilers to push—they did last season when other teams were selling off their best goalies—but at this point I think we are probably looking at a top-five selection at the 2015 draft. As the daylight begins to stay longer, this blog will begin the transition toward the draft and summer. JURASSIC PARK, YEAR OVER YEAR Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1 Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0 Oilers in November 2014

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PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-02-09

 In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!

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And Then….There Were Four For The Oilers Core

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-02-09

During the last six years, you’ve probably heard quite a bit about the core of the Edmonton Oilers. When this rebuild started, the core group was large and spanned a number of positions. Today, February 9th 2016, the core has shrunk considerably and only one name remains. The GM has changed (twice) and the veteran boss is not pleased with his club. We can sit here and say the same thing will happen in the summer, but folks that just is not true. I’ve seen Peter Chiarelli work up close when he was here in Boston. If you think this team will look the same in September then you are lying to yourself. Copy this and store it away until camp, this Oilers team will look VERY different c

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Thoughts on the Oilers: Adjusting Expectations, Defence and + Radio Spot

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2016-02-09

Joined Lowetide on Monday morning to discuss the Oilers, including the back-to-back losses, the holes on defence and what to expect in terms of transactions. Full audio clip is below, starting around the 7:30 mark. Couple notes: I really didn’t expect the Oilers to do well in Montreal. Even though the Habs have been terrible for months, they’ve still posted some decent possession numbers (52.7% CF adjusted since December 1st), but have been completely sunk by terrible goaltending (90.7%, last in the league) with Price out of the lineup. They were bound to have a decent game eventually, which they did against an Oiler team that looked gassed in the first period. I didn’t t

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What the Oilers Defence Looks Like in 2016/17 if Eric Gryba is Re-Signed

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-02-09

Eric Gryba has been a pleasant surprise this season. If the Oilers want to re-sign him, how would they make the pieces fit? As much as the injury to Connor McDavid hurt the Oilers, it was the injury to Oscar Klefbom that did the real damage and derailed the team's season. Taking McDavid out of the Oilers lineup created a hole, but with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the emergence of Leon Draisaitl it was a hole that could be filled reasonably well on most nights. But when you take Klefbom out of the lineup, you take an already thin defence and make it see through, leaving Andrej Sekera as the team's only top four defender. And it's that defence, or lack of defence, that's the biggest reason w

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AHL TARGETS (CENTRAL DIVISION)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-02-08

In our second stop along the AHL trail, we get a good look at some of the league's Central Division players who may be available via trade at the deadline—or in summer. There is plenty of quality across the division and several attractive pieces that could be of interest to other NHL teams.

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Game Day: Edmonton Oilers versus New Jersey Devils

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-02-08

Edmonton 21-28-5 versus New Jersey  26-20-7 6 p.m.  SportsNet/630 CHED Power play Edmonton 15th (18.7%) New Jersey 10th (19.8) Penalty killing Edmonton 18th (80.2%) New Jersey 11th (82.1%) LAST 5 GAMES EDMONTON 2-3-0 EDM 1 NYI 8 EDM 1 MTL 5 EDM 7 OTT 2 EDM 5 CBJ 1 EDM 1 NSH 4 NEW JERSEY 2-1-2 NJD 2 WSH 3 (SO) NJD 2 TOR 3 (SO) NJD 3 NYR 2 NJD 0 PIT 2 NJD 3 WPG 1 IN THE TANK Edmonton – Full Had the day off in New York. If they’re not rested, it’s their own fault. New Jersey  – Two thirds Devils coming off a game against the division rival Rangers Monday night LINES OILERS FORWARDS Taylor Hall Ryan Leon Draisaitl Ted Purcell Benoit Pouliot Connor McDavid Jordan Eb

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Will the real Edmonton Oilers leaders please stand up?

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-02-08

It’s a good thing Peter Chiarelli is the only one in Edmonton with the power to ship players out of town.

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