GAME PREVIEW: Condors v Ontario

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2017-02-24

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (20-20-5-1) host the Ontario Reign (27-13-8-0) on Dignity Health Home Ice at Rabobank Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. with doors opening for happy hour at 6 p.m. (5:45 p.m. for season ticket members). PROMOTION: The first 2,000 fans, 5 & older, will take home a Ryan Hamilton Bobblehead presented by Eyewitness News, Energy 95.3 FM, and American Business Machines; Les Schwab Tires 2-for-1 Friday: head to any Bakersfield Les Schwab Tires location and pick up a 2-for-1 ticket voucher for tonight’s game Game Preview  Tickets Listen Live Watch Live  EAT & DRINK CLUB ROOM   Basqu

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The Case For Mikhail Gigorenko

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

As the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline inches ever nearer, teams are either preparing to buy or preparing to sell. Peter Chiarelli and the Oilers will find themselves apart of this year’s group of deadline buyers, as they currently sit tied at 74pts with the Anaheim Ducks for sole possession of 2nd in the Pacific Division. While the team has performed above and beyond expectations this year, there is plenty of room for improvement on the current roster. Peter Chiarelli also said that the team’s performance has earned them the chance to show what they got down the stretch (That interview can be seen in its entirety here). Despite the efforts of the Oilers GM in trying to stoke the rampant

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Andrej Sekera in Oilers lineup for stern test against powerhouse Capitals

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-24

Andrej Sekera’s in, Adam Larsson’s out. On the medical front, Sekera has shaken off the Aaron Ekblad power play shot that nailed him on the arm and left it numb early in the Edmonton Oilers’ victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, and he’ll be back at his usual blue-line spot alongside Kris Russell tonight against the hottest team on ice, the Washington Capitals. Larsson, who has a lower-body problem (maybe a groin), worked out off ice Friday morning while the Oilers practised, so he’ll be sitting for the second straight game. He walked around Washington with Swedish defence partner Oscar Klefbom on Thursday, but there’s a difference between skating and sight-seeing a

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West Coast Bias: Canucks can’t make a mistake at the trade deadline

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-24

Every once in a while, a team’s needs and a rise in player’s dedication level intersect at exactly the right time. And once in a while, when you’re really lucky, it happens twice in the same season. Zack Kassian was a wreck. He was in a drunken car accident as a passenger in October of 2015 that cost him his shot with the Montreal Canadiens and landed him in rehab. When he got out the stars aligned, and a new general manager in Edmonton (Peter Chiarelli) just happened to have a team that was short everything that Kassian could potentially bring to the table. Almost two months later to the day — on Feb. 29, 2016 — the Anaheim Ducks finally ran out of patience with Patrick Maroon, wh

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NHL Trade Rumour Roundup: Will a young, top-pair blueliner get moved?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-24

The Detroit Red Wings are “open for business” but the team’s GM Ken Holland might be willing to move more than merely players on expiring contracts ahead of the March 1 NHL Trade Deadline. Pending unrestricted free agents Thomas Vanek, Brendan Smith and Steve Ott are believed to be on the block, but would players such as goalie Petr Mrazek or forward Andreas Athanasiou be made available for the right price? “I think if you could tell them that you could get them a 22-year-old first-pair defenceman that they would look at whether it would be Mrazek or Athanasiou — somebody like that — they consider doing if it got them a 22-year-old first-pair defenceman,” Sportsnet

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GDB 62.0: Capital Challenge

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-02-24

(Photoshop: @NewfieMikey)We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game. The Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL. They have the most wins, the most points, they've allowed the fewest goals (122), and they've scored the second most goals (198). They are +76 in GF/GA ratio. Their PP is fourth best and their PK is sixth best, despite them being 29th in PP/PK time ratio at -54:25.They are destroying teams at 5x5, outscoring the opposition 139-76. They are +63 at EV.  Minnesota is second at +39, Pittsburgh is +31, Chicago +24 and Columbus +21, to round out the top five. The Oilers are 11th at +11.Edmonton defeated the Cap

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Oilers Rumors Abound

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

We are five days from the NHL trading deadline, a day that could see fireworks happen across the league. While Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli has downplayed his potential activity at the yearly event, I firmly believe that the Oilers will make at least one move, possibly more. While I wouldn’t classify the Oilers as a Stanley Cup contender at this time, the potential to win a round is certainly there. If that happens? Well, Oiler fans should know that anything is possible, we need look no further than Edmonton’s last appearance in the yearly dance. Billy Jaffe, who covers the NHL for a variety of different networks including NHL Network and NESN in New England, was on Boston radio on

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Edmonton Oilers Shouldn’t Pursue Kevin Shattenkirk

Source: Oil On Whyte
Date: 2017-02-24

The Edmonton Oilers may have recent blueline injuries, but that doesn’t mean they should make a splash at the trade deadline. Recent rumors claim that Kevin Shattenkirk is on the block and that he is available for many teams to pursue. Multiple outlets suggest that Edmonton could be a suitor for the puck-moving right-handed blueliner, and should look […] Edmonton Oilers Shouldn’t Pursue Kevin Shattenkirk - Oil On Whyte - Oil On Whyte - An Edmonton Oilers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Gameday #62: Calgary Flames at Florida Panthers

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-24

The Calgary Flames seem to be getting hot at the right time. Thanks to an impressive 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning last night, the Flames have now won seven of their last ten games as they enter the final quarter of their 2016-2017 season. Calgary will look to make it three straight wins tonight when they continue their road trip against the Florida Panthers (5:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960). Calgary Flames 31-26-4, 4th Pacific Division Matthew Tkachuk-Mikael Backlund-Michael Frolik Johnny Gaudreau-Sean Monahan-Micheal Ferland Kris Versteeg-Sam Bennett-Troy Brouwer Lance Bouma-Matt Stajan-Alex Chiasson Mark Giordano-Dougie Hamilton TJ Brodie-Michael Stone Matt Bartkowski-De

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Edmonton Oilers: Sekera in, Larsson Out vs. Washington

Source: Oil On Whyte
Date: 2017-02-24

The Edmonton Oilers will get back the services of Andrej Sekera when they face the Washington Capitals Friday. Sekera left Wednesday’s win over Florida with a hand injury. He blocked a shot and never return to action. He told the media he felt numbness in his hand, but he’s good to go against Washington. Adam […] Edmonton Oilers: Sekera in, Larsson Out vs. Washington - Oil On Whyte - Oil On Whyte - An Edmonton Oilers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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The Oilers Core vs. The Flames Core

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-02-24

Canadian-based franchises boast some of the most exciting young talent in the NHL, with guys like Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine headlining their respective teams. They also have some of the better position players in the league, like Carey Price, Erik Karlsson and Dustin Byfuglien. Unlike last season, where not one of the teams based in Canada made the playoffs, it looks like there could be a few in the postseason this time around. Both Alberta-based teams find themselves in a playoff spot, and both are being led by a strong compliment of veterans and young players. Bitter rivals till the end, which team appears to have the better core of players on their roster? How the

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Madness or genius? Should Edmonton Oiler pursue the Seravalli Scenario and go all-in on playoffs this year

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-02-24

A provocative theory in from TSN’s Frank Seravalli, the notion that the door just might be open for the Edmonton Oilers in the playoffs, so the team should hotly pursue St. Louis d-man Kevin Shattenkirk as a rental. Seravalli told host Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now earlier this week that Edmonton has a chance to chase down San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division and that the Oilers have a window right now with Connor McDavid on his entry level contract, so it makes sense to go all-in right now and acquire Shattenkirk, who just might be persuaded to sign here long term. I’ll quote Servalli at length so you get the full sense of how things line up in his dream scenario: ̶

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