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

Source: Edmonton Journal
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. Just a flesh wound, obviously. “My arm went numb for a while,” said Sekera. “I tried to come back (two short shifts) but it was no good. If you can’t play 100 per cent, you shouldn’t be out there. Shot hit me in the wrong spot.” There was some worry it might be broken, but unlike teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who busted his hand last January against the Panthers, S

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Edmonton Oilers had looked at trading for Kevin Shattenkirk last year but weren't convinced it was best move [

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2017-02-24

It's hardly a state secret the Edmonton Oilers have been looking for a right-shooting, puck-moving defenceman for about as long as Joey Moss has been belting out O Canada. So about Kevin Shattenkirk, then ...

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Live: Edmonton Oilers at Washington Capitals

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-24

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Edmonton Oilers @ Washington Capitals Game Thread

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2017-02-24

Oilers visit NHL's best tonight in Washington After a 4-3 victory in Florida on Wednesday night, the Oilers look to keep the good times rollin'.  They'll no doubt face a tough task as they visit the Verizon Center tonight to square up against the league best Washington Capitals. How To Tune In 5 PM MDT on Sportsnet, TVAS.  Catch it on the NHL Network if you're viewing from the USA What To Watch For From The Oilers After blocking a shot (and subsequently, leaving the game) from Panthers' defenceman Aaron Ekblad, the Oilers breathe a sigh of relief as Andrej Sekera will be in the lineup.  That's good.  Ryan Rishaug reported yesterday that both Sekera and defenceman A

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Oilers were interested in acquiring Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues but weren't completely sold on him

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-24

WASHINGTON — It’s hardly a state secret the Edmonton Oilers have been looking for a right-shooting, puck-moving defenceman for about as long as Joey Moss has been belting out O Canada. So about Kevin Shattenkirk, then … Yes, the Oilers looked into him last summer when general manager Peter Chiarelli was searching here, there and everywhere for a right-shot defenceman. Yes, Taylor Hall’s name probably came up in the conversation, but more from the St. Louis Blues’ end, just as it did when Chiarelli went hard after Adam Larsson and got him from the New Jersey Devils but for a stiff price in Hall. Yes, the Oilers are intrigued by the 28-year-old Shattenkirk, as most National H

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Quick Shifts: Auston Matthews’ prediction may come true

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-24

A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. 1. A month ago, before he was a rap song, a TV reporter on a U.S. network posed a question to Auston Matthews. “One word answer: Are the Leafs a playoff team?” he asked. “I think so,” Matthews said. “One word.” “Yes.” The sloppy, streaky, wonderfully flawed, critically injured, and increasingly desperate Atlantic Division is in for a heck of a March to the post-season. We’ve written off the Red Wings, who should appear in your trade alerts any minute. And maybe Buffalo, too. But the rest of them? We can see a future where any

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The Oilers Secondary Scoring Isn’t Getting Better

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2017-02-24

The Oilers continue to struggle when it comes to secondary scoring. There might be an internal solution. A key concern for the Oilers this season has been their inability to generate offence when McDavid is not on the ice. After 61 games, the Oilers rank 9th in the league, and 4th in the west, when it comes to goal-share at even-strength (5v5) play with 52.7%. With McDavid on the ice, the Oilers have outscored their opponents 52-34, a fantastic goals-for percentage of 60.5%. Without him, however, the team has been outscored 71-65, which translates to a 47.8% goal-share. While the club continues to do well as a whole, it’s largely riding on the shoulders of their young captain. Here's

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Defying odds and dividing opinions may be what Oilers' d-man Kris Russell does best

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-24

GAME DAY 62: Oilers at Capitals I knew the moment that Kris Russell signed with the Edmonton Oilers that those of us who follow the Oil would get a first-hand look at a true hockey curio. The man praised by some observers of the game as “the best shot blocker in the league” was largely derided by a substantial portion of the analytics community for that very same reason. Sixty-odd games into his first and perhaps only Oilers campaign, the debate rages on, and not always politely. Kris Russell seems an unlikely guy to be the focal point of an often-vitriolic discussion, primarily between new- and old-school hockey analysts and commenters. A small man as hockey players go, he keeps

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Defying odds and dividing opinions may be what Oilers' d-man Kris Russell does best

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-24

GAME DAY 62: Oilers at Capitals I knew the moment that Kris Russell signed with the Edmonton Oilers that those of us who follow the Oil would get a first-hand look at a true hockey curio. The man praised by some observers of the game as “the best shot blocker in the league” was largely derided by a substantial portion of the analytics community for that very same reason. Sixty-odd games into his first and perhaps only Oilers campaign, the debate rages on, and not always politely. Kris Russell seems an unlikely guy to be the focal point of an often-vitriolic discussion, primarily between new- and old-school hockey analysts and commenters. A small man as hockey players go, he keeps

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Canadiens draft lottery near-miss on Matthews really stings now

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-24

In an alternate universe, Auston Matthews could have been wearing the bleu, blanc et rouge. My goodness, how much different might we be looking at this version of the Montreal Canadiens if it included a 19-year-old franchise centre? When the lottery balls were drawn by commissioner Gary Bettman in a sealed-off room outside of Sportsnet’s downtown Toronto studio last spring, first came No. 6. Then No. 8. Then No. 5. With one ball to go, the Canadiens had the same odds as the Toronto Maple Leafs of winning the right to draft Matthews – holding one of 11 potential remaining combinations. Buffalo, Colorado and Arizona were in the same boat, while Columbus, Winnipeg and Edmonton each

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Oilers podcast: Targets at the 2017 NHL trade deadline

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-24

Hockey writer Jim Matheson talks to sports editor Craig Ellingson about who the Edmonton Oilers might and might not target by the NHL trade deadline on March 1, 2017.

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Oilers Gameday @ Washington: Battle Ready?

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

The Oilers are back in action tonight in DC, taking on Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. When these teams met earlier in the season in Edmonton, the Oilers ran away with the game, winning 4-1 on the back of Benoit Pouliot (who isn’t in the lineup tonight). Tonight should be a different story, as the Oilers are a little depleted by injury (Pouliot, Darnell Nurse and Adam Larsson are all out of the lineup), and they’re in the midst of their longest stretch away from Rogers Place. The Oilers are sitting in second place in the Pacific Division, and will more than likely make the playoffs (barring a complete collapse from this point), while the Capitals are 1st in the Metropo

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