Oilers lose 4-3 to Leafs in OT
The Oilers came to play Wednesday night and while players like Ryan Jones, Ales Hemsky and Magnus Paajarvi would get oh so close, but not find the back of the net, goals by Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle would make the game. As it looked all but certain that the Oilers would drop another decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jordan Eberle charged into the offensive zone and blasted a shot past James Reimer. Jordan Eberle is a pressure player at its best.
Oilers beat Senators 4-3 in Overtime
Finally. That has to be what was on Magnus Pääjärvi’s mind as he looked to the sky, his shoulders finally relaxed. It took 35 NHL games, but Paajarvi has scored his first NHL goal of the season and hopefully now, more will follow. You never know what will spark offensive offence or strings of goals, just ask Edmonton Oiler Sam Gagner.
Oilers beat Avalanche 4-1
After their worst game this season, the Oilers went back to basics and focused on the simple things on their off day. The results, a much anticipated victory against a division rival. Certain players stepped up, while others have remained invisible, but overall this game was a vast improvement over the last.
This was a rare start for Devan Dubnyk. Of course this is not due to poor play overall by Dubnyk, but rather that Nikolai Khabibulin is playing better hockey than he ever has as an Oiler. Unfortunately, Dubnyk is drawing the worst games even though on paper they may have been the easiest. The Carolina Hurricanes are last in the east and had just played in Calgary the night before. That sounds like an Oilers win.
Following the Taylor Hall injury update, news that Ben Eager has some injury woes and Anton Lander took a maintenance day, the Edmonton Oilers have recalled centreman Ryan O’Marra from the Oklahoma City Barons. First round pick O’Marra was acquired by the Oilers as part of the package in the trade of Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders on NHL trade deadline day 2007. During his time with the Oilers, O’Marra has played 24 NHL games, 24 ECHL games and 240 AHL games.
“I don’t think they realize yet what it takes to win on a nightly basis… It starts in your own head. The minute that you man up and buy in and understand how much it hurts to be a winner, we have a shot. Right now, not good enough.” That’s head coach Tom Renney on Sunday night after his team’s third loss in a row, this one against the Chicago Blackhawks.
“I’m not sure how much more I can do with limited minutes. I’m not sure why he (Renney) made the change against Detroit.” And that’s Oilers’ left winger Ben Eager, the man who was brought in to add toughness to a young Oiler lineup and yet has nine hits in thirteen games and no goals and only a single assist but he does have one fight.
Oilers lose 6-3 to the Bruins
The excitement for this game seemed to surround the Taylor-Tyler comparison, and the fact that Tyler Seguin made himself unavailable to the media today only fuelled the fire. Unfortunately, not many Oilers fans could imagine a win coming out of this game. The last time the Oilers won in Boston was 15 years and 3 days ago. Yup, November 7th, 1996 was the last time the Oilers walked away from Boston Gardens with a win.
Coach Tom Renney gets asked a million questions every day, but Monday’s questions seemed to be concerning many more topics than usual. Renney was asked about the condition of his players, his choices for cuts, his starting lineup, about the players who weren’t cut, the team trip to Jasper and everything else the people of Oil Country would like to know. The Edmonton Oilers have a portion of Renney’s interview available on their website and Jason Gregor of the Team 1260, has a much longer portion available in the 3rd hour of the October 3rd show.
Ben Eager was expected to play tonight in Edmonton against the Minnesota Wild, but plans have changed. According to 630 ched’s Dan Tencer, Eager is out with injury. “Ben Eager was originally supposed to play against Minnesota tonight. He’s been removed due to injury. Renney wouldn’t elaborate past that,” tweets Tencer.
The Oilers have not mentioned anything further concerning Eager’s injury, but Eager was hit into the boards at Sunday’s Joey Moss cup it what was really the game’s only hit by Russian defenceman Kirill Tulupov. Tulupov was not signed by his 2006 draft team, the New Jersey Devils, and is hoping to crack the Oilers’ roster. It is not a certainty that Eager sustained his injury from this hit, but it is of course the first thing that comes to mind.
Eager signed a 3 year, $3.3 million contact with the Edmonton Oilers on July 1st this summer, and was brought in to help add size, experience and strenth to the Oilers’ lineup. Hopefully this is a minor discomfort and Eager will be back in the lineup before the regular season starts.
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Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.
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Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.
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