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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
You know why nobody’s penned a country music song about the Edmonton Oilers yet?
Because all of the tear drops make the paper too soggy to write on.
Instead of the dog dyin’, it’s Edmonton’s mangy-looking playoff hopes that are always being put out of their misery. Year after year after year after year after year after year after year.
Is that seven? It’s about to be.
After a lifeless 3-2 defeat in Nashville Monday night, the St. Louis Blues could be taking Edmonton’s season out behind the barn as early as Tuesday.
from Bruce McCurdy of the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
Here we go again. Every season National Hockey League referees start out calling everything in sight, and every season the crackdown peters out as the games gain importance. The 2013-13 season is no different.
This is bad news for clubs like the Edmonton Oilers who seemingly rely on special teams as a difference-maker. The Oilers have outscored their opposition by a 29-20 count on special teams this season (25 powerplay goals to 19, and 4 shorthanded goals to 1), but have been taking a beating at even strength to the tune of 36 for, 56 against in 5-on-5 or 4-on-4 play.
Last year we noted a strong decline in powerplay opportunities for the Oilers as the season progressed. It’s been more of the same in 2013-13. With 28 games on the books now, let’s split Edmonton’s season into quarters and look at their powerplay opportunities per game in each segment.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers some email...
Q: If the Edmonton Oilers were to give up one of their young players, would it be realistic to think they could acquire Corey Perry from the Anaheim Ducks? He’s won a Stanley Cup, he’s a 50-goal scorer, he’s a tough, hard-nosed player. He would seem to be the player the Oilers need.
A: The only way the Oilers would move on Perry would be in a sign-and-trade deal. The Ducks would have to work out the framework of a deal for him for eight years, $9 million per season, for example, then would have to clear it with Perry as to whether he would play in Edmonton since he has a no-trade clause.
The Oilers would have to unequivocally know Perry wanted to play for them. Then, the Oilers could talk to Ducks GM Bob Murray about how much it would cost them.
Yes, it would cost them one of their top four young talents — Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Nail Yakupov. I don’t see them trading Nugent-Hopkins under any circumstances because he’s their first-line centre and centres are harder to find than wingers. I would suspect Anaheim would want two young players for Perry because he’s only 27, but I don’t see them trading two of Hall, Eberle and Yakupov for Perry.
It’s an intriguing argument, especially since they could have had Perry 10 years ago in the Mike Comrie trade that fell apart. It’s my feeling Perry would rather play back east if it’s not California. He’s from Peterborough, Ont. Frankly, the Philadelphia Flyers makes more sense as a landing spot for Perry.
more Q and A, all Edmonton related.
“I made a mistake. I went to change, I should have backchecked, but didn’t see the second guy was coming there.”
“Even if it was a 1-on-1, I should go back, it doesn’t matter if I was tired. I should have gone back and pressured him from behind.”
-Sergei Kostitsyn of the Nashville Predators, via Josh Cooper of The Tennessean.
By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,
In the crowded Northwest division, only five points separate the Edmonton Oilers (who are currently in fourth place) and the Minnesota Wild, who, while in first, sit there less than comfortably. One slot higher than the Oilers are the Avalanche, who, like the team from Edmonton, sit near .500 and feel the push to right the ship and succeed now rather than later, which the shortened season doesn’t afford them the opportunity to do.
David Legwand scores from center ice.
from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,
Pronger's physical prowess allowed him to play seemingly half the game. He was a mainstay on both the power play and penalty kill units, and often double shifted at regular strength. Not only was he a game breaking defenseman but he was arguably the top shutdown defenseman of his era. He always played against the top forwards every night. None of his near 28 minutes a night were easy.
The most amazing thing about Chris Pronger, in my estimation, was his ability to control the pace of the game. Late in his career he was criticized for being too slow or too old. It did not really matter, as he could read the ice and the flow of the game as well as anyone in the modern era. He seemingly slowed everything down and then when he lulled everyone to his desired level he'd shoot a bolt of lightning into the game, often in the form of a dagger-like pass for a quick break. Old timers tell me the only player that they saw control the pace of the game so well was the great Doug Harvey.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
We've spent a fair bit of time of late extolling the virtues of this season's play by the Montreal Canadiens, and for good reason.
Not only are the Habs in first, but they've become the most entertaining team in Canada to watch, including two rollicking games against Pittsburgh and Boston on the weekend that earned the Canadiens three of a possible four points.
That nobody saw this coming out of Montreal just makes it that much more interesting.
At the other end of the spectrum, it comes as an enormous disappointment that the Edmonton Oilers have proven to be neither more successful this season nor the entertaining, offensive-minded team we'd hoped would finally emerge.
Benn received 5 for crosschecking and a 10 minute misconduct, Jones received 2 for goalie interference.
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