The Edmonton Oilers and the city of Edmonton were proud to welcome home Ryan Smyth with open arms this summer, but it was also the media that looked forward to interviews and post games with the man who literally bleeds for his team and goes back for more.
On CBC after hours this Saturday, Smyth spoke with Scott Oakes and Kevin Weekes on a variety of topics in front of several adoring fans.
Oilers beat Rangers 2-0
After a stern scolding, some confidence building, a long road trip by the Rangers, or any combination of factors, the Oilers played the game fans have been waiting for. Through 60 minutes of play, the Oilers played a strong defencive game, but also scored enough goals to take the win. With outstanding goaltending by Nikolai Khabibulin and successful efforts by the special teams another glimpse of what is to come from the Oilers was the best thing that could have happened to Oilers fans this week.
The Edmonton Oilers have had various struggles this week; many games after playing so few, players come and going through the lineup due to injuries and the dreaded fall flu. Taylor Hall was questionable for Monday night’s game and did miss Tuesday night’s battle of Alberta. Coach Tom Renney has said that there are a few players that are also battling the flu or at least flu like symptoms as well.
Unfortunately, the flu cannot account for the trend that the Oilers have set this week, leading games only to lose in the end.
Oilers fall 2-1 to Wild in Shootout
The Edmonton Oilers, for the second time this week have found themselves giving up a one goal lead. The worst part is that they have held that one goal lead through nearly the entire game. On Tuesday the Oilers fell 2-1 to the Flames but not until there were less than five minutes left in that game. Thursday night in Edmonton was much worse. With less than a second left, the Minnesota Wild scored to tie the game 1-1.
The Edmonton Oilers have made a couple of moves this week; sending defenceman Jeff Petry to the Oklahoma Barons of the AHL and have recalled right winger Ryan Keller.
Petry is being sent to Oklahoma City to play more minutes, especially since the Barons are missing injured defenceman Taylor Fedun. Fedun broke his femur during a pre-season game in St. Paul Minnesota against the Wild.
Oilers lose 2-1 to Flames
The Calgary Saddledome was loud tonight, but the crowd wasn’t saying what you might be expecting. Walking up to the Dome before the game, it seemed as though there were an equal number of Oilers and Flames jerseys, and excitement was in the air. Once in the Dome, before the game had even started, the concourse echoed with “Let’s go Oilers” chants. These chants were not displaced until the third period.
There are several songs about hockey out there, but there is always room for one more. And that is where the Edmonton Journal is stepping in. Three Edmonton bands have each recorded what could be a “new puck anthem” and are looking for votes to determine a winner.
Oilers beat Predators 3-1 in regulation
In the past, the Edmonton Oilers had trouble beating the Nashville Predators. Last year, the curse was broken; the team found wins, and it was even Linus Omark who scored a game winning goal. This is a whole new year, with all new issues. Several Oilers were looking for their first goals because Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had 4 of the Oilers 5 goals through the first 3 games, and the other goal belonged to Ryan Smyth. This game would be only slightly different, but Oilers fans couldn’t be happier.
It’s a beautiful fall Sunday in Alberta. The sky is blue, the leaves have turned and gently float on the breeze and crunch under your feet. Oh, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored all of the Oilers goals last night. Overall it seems like a great day to be an Oilers fan.
It was very apparent through the entire Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers game on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday, that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has impressed more than just Oilers fans. Every time the panel would discuss the young centreman, it seemed as though each member was gushing over Nugent-Hopkins’ talent and what he has shown to this point.
Following the game, Nugent-Hopkins was the guest on After Hours with Scott Oakes and Darryl Reaugh. If you can hear through the crowd outside of the media booth, you can hear the calm responses of Nugent-Hopkins to a variety of twitter and general interest questions. There was even a special video question posed by Ryan from Boston who is apparently a big fan. It’s wonderful to see continued team bonding and the sense of humour that players like Whitney bring to the team.
About Oil Patch
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.
Oil Patch focuses on the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings, The Oklahoma City Barons and Team Canada Hockey with game coverage, news updates, speculation and interviews.
Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.
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