Saturday, March 02, 2013

Game 20: St.Louis 4 Edmonton 2

The Edmonton Oilers saw themselves jump out to a two goal first period lead in St.Louis on Friday night against the Blues. Typically, that sort of start almost guarantees a road team to take home points of some sort. However on this night, there was nothing typical about the Oilers performance over the final forty minutes of action.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Game 19: Edmonton 5 Dallas 1

On the strength of a three point night from Ales Hemsky and the return to action of Taylor Hall and Devan Dubnyk, the Edmonton Oilers pulled out a much needed 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Defenceman Justin Schultz continued to add to his impressive rookie campaign with another two point effort, while Dubnyk picked up his first win since February 10th in Columbus.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dubnyk remains the Oilers starter, despite Khabibulin's strong play

Heading into this season, I was no different than the vast majority. I had my doubts about Devan Dubnyk being able to handle the role of being the Edmonton Oilers go-to-guy from Day One. Where I differed from the majority, was believing Nikolai Khabibulin was more than capable of bringing his "A" game to the table, if deployed in a correct manner by head coach Ralph Krueger. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Oilers need to grab a pair and take care of their star players

Watching Chicago Blackhawks pest Dan Carcillo run the the Edmonton Oilers show on Monday night should have been the final straw. Taylor Hall had reached his boiling point last Thursday against the Minnesota Wild and Cal Clutterbuck. At what point is someone outside of their best player, going to stand up to the likes of Carcillo, for taking runs at their best players?

Game 18: Chicago 3 Edmonton 2 (OT)

The Edmonton Oilers kicked off their lengthy nine game road trip against the best team in the NHL on Monday night, earning a very important point in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Marian Hossa scored 1:44 into the extra session, despite a valiant effort from netminder Nikolai Khabibulin, keeping the Hawks near perfect season intact.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Game 17: Edmonton 3 Phoenix 2 (SO)

After leading the Edmonton Oilers in scoring for each of the last two seasons, there were high expectations for Jordan Eberle heading into the 2013 campaign. However, through many of the club's first sixteen games, #14 had looked somewhat lost for the first time in his young NHL career.