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Dallas Eakins Specious Reasoning

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-10-23

Maybe re-thinking that answer is the right way to go Ryan complained that Dallas Eakins was being mealy-mouthed about his ridiculous deployment of Nail Yakupov thus far this season: My only thought going into the game is to win the hockey game. This is about our team. I know there's a lot of chatter out there about individuals ice time, this is about our team. The team. The team. The team every time. You guys can talk about guys ice times. We've got guys that are improved this year and playing less, we've got guys that are improved and playing more. There are situational things that happen on the ice, you guys can read whatever you want into it. I'm not talking about a guys in

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NHL Trade Rumors: Dissecting Latest Gossip Around the League

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-10-23

If you thought the fact that the NHL season is less than three weeks old would mean there would be no rumors flying around already, guess again.  As teams begin to evaluate what they have on the ice in the early going and injuries mount up, there are sure to be moves between now and the trade deadline. While they may take some time, the accompanying rumors have already begun. With that in mind, here is a look at some of the latest gossip from around the NHL.   Philadelphia Flyers TheFourthPeriod.com provided the latest on the potentially active Philadelphia Flyers: The Philadelphia Flyers are actively scouring the trade market in hopes of improving their current roster and have m

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MAYBE I’M AMAZED

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-10-23

Do you remember in the preseason when MacT talked about Hall being an impact player? And the Oilers needed to find out if Nuge and Eberle could play at a higher level? Do you remember that? MacT: ” (Nuge and Eberle) have a lot of room for growth. … We need to see whether they’re going to be good players or whether they’re going to be star players.” Source In the last two games, for my money RNH has shown he’s that kind of talent, a star talent. Hall was fabulous in the TBay game, and good not great in the Washington contest. Nuge scored in each game, and both times they were on good shots after hard work. I don’t think Nuge is going to be a Hall talent, a fre

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Oilers make it two straight with win over Ovechkin and the Capitals

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-10-23

On the strength of another solid showing from netminder Ben Scrivens and second period goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and defenceman Nikita Nikitin, the Edmonton Oilers managed to win their second game in three nights, edging Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-2. While we may only be talking about two wins, that still qualifies as a streak and considering how poorly this season started for Dallas Eakins' side,,,it could not have come at a more opportune moment.

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Oilers succeed in smothering opponents' top scorer for second game in a row

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-23

Early on in the season, the Edmonton Oilers were talking a good defensive game although they may not have been playing one.

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Ryan Garner: Oilers Happily Take Walk of Shame

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-10-23

"A morning of awkwardness is far better than a night of loneliness." A large sign emblazoned with that quote welcomed patrons at a San Francisco bar I used to frequent. In my mind, it served three practical purposes. First, it helped differentiate the regulars from the tourists, who loved having their picture taken in front of it. Second, a glance back at it on the way out the door injected som...

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Problems on Defense Create Dilemma for Philadelphia Flyers

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-10-23

One thing has become abundantly clear for the Philadelphia Flyers after their first seven games of the 2014-15 NHL season: the team’s defense just isn’t good enough as it is presently constituted for this team to be a true Stanley Cup contender. This creates a difficult dilemma for general manager Ron Hextall and the rest of the team’s management. The numbers are fairly straightforward, even though we are still early in the season. Through seven games, Philadelphia has allowed 28 goals. The team’s GAA is 3.71, which ranks it 28th in the NHL—ahead of only the Arizona Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers. The Flyers are also allowing an average of 30.9 shots per game,

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Oilers player grades — Ben Scrivens stands up to be counted, steals 3-2 win for Oil over Caps

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-23

Capitals 2, Oilers 3 Remember the time maybe a week or two ago when Dallas Eakins spoke longingly of the time his Edmonton Oilers would play poorly and win? Well, his dream came true on Wednesday night, when the Oilers were the second-best team on the ice by a wide margin, yet somehow emerged with a 3-2 regulation win over the Washington Capitals. Beggars can’t be choosers, it was a win desperately needed if not entirely deserved by the home club, who lagged in both the energy and execution departments. By the third period the Oilers had established their one-goal lead, but played Hang On Harvey hockey, especially in the first ten minutes when they were outshot 13-1. Fortunately netmin

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Jones: Ben Scrivens stands tall for Edmonton Oilers against Washington Capitals on night when Canadians unite [Photos]

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-23

Maybe because the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators in Ottawa was postponed and it was the only game left on the schedule in Canada after the events of the day, people may have expected something more elaborate.

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MacKinnon: Oilers get offence from their defence in win over Capitals (with video)

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-23

Back-to-back victories for the Edmonton Oilers, imagine. On a sombre day in Canada, in the military town of Edmonton, the Oilers and their fans paid proper pre-game respects to a fallen soldier in Ottawa, then got on with the job of righting themselves Wednesday night.

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Hockey will never be life and death, it’s not the real world, at all

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Spills
Date: 2014-10-23

On a night when the Edmonton Oilers’ fans were loud and proud at the final buzzer after their team’s second straight 3-2 victory at home, the game Wednesday started with a moment’s silence for two fallen soldiers this week, killed not in combat in a faraway place but on their own soil by madmen. Something brought home as the players lined up for O Canada. “It wasn’t just today, it’s the last two days…Quebec as well. We were all glued to the TV this morning like most of the country (after a soldier was killed at the National War Memorial on Parliament Hill),” said Oiler captain Andrew Ference, who set up a team bonding trip to CFB Wainwright bef

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Oilers Out-Duel Ovechkin and the Capitals

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-10-23

Ben Scrivens plays lights-out in the third to keep the Oilers on top. On a day when hockey was far from the forefront of everyone's minds, the Oilers and Capitals still took to the ice to play their scheduled game. Ovechkin was held to just two shots during the game, while Ben Scrivens, an Oilers player looking to get off the schneid, came up with a big game to get his team the win. First Period: Keeping Up 1:30 Nail Yakupov is working a Capitals player over in the corner of the Oilers’ zone. Looks like he’s playing with a bit of that Nizhnekamsk swagger tonight. 4:30 Nicklas Backstrom hits the post. Andrew Ference needs to stand him up as he comes into the zone and cuts to the m

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