Saturday, January 26, 2013

Oilers and Flames set to renew Battle of Alberta on Hockey Night in Canada

Hockey fans should have been treated to the first installment of the Battle of Alberta during last weekend's broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada. Unfortunately, the higher ups over at the CBC wanted a game featuring the Vancouver Canucks to be aired coast-to-coast. Leaving us with what were easily two of the dullest games on the NHL's opening night schedule, to kick-off the 2013 season on HNIC.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Game 3: Edmonton 2 Los Angeles 1 (OT)

In a game that featured arguably the worst bit of officiating that any pair of NHL officials may have ever delivered on one given night, at the end of the day, it was all worth it for the Edmonton Oilers and their fans. Nail Yakupov's last second tying goal and ensuing celebration, is something few in Oil Country will ever forget.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Canucks, Oilers nor Luongo have any interest in having him land in Edmonton

What would an NHL season be without trade rumours that make absolutely no sense? While the Roberto Luongo to Edmonton rumours started many months ago, they still somehow remain in the "news", regardless of how imaginary they may seem.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Game 2: San Jose 6 Edmonton 3

Well that surely was not what the Edmonton Oilers had in mind when it came to their 2013 home opener. A six goal first period outburst from the visiting San Jose Sharks proved to be far too much to overcome, as Ralph Krueger's crew were badly outclassed and frankly embarrassed, in falling 6-3 to the Pacific Division leading Sharks.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Krueger passes first test as Oilers new bench boss

It may have been just one game but it was definitely a nice change of pace. Head coach Ralph Krueger wasted little time in showing how he intends on running his bench come crunch time. The days of watching the Edmonton Oilers playing not to lose, thankfully, appear to be a thing of the past.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Game 1: Edmonton 3 Vancouver 2 (SO)

On the heels of being blown out by the Anaheim Ducks in their season opener on Hockey Night in Canada, the Vancouver Canucks continued their less than impressive start to the 2013 NHL season, falling 3-2 to the Edmonton Oiles on Sunday night. Devan Dubnyk out-dueled Roberto Luongo, stopping twenty-eight shots on the night and both Vancouver shooters in the shootout, in leading the Oilers to a win in their season opener.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Oil Notes - Hartikainen to get first crack on top power play unit and 2013 NHL Predictions

With the start of the Edmonton Oilers 2013 schedule only hours away, it looks as though Teemu Hartikainen will be handed the opportunity to prove his worth right off the bat. While the feisty Finn was slotted to see regular duty on the Oilers third line with Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Smyth, it is on the man advantage where he should be most effective.

Nugent-Hopkins appears ready to make the jump and lead the Oilers in scoring

There were many who felt Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was nowhere near ready for prime time heading into the 2011-2012 campaign. After putting together a fifty-two point rookie season and instantly becoming one of the league's top power play performers, the Edmonton Oilers talented centre had more than silenced his critics. Now the question becomes, what can the Nuge do for an encore?