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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.
When Toronto Maple Leafs’ centre Dave Bolland slapped one through the legs of Devan Dubnyk to finish of a 3-on-1 OT breakout Saturday, the Hockey Night in Canada cameras panned in on Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish. He looked sick to his stomach.
He wore the look of a man who knows he has a big problem but isn’t sure when or how he can fix it. He needs a goalie, or, at the least his No. 1 goalie to make a save when the team most needs it. Somehow Dubnyk, who never got the love he deserved last year for his .920 save percentage, facing the fifth most shots in the league, can’t stop anything now. He’s given up 19 goals on 111 shots in a little more than 3 1/2 games, including six on 26 shots in Toronto Saturday night in a wildly entertaining, river-hockey game.
Jonathan Bernier, who seemed to have wrested the No. 1 job from James Reimer going into Saturday’s game, frankly wasn’t any better at the other end, giving up five on 31, including some sour ones, in his worst night of the season, but he got the W.
Dubnyk did not. He’s the Oilers goalie, for better or worst, and it’s look like the latter right now. Jason LaBarbera is one of the NHL’s best guys and best quotes but he’s a long-time backup. it’s not like the Oilers have say, Reimer behind Dubnyk, or Buffalo’s Swedish goalie Jhonas Enroth, who’s pushing Ryan Miller for starts in Buffalo, or the tag-team of Viktor Fasth and Jonas Hiller in Anaheim.
Hockey Night in Canada opening tonight before the Leafs/Oilers game.
from Gord Stellick of Sportsnet,
If you were the Edmonton Oilers, wouldn’t you take a flyer on 33-year-old Ilya Bryzgalov?! Seriously, I can’t believe the number of my colleagues in the media who believe the Oilers should stay away at all cost. What can the Oilers possibly have to lose, especially if they can get Bryzgalov at a bargain rate on a one-year deal? Whatever distractions the eccentric Russian might create off the ice are easily outweighed by the substandard goaltending (and I’m being kind here) the Oilers are currently getting on the ice.
I think you do whatever you can to plug a goaltending problem, especially with a young and seemingly talented NHL team emerging. Don’t think it’s worth it? Witness what happened with the Columbus Blue Jackets last year when they traded for Flyers’ castoff Sergei Bobrovsky.
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October 8, 2013 – Saturday night’s NHL on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA broadcast set audience records, as 2.6 million Canadians watched the Prime East broadcast, making it the most viewed Fall Saturday night hockey premiere on record in the East! Across the country, audiences turned to CBC in record numbers as the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) followed by the Edmonton Oilers visiting the Vancouver Canucks at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). Overall, more than 9.8 million Canadians, the equivalent to more than one in four Canadians, watched CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA programming on Saturday night.
“Hockey is clearly more than a game for Canadians, and they’re tuning-in in record numbers to CBC’s coverage of NHL hockey” said Neil McEneaney, interim executive vice-president, CBC English Services. “Year after year, we up our game, and Canadians are responding in kind with enthusiasm and passion that will be carried all the way through to the end of the season and Stanley Cup finals.”
Perron had two goals last night, one in regulation and the winning shootout goal.
Below, you can watch the highlights of the game. The Devils were up 3-0 at the start of the 3rd period, the Oilers scored four unanswered goals, the Devils scored short-handed with less than a minute to play in regulation. Crazy game.
Gene Principe of Sportsnet and Dallas Eakins hit the streets of Edmonton on bikes to talk hockey and the Hockey Central panel discusses the 213-14 Edmonton Oilers.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Five non-playoff teams from last season that will jump into a playoff spot this season:
Edmonton Oilers: OK, so this sounds like a broken record but finally, truly, really, the young Oilers will break through and get in after stockpiling all that talent over the past several years. Dallas Eakins was a brilliant hire as head coach.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Probably least confident in this pick, but I do think the Jackets have a shot at challenging for a playoff spot. For the Jackets to get in, Sergei Bobrovsky has to prove his Vezina year wasn't a fluke, and secondary scoring cannot be an issue.
read on for the other three teams...
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
To goon or not to goon? That was the question.
The answer is Steve Smackintyre.
The Smack is back! After striking out twice here before, Steve MacIntyre — who proved conclusively that he not only can’t play the game, but that he can’t skate well enough to get close enough to most guys to even body check them — is back to flail and fail again....
The Oilers decision to go out and get a hired gun created a fully accredited national controversy on the detour of our game back to the Neanderthal days, if it ever, indeed, really was headed down a different road.
MacIntyre is the poster boy for a goon who can’t play.
In a span of 48 hours it probably illustrated why you may never get this out of the game.
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