Saturday, January 14, 2012

Game 43: Anaheim 5 Edmonton 0

The Edmonton Oilers came back from lengthy and unsuccessful seven game road trip in hopes of finding their game on home ice. They are now two games into a three game home stand and nothing has changed. After being destroyed 5-0 on home ice by the twenty-ninth placed Anaheim Ducks, the Oilers are a team in complete disarray and there seems to be no end insight, to their current struggles.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Resurgence of Sam Gagner

Sam Gagner is in the midst of his best stretch as an Edmonton Oiler in some time. In his last twenty-two games, the shifty centre has scored five goals while picking up thirteen assists and ultimately turning around what was looking to be a dreadful season for talented youngster. In his defence, the ankle injury he suffered during the pre-season set him back a fair bit and the coaching staff's unwillingness to play him with quality linemates made things even worse.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bobby Ryan to Edmonton Makes Perfect Sense

With the Anaheim Ducks in town Friday night to take on the Edmonton Oilers and rumours swirling around that Ducks GM Bob Murray is looking to shake things up, the obvious question becomes: Does a move involving the two struggling Western Conference sides make sense? While the two franchises have swapped players on numerous occasions in recent years,  they do seem as though they could, once again, become dance partners.

Game 42: New Jersey 2 Edmonton 1 (OT)

The Edmonton Oilers returned home from a lengthy road trip losers of six of their last seven contests. They were hoping the friendly confines of Rexall Place would help the struggling club find a much needed victory. Unfortunately, they couldn't get over that hump and dropped their their fourth consecutive game. Zach Parise scored 1:06 into overtime, in what was a very lack-luster affair, in leading the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory.

Monday, January 09, 2012

What Do They Do Now?

With the Edmonton Oilers 9-3-2 start nothing more than a distant memory and two of the clubs three star forwards now on the sidelines nursing injuries, there is very little to be cheerful about in  good ol' Oil Country. The team has been ravaged once again by injuries and the lack of NHL ready depth within the organization, has helped turned what looked like a promising step forward, into a another season of discontent for Oiler fans everywhere. With the team sitting at the midway point in their schedule, it would appear there is only one question left to be answered...Now what?

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Game 41: Dallas 4 Edmonton 1

As the losses continue to pile up for the Edmonton Oilers, the body count of injured players keeps raising. Edmonton completed their season high seven game road trip on Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars. The defeat left the Oilers with a 1-6 mark on the trip and have a record of 3-12 in their last fifteen contests. Having already lost rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a freak shoulder injury  in Chicago, the last thing this team needed was another one of their key contributors to go down. Unfortunately for Edmonton, that's exactly what happened. when Jordan Eberle was forced to leave the contest with a right knee injury, early in the first period.