Oilers @ Coyotes Game 32 Preview

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-12-16

Heard any good jokes lately? @ 7-19-5, 19 points, .612 p/g Ranks 10-16-4, 24 points, .8 p/g Western Conference - 14th Western Conference - 13th 30th P/G 28th 25th ST 24th 29th ES 28th 29th Goal 27th 7:00 PM MDT - SNW Gila River Arena The opposing view: Five For Howling Tickets - TiqIQ Lots To Talk About It takes fifteen losses in sixteen games for a head coach to get fired from the Edmonton Oilers.  Dallas Eakins was relieved of his head coaching gig yesterday after the Oilers got shutout by the Rangers on Sunday night.  The firing takes place less than two weeks after MacTavish said that Eakins' job was safe for the time.  OKC bench boss

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The Second Opinion

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-16

One of the interesting complications to the Edmonton Oilers’ decision to dismiss Dallas Eakins and promote Todd Nelson is that the new coach brings with him a firm understanding of what’s happening in Oklahoma City, a firmer understanding than probably anyone else in the organization. The general manager sets the roster of the team, but the head coach has the power to influence those decisions and it’s going to be awfully hard to tell Nelson that he can’t have Player X from the farm if he thinks Player X will help the situation. Which players currently on the farm might benefit from that?

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James Tanner: Coyotes,Oilers and the Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-12-16

Were to begin? There's so much to talk about.....I guess the obvious place to start is tha...

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Oilers: Taylor Hall Isn’t Going Anywhere

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2014-12-16

As if having to fire the head coach he had absolutely no interest in parting ways with wasn’t already bad enough, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish had the pleasure of another twist being thrown into the mix on Monday afternoon courtesy of comments made by TSN Insider Darren Dreger during an on-air radio appearance. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)   After relieving Dallas Eakins of his coaching duties earlier in the day, the second year GM was faced with having to deal with speculation surrounding the potential availability of his best player via trade. Of course the player we are speaking of is none other than Taylor Hall. The same Taylor Hall who finished the last two

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NHL Rumour Roundup: Trade Freeze Edition

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-16

Will there be a blizzard of trade activity before Christmas? The National Hockey League’s holiday roster freeze sets in Dec. 19 at midnight and lasts until Dec. 27, so we could see a minor flurry of moves this week as general managers have a good sense of their lineups’ strengths and weaknesses 30 games into the season. We took a look around at rumblings around the league as the mini deadline approaches. (Note: Nothing to see here, Calgary Flames fans. Your freeze kicked in last week.) Could Taylor Hall be traded? In the wake of Dallas Eakins’ firing, the name of the team’s best player, Taylor Hall, hit the rumour mill. “You hear things,” Hall told reporters in Ph

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Predict The Final Score: Game 32 - Edmonton Oilers vs. Arizona Coyotes

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-12-16

The turnaround begins tonight Oilers vs Coyotes Today's Goaltenders: Ben Scrivens (1,218 mins ESSvPct: .898 SvPct: .890) vs. Devan Dubnyk (569 mins ESSvPct: .935 SvPct: .917) Please put your prediction in the subject line like this: Oilers n - Coyotes n Please list the Oilers score first, regardless of the team being home or away. Make your own prediction and do not comment on anyone else's prediction. Any comments that are not in the format above, or in response to someone else's comment will be deleted. Points distributed as follows: Predict both teams correctly: 5 points Predict the Oilers score correctly: 2 points Predict the opponent's score correctly: 1 points

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Oilers hiring Todd Nelson was a smart move

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-16

On Monday, the Edmonton Oilers made head coach Dallas Eakins the fall guy for problems not of his making. At the press conference announcing Eakins’s departure, GM Craig MacTavish revealed that he would be a transitional coach for a short time; after that Todd Nelson, the head coach of Edmonton’s AHL affiliate, would take over on an interim basis. Nelson doesn’t have the power to address the Oilers’ sizable problems at centre and on defence. And he’s going to be just as vulnerable to poor goaltending as his predecessor. But for a myriad of reasons, once Edmonton made the decision to make a coaching chance Nelson was the right fit and he’s been hired for the right job. Let’s

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HockeyBuzz Hotstove: Hotstove: Should The Oilers Consider Trading Taylor Hall?

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-12-16

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Welcome to another edition of the Hockeybuzz hotstove. Multiple reports are out there suggesting the Oilers are willing to listen to offers for Taylor Hall, and that his name could very well be in play. In today's hotstove we'll discuss whether or not the Oilers are smart to consider moving their franchise winger. Todd Cordell If the Oilers trade Ta...

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OILERS AT COYOTES G32, 2014-15

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-12-16

Todd Nelson makes his NHL coaching debut tonight with Craig MacTavish alongside, or vice versa. I doubt it matters to Nelson, this is a long time coming and there’s finally a real opportunity to become an NHL head coach full stop. As for the rest of these Oilers, losing a coach can’t be fun but today a new opportunity dawns. Winning is still the object of the game. There are individuals who will look to make light, or mileage, or reads from yesterday’s news, but I think the wise man (or woman) watches things unfold. The adjustment period will take some time but Craig MacTavish was a very good coach in this league and I’m sure he’ll see things that can be fixed.

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It's Not Your Fault

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-16

It's not your fault.

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Social Media Fires Dallas Eakins

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-12-16

Let’s be honest here and say Craig MacTavish didn’t fire Dallas Eakins. It wasn’t Kevin Lowe. Eakins didn’t ask to go, and I don’t think Bob Nicholson or the Oilers players had anything to do with this either. Do you know who fired Eakins? Social media. Someone needed to die, so it might as well be him. The owner of the Edmonton Oilers Daryl Katz and Oilers management were okay with losing when the fan base was angry. But what set in recently is far scarier from a business perspective: Indifference. The fans stopped caring and stopped talking. That means $7 game tickets for sale on Stubhub, less ugly Oilers sweaters sold this Christmas, and less beer sales at the rink. At lea

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12/16/14 What We Can Learn From A Coaching Change

Source: Oil Acumen
Date: 2014-12-16

At least it's something.I've argued in favor of firing Dallas Eakins because of how he has deployed his defense, for his poor special teams, for insisting on using Brad Hunt in the NHL, for the swarm, for scratching Petry, for not having his roster picked coming out of camp, and for his overall record. He's not all that's wrong with this team, but his removal is a step in the right direction.The trouble with hiring a head coach with no NHL experience is that we have no track record to use as a control. We don't know how good Eakins could have been with a properly constructed roster, though given the evidence we do have I suspect that he'd still have been in over his head. If a guy like, say,

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