Oilers lose 5-3 to Canadiens
Edmonton, like so many other hockey cities gets giddy whenever they are visited by an original six team, but none so much more than the Habs. The reason being that it’s usually a guaranteed win. The Montreal Canadiens had not won a game in Rexall Place since 1999-2000 season the Oilers have gone 9 and 2 against the Habs during that time span. Make that 9 and 3.
Oilers beat Jets 5-3
This was the Edmonton Oilers’ first trip to Winnipeg in 16 years, but it’s funny how some things remain the same. While the Jets put up a good fight, the Oilers saw scoring from all positions and made this look like an easy two points.
There was also an unexpected Finn who earned what looked to be an easy two points; Lennart Petrell. Petrell has never had a muti-point game in the NHL but in Winnipeg where they once loved another Finnish player, Lenny would blossom.
Oilers lose 3-1 to Coyotes
This was the fourth of five afternoon games for the Edmonton Oilers this season. If the Oilers had their way however, I don’t know that they would agree to so many on the schedule; the team has only had a single afternoon victory. And even that was a close overtime win over the Ottawa Senators.
The Phoenix Coyotes came into Edmonton following a 4-3 victory over the struggling Calgary Flames and riding a four game winning streak. The odds were against the Oilers before the game even began.
The Edmonton Oilers have activated Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from the injured reserve list and assigned Anton Lander to the Oklahoma City Barons today. Nugent-Hopkins has been practising and taking contact with the team this week an has been anxious to return to the running for the Calder Trophy.
So much for a precautionary measure. The Oilers pulled rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the third period of their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night when Nugent-Hopkins appeared to have re-injured his left shoulder. Following the game, Ralph Krueger adressed the media with the limited information he had stating “It looks light even now, but we’ll assess it tomorrow and it was precautionary to not put him back in.”
Unfortunately the news today on Nugent-Hopkin’s condition is that he has suffered a sprained shoulder and will miss 7-10 days. Nugent-Hopkins looked to be a lock for the Calder Trophy before both shoulder injuries, now it could come down to a photo finish at the end of the season with the rest of the rookies, especially Devils’ forward Adam Henrique.
Nugent-Hopkins is now that only Oiler, besides coach Tom Renney, out with an injury and fortunately Sam Gagner’s inspired recent scoring has come at the right time; now.
Oilers beat Red Wings 5-4 in a shootout
It was a classic third period collapse that nearly led to the Oilers demise on a Hockey Night in Canada game against the league leading Detroit Red Wings. What started as another “Gagner is God game” soon became further evidence that the Oilers need to find scoring depth. Not even the return of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to the line-up seemed to be enough to spur the Oilers onto their third consecutive win. But, a buzzer beater of a third period goal by the other clutch player, Jordan Eberle once again turned the game around.
Nothing happens as quickly as we would like it to. The week is too long, and the weekend too far away. A vacation is never long enough and again always seems much too far away. And so for the Edmonton Oilers, once again being a contender seems much too far away.
The rebuild has or hasn’t been rolling along according to plan, depending on who you speak to. The wins haven’t exactly been piling on top of one another and it’s not as though the revolving door to the infirmary has been immobilized. But, there have been some positives, something more that can be discussed beyond whether or not Tom Renney and Steve Tambellini should be replaced this off-season.
Oilers lose 4-1 to Stars
Things are going from bad to worse for the Edmonton Oilers. What started out as an amazing season, the Oilers at one point led the western conference has now turned to what appears to be another basement finish
The Oilers are still without top defenceman Ryan Whitney, lost Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Tom Gilbert on Monday and after a game with the Dallas Stars may be without Jordan Eberle for an uncertain amount of time. Eberle suffered a knee injury early in the game and did not return. There has been no official word on the extent of the injury, but this cannot be a good thing for the already ailing team.
The Edmonton Oilers once again have some serious injury concerns. Potential rookie of the year Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fell awkwardly into the board during Monday night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks and left the game. Nugent-Hopkins will not play tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. Also injured in Monday night’s game was defenceman Tom Gilbert. For Gilbert it was a knee injury.
Through the years, there have been a number of young players who have been whispered to be game changers, to possibly be “the next great one” and that are where comparisons end.
When it comes to the Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, everyone can see the upside, the talent the skill and there are even some who have been making some secretive and hushed comparisons. My question is why do they have to be hushed?
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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