It’s been two back to back overtime victories, but with those victories the Barons have now taken a 2-1 series lead over the San Antonio Rampage. After dropping the first game 6-4 the Barons regrouped and settled into the knowledge that this would be a hard fought best of 7 series.
There may not have been any dancing by Rampage goaltender Jacob Markstom yet, but maybe he’s just waiting for his song.
When Sheldon Souray did it, it created a National stir but when Linus Omark publically requested a trade people wished him luck and gave it little thought. You see, Linus Omark seems to be at odds with the Oilers organization in this his contract year. Despite being very talented and gifted offensively he just hasn’t cracked the Oilers’ lineup on a full time basis. During some opportunities he has seemed a defencive liability, but it has been even more difficult to make an opinion of his play when he has been sitting in the pressbox night in and night out.
And so this tweet on Wednesday confirmed our suspicions that Omark is done with the Oilers:
@realoilfan I live to show that the “two” are wrong. But I really hope edm let me have a chance in another nhl team
Oilers lose 3-2 to Avalanche in SO
Oh to be an NHL on ice official. You’re never right by everyone’s eye. You have to make split second decisions in the game setting that directly affect the outcome of the game, and you cannot let personal feelings about a player influence your calls or it will mean you job. How easy it is a fan, a broadcaster, or a player to say that it was the right or wrong call from their bird’s eye view, but the fact of the matter is that officials are still only human and can only do their best. Saturday afternoon in Denver, Ales Hemsky’s waived off goal will be what will be most remembered by those who watched the game, and most appreciated by the Avalanche, a team still fighting to make the playoffs.
The news broke last night that Taylor Hall did not participate in the team’s Sunday practice, ailing from an shoulder injury suffered Friday night against the Dallas Stars. Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal quoted head coach Tom Renney who stated: “This was a maintenance day here for Taylor. Obviously, he’s had some issues with his shoulder and T.D. (Forss, the trainer) thought it best that he stay off the ice to let it settle down. We hope he can play.”
Oklahoma City Barons shutout Abbotsford Heat 4-0
The months of anticipation led to a fairly lacklustre game Thursday night between the Abbotsford Heat and the Oklahoma City Barons. Of course if you were an Oilers or Barons fan, you left the Saddledome with an ear to ear grin. After all, the Oilers have so seldom won in this building, that even an AHL level victory is momentous.
The AHL Western Conference leading Oklahoma City Barons are coming back to Calgary to play the AHL battle of Alberta because the Abbotsford Heat, the AHL farm team of the Calgary Flames will play a home game in the Saddledome this Thursday night. While once again both corresponding NHL teams are on the outside looking in for the NHL playoff race, their AHL teams currently playoff bound. And so, for fans of both the Flames and the Oilers, the Heat and Barons may be as close to playoffs as they will get for the second year in a row.
Linus Omark is a very interesting player. When he first came to the Oilers he wasn’t nearly as young as the other NHL rookies he was playing with; Omark was a 23 year old man. Omark was also well known in Sweden for his shootouts and general play. When Omark came to the Oilers, he was an unknown and although many fans adore the feisty winger who is hard to shake when he has the puck, his defensive play has been called into question. Omark was sat in the pressbox for more games than he played with the Oilers this season before finally/eventually being sent down to the AHL.
This morning I found an interesting article on Omark. Since it was written in Omark’s native tongue Swedish, I started turning to my friends who speak both English and Swedish and lucked out that Yngve Elverhøi of Norway was able to lend me his talents. What follows is an article that doesn’t bode well for Oiler Omark fans.
As per Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal’s tweets this evening, it seems as though left winger Linus Omark may once again be disgruntled. Omark made some memorable comments to the media after being sent to the Oklahoma City Barons and blamed politics before the season began last season.
When the team chose to send Omark to Oklahoma this season after sitting the feisty shootout sensation in the pressbox, it was done quietly and no announcement was made until Omark had joined the Barons who were currently on their road trip.
With Andy Sutton’s suspension continuing through the first four games of the Edmonton Oilers’ upcoming roadtrip, and Cam Barker out day to day with a sore shoulder, the Oilers needed some help on the blue line. For Sunday’s game, the team called up Alex Plante. This move surprised many who thought and hoped that Colten Teubert would receive the call to play his first NHL game. Due to some passport issues, Teubert was not able to make the trip. Now that things are settled, Teubert looks to make his NHL debut against his former club.
Oilers beat Penguins 2-1 in shootout
This game was more than just a home opener in Oil Country. This was the season opener, the first game as Oilers for the newly acquired Oilers, the first NHL game for Anton Lander and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and of course the return of Ryan Smyth.
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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