Gustavsson: It Could Be Worse

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-12-06

When the Edmonton Oilers signed perennial backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson this summer, it was a bit surprising. The Oilers were one of a few teams that needed some backup help, but the free agency crop was full of goaltending options. It was a buyer’s market and the Oilers chose a netminder who had some pretty average to below average results. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports) Not only was the decision interesting, but the timing was odd in that Edmonton signed Gustavsson on the first day of free agency. The Oilers didn’t wait, they didn’t shop around much, they simply identified their backup and signed him. It left a few people scratching their heads, wondering if the

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G28 2016-17: OILERS AT SABRES

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-12-06

Connor McDavid hasn’t had a point in two games, the hockey Gods robbed him of a 5-on-3 and his competitive juices will be on high alert in the House of Eichel tonight. This could be fun! The December record is strong (2-0-1) in the early days, and the gales of November could not put out the playoff fire. It is beginning to look like the Edmonton Oilers will be in playoff contention through at least game 40. Music! BUFFALO SOLDIER, YEAR OVER YEAR Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0, goal differential -7 Oilers in October 2016: 7-2-0, goal differential +10 Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2, goal differential -6 Oilers in November 2016: 5-8-2 goal differential -3 Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1,

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Down Goes Brown: John Tortorella’s stock is soaring

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-12-06

We’re nearing the two-month mark of the NHL regular season, which means it’s a good time to once again check in on trends around the league. Some stocks are rising, some are plummeting, and some are holding steady — and we’re going to take a crack at figuring out which are which. When we did this last month, the big stories through the first month were the rise of the next generation of young stars, struggling goaltenders, and the lack of firings. The Florida Panthers were kind enough to take care of that last one for us, leaving room for some other stories to bubble up to take its place. But we’ll start this month’s roundup with a story that seems like it

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Maroon’s Concussion Comments Prove Controversial

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-12-06

On Sunday night, Connor McDavid fell and hit his mouth on the ice. He promptly checked for blood, and then was promptly removed from the game by a concussion spotter. The new system is supposed to save players from themselves because he doesn’t have a choice whether or not to exit the ice if someone believes he may be concussed. Considering the dangers we know about concussions and the instances of players continuing to play despite clearly having their “bell rung,” the idea is a solid one. As with any new feature, there will be bumps along the way, and kinks to iron out. But needless to say, the Oilers weren’t pleased. The Concussion Spotter Debate (Tim Heitman-USA

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Keeping Up With The Condors: The Return Of Anton Lander

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-12-06

Anton Lander has injected some fire back into the Condor’s offense while the goaltending continues to stay strong. Dillon Simpson and Mark Fayne have been called up to the Oilers since the last time we checked on the group. Kris Newbury was released from his contract after the Condors brought Anton Lander back. New format on the Condor blog! DEPTH CHART Ryan Hamilton – Anton Lander – Taylor Beck Scott Allen – Jujhar Khaira – Patrick Russell Braden Christoffer – Josh Currie – Joey Benik Jere Sallinen – Kyle Platzer –  Greg Chase Ex: Mitch Moroz, Joel Rechlicz Griffin Reinhart – Joey Laleggia Jordan Oesterle – David Musil Ben Betker – Mark Fraser Ex: Frankie Simone

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NHL Concussion Protocol is Necessarily Cautious, But Lacks Consistency and Clarity

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-12-06

If Connor McDavid is going to be taken off the ice for a light fall, then let’s make sure everyone is treated with the same care and caution My favourite clip of Connor McDavid is not his spectacular first goal back from injury, or any of a myriad of highlight reel plays he's made over the years. My favourite Connor McDavid moment is this 35-second video of him after his Erie Otters lost in the playoffs, letting out a fat, fluffy expletive that was spectacularly angry and different from his usual mature, precociously old man-like demeanour. I watch it whenever I am angry and it makes me feel instantly better. It's somewhat amusing to know that under the placid surface is a boili

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NHLN Notebook: The Surprising Blue Jackets, Slow Starters, and KHL Free Agents

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-12-06

The Blue Jackets might actually be good, because woah, that Zach Werenski guy, while Patrice Bergeron, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Andrew Ladd are off to horrible starts, and the Oilers might have found a good right-handed defenseman (that didn't cost them Taylor Hall). 

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Oilers vs Wild: Tracking Stats

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-12-06

The following stats were tracked during manually during the game. The raw totals for the tracking stats and the glossary are at the end. At some point I’ll write up a detailed description of each category and my specific rules for each. You can find more information on Zone Exits here. I’m working on writing up the other stats and will a link to them once they’re up. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments or on Twitter (@wheatnoil). I’ve highlighted some of the better (blue) and worse (red) performances in each category. All time on ice stats are from www.naturalstattrick.com . Feel free to fire me a question or comment if you have one about the numbers. Game: 2

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Talking Oilers and their defence on The Lowdown with Lowetide (TSN 1260)

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2016-12-06

Joined Lowetide this morning on TSN 1260 to talk Oilers, why we dislike the current defence pairings and areas of improvement. Clip starts around 40 minutes in.

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Oil Kings upended by Lethbridge Hurricanes

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-12-05

The Edmonton Oil Kings had played defensively sound hockey in clawing their way back into the Western Hockey League playoff picture after a slow start to the season. On Monday against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, they deviated from that game plan. Sloppy play in their own end forced the Oil Kings to play catch-up against the Hurricanes and were eventually left in the dust. Left winger Egor Babenko scored two goals for the Hurricanes in a 6-4 victory at Rogers Place. Tyler Wong, Zane Franklin, Jordy Bellerive and Giorgio Estephan also scored for the visitors, who have won seven of their past eight games. Goaltender Stuart Skinner made 24 saves in the win. Lane Bauer, Trey Fix-Wolansky, Tyler Ro

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