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.
It has been over a year since Ryan Whitney’s ankle surgery, but the Oilers defenceman is still not completely recovered. Whitney suffered a broken ankle in a game on December 28th, 2010. After a successful surgery to repair the ankle, and a very long offseason Whitney returned to the Oilers lineup but he hasn’t looked like himself. Yesterday, Whitney spoke to the Edmonton media about his ankle and the pain that he still feels. The current diagnosis is tendinitis and the prescription is time.
Oilers lose 5 - 3 to Canucks
While I was enjoying the 2012 IIHF World Juniors tournament in Calgary, the Edmonton Oilers were struggling with their first game of their World Juniors road trip. The first stop was Vancouver, another difficult divisional rival game that on paper the Oilers had lost before the game even began.
According to a tweet by 630 Ched’s Dan Tencer, Ryan Whitney will not receive a suspension or fine for his hit Wednesday night on Minnesota Wild right winger Cal Clutterbuck.
Clutterbuck did play following the collision, but not the entire game. Today, the Wild have released that Clutterbuck is suffering a charley horse injury.
Oilers beat Wild 4-2
This win was a very long time coming. The Oilers had not won their past 17 outings to St. Paul Minnesota; the last win was Jan 16th, 2007. Of course the Oilers have a similar losing streak in Dallas, and it is still fairly recently that the Oilers have broke a Nashville losing streak, but still this was truly a momentous day in the life of many an Oiler fan. Of course Tom Renney would be so calm following this game, saying “It’s just another win.”
“Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I am thankful for family and so much more including being back in the lineup tomorrow and pretzel M&M’s.” That was a tweet that Oiler fans and media alike were happy to read yesterday afternoon from Ryan Whitey.
Whitney was out of the game since December 28th, 2010 due to an ankle injury and then didn’t play another game until October 18th this season. Unfortunately for Whitney, he suffered a knee injury his fourth game in on October 25th. A month later, Whitney is said to return to the Oilers lineup.
Oilers lose 5-2 to Senators
So how about that Nail kid? He sounds like he could be great, and “fail for nail” has a certain je ne sais quoi to it.
The Edmonton Oilers drop their fourth in a row, and lose even more defencemen while trade speculation for every healthy player reaches all new highs. It seems that things have returned to the “normal” of the past two seasons.
In the least surprising news you will hear all day, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will stay with the Oilers for the remainder of the 2011-12 hockey season. None of his teammates were surprised as Ryan Whitney tweeted “The Nuge is staying in NHL huh? What a shocker. In other news, sky is blue, grass is green and it’s going to be cold in Edmonton in January.” Head coach Tom Renney made the announcement to the team, and was met with some happiness. Renney said “I probably would have given him a standing ovation because he is my meal ticket.”
The Oilers have also called up defenceman Jeff Petry from the Oklahoma City Barons. Coincidently, Petry has been called up due to the approximately 3 weeks Whitney will miss due to his knee injury.
The Oilers are doing much better than just hanging on without Whitney and Ales Hemsky, but players will start to get tired, and injuries will mount. The Oilers have one more home game this month, then play a grand total of 4 games at home in November. That is when the true test will come.
Oilers hand Capitals their first loss of the season 2-1
Exactly what has happened to the Edmonton Oilers, I can’t say. This team was not supposed to have a good year; playoffs, forget about it. For a while it looked like this team would struggle with goaltending, defence and then even offence. Then, something changed. The Oilers lost games by a single goal, some in the shootout, and then they won a couple. But this? The Oilers have now won their third game in a row and most inexplicably, were the team to hand the red hot Washington Capitals their first loss of the season.
Oilers beat Canucks 3-2
The Edmonton Oilers are an interesting team this year. They can play seemingly boring hockey for a week straight, then have two games in a row that bring fans to their feet, even while sitting at home. Facing division rivals the Vancouver Canucks this game looked scary to most fans who hoped that it would at least be a manageable pain. It seems that it is these games in particular that bring surprises, and where the Oilers shine. Leading the game 3-0 until the midway point of the game, the Oilers are showing longer glimmers of what is to come.
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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