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 shutout Flyers 2-0
It was a rare visit by the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday night in Edmonton, so rare in fact that the last time the Flyers won in Rexall Place was March 19, 2001. It’s not as though the Flyers play in Edmonton every year, although that would be a good change, but rather the teams only face each other in Edmonton every two to three years. Still, this victory is sweet for the Oilers; they need all of the wins they can get if only for their own sense of pride.
Oilers beat the Flames 6-1
It has been a very long time coming. It was October 17th, 2008 the last time the Oilers left the Calgary Saddledome with a win in their pocket. Since that game, the Oilers have been 0-9-1 in Calgary.
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.
Taylor Hall has been upstaged by teammates throughout his short NHL career. In his first NHL game, Jordan Eberle scored “some goal” and stole the spotlight. And most recently when Hall had his first 4 point game, Sam Gagner went ahead and had 8. It doesn’t seem to bother Hall that much however, Hall cares more about wins than anything else. Taking a skate to the face during warmup, Hall wanted to get stitched up and return to the game. His helmet wouldn’t fit due to swelling, and he couldn’t see very well out of his left eye, but Hall wanted to play and help his team win.
Hall’s competitive and fearless game will put him in dangerous situations, but it will also change and keep games exciting. Because the Oilers game Saturday night against the Red Wings went to a shootout, the After Hours segment was kept short, but there was still opportunity enough to discuss Hall’s scary moment and the state of the team.
Oilers win 2-1 over the Sharks in OT
On paper, this was surely another Oilers loss; they had lost eight of their past nine. But of course those are the games that the Oilers seem to do better with. There is a strong chance that this win may also have had to do with the tongue lashing the team received from head coach Tom Renney on Sunday following the performance Saturday night against the Calgary Flames.
The players knew they had to do better, and Ryan Smyth himself expressed his displeasure with the way his team handled the game. You have to think that a veteran like Smyth would have had words for his team as well as the media.
Oilers lose 6-2 to Flames
If there were any doubts that this Edmonton Oilers team will not finish well in the basement of the league once again this year, they may have been removed with one single period. The Oilers came out flat and allowed three goals through the first 20 minutes. The best scoring chance and actual goal came from injured Taylor Hall who scored just as the buzzer rang. You have to feel for those young competitive, first overall draft picks, they’re just not used to this and they hope they never have to get used to such a long string of losses.
The Edmonton Oilers have posted a video of Taylor Hall addressing his injury and his anxiousness to return to the ice:
Looking at his face, it’s unlikely Hall will be able to wear a helmet, let alone see well enough to play until after the All Star Break.
Oilers lose 4-2 to Blue Jackets
Only one team could lose the mid-January edition of the Toilet Bowl, and Tuesday night that team was the Oilers. Before the game even began, the Oilers were down a skater because Taylor Hall suffered a cut on his face during warm-up. Hall would receive care at the arena, but would not play the game. Early reports are that it took 30 stitches to seal the wound, but that Hall is in good spirits.
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.
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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