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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
Malkin was frank when talking about his team's bad start:
"Every game, we start slow. I don't know why. Coach talks before [the] game. First 10 minutes is very important for us. I know we start slow. Couple mistakes. A penalty. It's [2-0 after the first period]. It's not what we want but we talk after [the first period] here in the locker room and start to play better. But it's not our game when we start slow."
-Head coach Mike Johnson disputed that sentiment when Malkin's comments were brought to his attention:
"I disagree with that. I thought a lot of times, we've had some really strong starts. I know going back to the last game we played in Edmonton [Nov. 6] I think it was 15 to 5 shots and we had them on their heels through the first whole period. Tonight, it was a combination of them scoring right away and getting a power play and the first shot of the power play goes in. But I thought through the last half of the first period, I thought we started to take over the game by playing down low. Playing below the circles against them. And that's how we just took advantage of them in the game. I thought we had a lot of good scoring chances. We just missed on our chances. And we're missing on too many chances. The five-on-three [power play] was key a key turning point for me. I thought we had four great chances and we missed the net on three of them."
much more on the Penguins...
Steal and a backhand.
Pittsburgh broadcast version is below...
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
... That’s a lot of talk about moving a player like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from a lot of Oilers insiders, enough for me to think that there’s some fire to this smoke.
But in a 10-minute press conference today, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli played down such rumours.
- Chiarelli said he’s disappointed with the team but has seen progress with the structure in terms of breaking out of Edmonton’s end and defending the neutral zone. “Obviously I don’t like our record. We’ve had a number of one goal losses and I think there’s a certain attitude and way to play to win those games and we don’t have it. I haven’t seen progression there.”
- “There’s been some disappointing performances,” Chiarelli said and later added the Carolina game was really disappointing “and that involves performances from players who should be better.”
- Need to make a move? “No, the last thing you want to do is just to go out and force a move to shake things up. I’m not averse to making moves and I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last two weeks. It doesn’t mean we won’t make a move, but to think, ‘Hey, I’ve got make a move to shake things up,’ I think that’s the wrong way to approach it. I have to take a global perspective on this thing.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
You know all that talk about the Edmonton Oilers being “visually better” on the ice this season? Well, in Carolina, the visuals weren’t pretty.
They are what it says they are in the standings, certainly with their no-show against the Hurricanes Wednesday.
They looked, numbingly, like cellar-dwellers in the 30th-precinct of the National Hockey League. You can talk yourself blue in the face about Jordan Staal’s hoper from behind the net that pinballed off the left skate of Griffin Reinhart and past goalie Anders Nilsson with 16 seconds left in the first period. Or the Justin Faulk pass to Jeff Skinner that ricocheted off his skate-boot and past Nilsson.
Or, the one-in-a-million chain of events 2-1/2 minutes into the second frame as linesman Matt MacPherson stumbled off a faceoff at centre-ice, and trying not to do a face-plant, reached for a lifeline. He grabbed Oilers winger Nail Yakupov, and Yakupov’s left leg bent awkwardly. Not a good play by the zebra, in hindsight, dragging down an unsuspecting player in a scrum.
While Yakupov never returned, he might not be as badly hurt as it looked on TV replay according to folks around the Oilers locker-room.
And that’s certainly not why the Oilers took a knee, losing 4-1 to the Hurricanes.
Watch the Yakupov injury below...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN.
Some frustrating times for the Buffalo Sabres, who are trying to hang with the playoff kids in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres dropped another close on Monday night, 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues, a game that was notable for a couple of reasons.
First, the Sabres are now winless (0-3-2) in their past five games. Unlike the past couple of seasons, though, the Sabres are keeping it close and have allowed just 12 goals over that stretch against quality opponents, including the Blues twice, the San Jose Sharks, and the Dallas Stars twice. The offense has gone soft, though, and the slide has coincided with a six-game goal drought for standout rookie Jack Eichel, who has just one assist during that span.
It's also worth noting that the Edmonton Oilers, without the services of No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid, lost a tight one last night, too, in a 1-0 defeat by a very good Washington Capitals team. The Oilers have won just two of their past eight games and are last in the NHL. It's not too early to say that as Eichel goes, so go the Sabres, or to say the same about the Oilers and McDavid.
more on both teams from the ESPN hockey guys...
from Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal,
Cam Talbot was brought in from the New York Rangers at significant cost over the summer with the idea that he would establish himself as the Edmonton Oilers’ starting goaltender. Instead, he’s fallen into a tandem situation with nominal backup Anders Nilsson, and the head coach is now stressing the need for development in net.
“We have confidence in both of them,” said head coach Todd McLellan on Tuesday, putting the best spin possible on the situation. “We’re trying to develop two goaltenders that are figuring their way out and trying to establish themselves as starters in the league… It will continue to be our job to develop both, to get them both confident and get them playing.”
McLellan has seen goaltending tandems work in the past. He was an assistant coach on the 2008 Detroit Red Wings team that won the Stanley Cup after splitting starts almost 50/50 between Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood during the regular season. As an NHL head coach in San Jose, though, he’s mostly run teams with clear-cut No. 1 and No. 2 goaltenders.
He says the situation is different in Edmonton.
“We’re at a different phase, though, in our organization to tell you the truth,” he said. “We’re developing forwards, we’re developing d-men, we’re trying to grow as a team; we’re laying a foundation down. We feel we need to do that with the goaltenders as well.”
Peter Chiarelli, GM of the Edmont Oilers with an update on the injured Connor McDavid.
Watch below, which is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm ET.
"What Larry Bird and Magic Johnson did for basketball, [Ovechkin] and Sid did for hockey at a time when hockey needed something to provide hope and excitement. McDavid and Eichel are perpetuating that same sort of intrigue into the League again. Not that it wasn't there before, but you can feel it."
-George McPhee, special advisor for the New York Islanders. More on this topic from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com.
NEW YORK (Nov. 2, 2015) – Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, who led all rookies with 5-7—12 in 12 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October.
McDavid edged Arizona Coyotes left wing Max Domi (5-6—11 in 11 GP), Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (2-8—10 in 11 GP), Winnipeg Jets right wing Nikolaj Ehlers (4-4—8 in 11 GP) and St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (4-3—7 in 11 GP) for the honor.
McDavid, the first overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, made his League debut Oct. 8 at STL. He recorded his first goal Oct. 13 at DAL, notched his first multi-goal/point game Oct. 17 at CGY (2-1—3), registered his first game-winning goal Oct. 21 vs. DET and compiled a seven-game point streak from Oct. 17-29 (4-7—11).
The 18-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native spent the past three seasons with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, where he collected 97-188—285 in 166 appearances. That included 44-76—120 (all career highs) in just 47 games last season as well as 21-28—49 in 20 playoff outings, earning him the OHL’s Red Tilson Trophy (Most Outstanding Player) and Wayne Gretzky ‘99’ Award (Playoff MVP).
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The scoreboard will say Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot lost Saturday’s game for his team with 8.7 seconds left when Calgary winger Michael Frolik found a hole the size of loonie under Talbot’s arm with a prayer shot. The dumb-founded Frolik had his first-ever hat-trick.
But, the Oilers also lost it in the first 20 minutes against a team playing their fifth game in seven nights, a team that should have been roadkill but jumped to a 3-1 lead.
They lost late because Talbot made a mistake which had him sitting in the dressing room post-game, his head in his hands in abject dismay. But they also lost it early because nobody rests on their laurels like the Oilers.
They were fat and sassy after their comeback two nights earlier against the Montreal Canadiens when they fell behind 3-zip. But in Saturday’s statement game where they could have separated themselves from their Alberta rivals, they didn’t get it done.
Shame on them. Enough baby steps about learning how to win.
Just win, baby. Kick a team when they down.
Game highlights are below...
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