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Is Niki Nikitin the right partner for Justin Schultz? Edmonton Oilers are about to find out

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-19

It may mystify some of the fan base, but it’s clear that Dallas Eakins, Craig MacTavish et al see Justin Schultz as being a top-pairing defender for the Edmonton Oilers. The prized free agent signing from the summer of 2012 stepped into a big-minutes role right off the hop in his rookie season, averaging 21:26 of ice time per game under Ralph Krueger to rank second among Oilers defencemen behind Jeff Petry. In 2013-14 under Dallas Eakins, that average bumped northward to 23:20 with Schultz emerging as the club’s top rearguard, at least as ranked by the all-important measure of ice time. That hasn’t changed a bit in the new season, with Schultz averaging 24:14 through the fi

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What is the future of the Edmonton Oilers? Tonights action and more...

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-10-19

So who do we blame today? Boy there was alot of action on TV last night from the Kansas City Royals moving on their first ever World Series, to the San Francisco Giants coming within 1 game of the World Series for the 3rd time in 5 years. I also witnessed the Calgary Flames "AGAINST ALL ODDS" defy the rules of hockey analytics as they defeated the Hawks in overtime in Chicago after being outshot 50-18. I think alot of Oilers fans were asking 'Why dont we ever get goaltending like that"? There was a great original 6 matchup in Detroit that saw two powerhouses go head to head for 65 minutes before a shootout seperated them to end the night. There was a new episode of Dragon's Den and&nbs

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The puck stops here...Or does it?

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-10-19

7 game homestand starts tonight!! The Oilers are back in the "City of champions" to begin a long 7 game homestand in which they will begin and end it with games against the division rival Vancouver Canucks. I wouldnt chalk these games up as wins for the Oilers as the Canucks are dilusional about still being a Stanley Cup contender. The problem is there are 5 in between games against the Lightning, Caps, Carolina, Habs, and Smashville. The Lightning are just starting to light the lamp up as of late, the Caps are really coming up, the Hurricanes might be an easier game with all of their injury woes (eventhough they gave the Rangers a run for their money last night), the Habs play hard ever

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Today's winners and losers - From the ice to the Gridiron!!

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-10-19

Game on!!   It should be an action packed Saturday night featuring 11 games on the NHL sked and like a 100 games in College Football. Im going to skip the sob story on the Oilers today and let Richard Cloutier's well written blog do the talking. I went 3 for 6 last night bringing my season average to 38-26 keeping me at 60% winning percentage. I hope to improve on that tonight so lets get straight to the action tonight!!   **NHL**   Florida @ Washington - Florida got lucky last night, why? They played the worst team in the NHL and barely squeaked out a W. They wont be so lucky tonight as they face the up and coming Ovie and the Caps. This one could be a blowout. Take

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SAME TIME NEXT YEAR

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-10-19

The media often runs out in front of things by weeks and weeks, and I suspect that’s the case in the Dallas Eakins employment case. From the Ottawa Sun this morning, Bruce Garrioch frames the issue thusly: At what point do the Oilers have to do something just to make their fanbase happy? GM Craig MacTavish made a bold move by hiring coach Dallas Eakins. MacTavish may be forced to make a bold move and fire Eakins two seasons into his four-year deal if this doesn’t get turned around quickly. If that happens, you have to think MacTavish may have to go back behind the bench. Source As the pressure builds, there’s no doubt the possibility of change comes into view, but I think we&

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Tears, Fears & Cheers – Social Media Recap – Oct 19

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-10-19

  The Oilers Rig Social Media Recap – “Tears, Fears and Cheers” is back!   Welcome to the first edition of the 2014-2015 season!  There was a lot for us to work with seeing as how the Oilers are off to a dismal 0-5 start to the season. This edition of the Social Media Recap includes some serious frustrations, a few positive (believe it) comments and several hilarious installments of #HereComeTheOilers. As you know, a lot of our blogging ideas come from comments and discussions that are spurred on by Twitter and or Facebook comments.  Consider this The Oilers Rig version of the Edmonton Journal’s “Venting” column. Make it easy on us to find your comments by hashtagging

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Edmonton Oilers 5-loss streak not confident way to start the season

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-19

Five games into the season, the Edmonton Oilers already find themselves in a hole.

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The Oilers' Cap Management Problems

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-10-19

The underlying problem that people don't talk about because the on-ice problems over-shadow it. Entering the 2013 off-season, things were starting to ever-so-slightly look up for the Oilers franchise. The team had just taken their first meaningful step forward in the standings (up to 23rd) after three consecutive #1 overall draft picks, Sam Gagner had put produced points at the highest rate of his career during the shortened lockout season, and best of all, the franchise had finally fired the worst General Manager in their history, and possibly league history, Steve Tambellini. There were signs that the progress was an illusion as the team's underlying statistics suggested the improvem

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Jones: Oilers chase futility records

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-19

So the Edmonton Oilers have reached a franchise record for most losses from the start of the season: 5. Big deal.

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IT'S PROBABLY NOTHING, BUT.....

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-19

The Edmonton Oilers are struggling with injuries and ineffective play among their centers at the NHL level. Their prospects on the farm include Anton Lander and several rookie pro's or second-year AHLers like Bogdan Yakimov, Jujhar Khaira and Travis Ewanyk. Their most effective AHL center is Jason Williams (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved). If we can agree the Oilers need a bridge to the youngsters who can play NHL hockey until they're ready, what would it look like?

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THE FANTASY MINUTE: WAIVER WIRE

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-19

The Nation Network and Dailyfaceoff present the Fantasy Minute. A quick run through the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds and sleepers for the week. 10.17.14 (Based on 12 team leagues)

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Not all those who wander are lost

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-10-18

As I sat in row 4 on opening night, I had an overwhelming sense of dread. Four cloth canvas banners were suspended from the score board for the opening ‘show’. Three of them dropped when it was complete. The fourth, got stuck. It took a few staff to skate over and pull it down. It [...] The post Not all those who wander are lost appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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