Found October 24, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
You know it’s a tough trip when it starts with losing a bunch of games and ends with losing a bunch of players. With the defeats piling up around them and with Jesse Joensuu Taylor Hall and Ryan Smyth flying home early with injuries the Oilers were starting to think the only way their six-game eastern swing could get any worse was if the NHL tacked on a neutral-site game in Afghanistan at the last minute. Bettman does love the sandy non-traditional markets after all. Fortunately for them it ended better than it started. With 120 dogged and desperate minutes in Ottawa and Montreal they managed to duck a pair of bullets that would have turned the trip the month and maybe even the season into a total disaster. “It’s one of those things you’ve got your fingers crossed and you’re hopeful it’s going to bring your team together if you can get some wins” head coach Dallas Eakins said of his pre-trip expectations. “Obviously it didn’t start very good but I’m encouraged that it ended well...

Taylor Hall doesn’t blame Eric Gryba for his knee injury

The prospect of another prolonged stint in the Edmonton Oilers medical room is particularly distasteful for Taylor Hall, but he is not accusing Eric Gryba of any foul play. Hall was knocked out of the Oilers last Saturday with a sprained left knee ligament, the result of a knee-on-knee collision with the Ottawa Senators defenceman. “It wasn’t like he stuck his knee out. He...

Oilers power play has now sputtered along for six games without contributing

The cold spell continues for the Edmonton Oilers power play, which has now gone six games without a goal. It has dropped into 24th spot, down from 19th a week ago. “We have to look at ourselves and see what we can do better,” said David Perron. The Oilers have had 19 opportunities through those six games, including three Thursday against the Washington Capitals. It’s a...

Winning end to Edmonton Oilers trip ‘significant’

The precipice was looming as the Edmonton Oilers stumbled through the early portion of their six-game road trip. They were in desperate need of better goaltending more cohesive play. More of everything. So returning to Edmonton with back-to-back wins was certainly something they could hang their helmets on given it was starting to look like the club was not going to find a team...

Habs’ Eller Calls Oilers a Junior Team

The Edmonton Oilers had the fortunate opportunity to draft first overall for three years in a row, selecting Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Nail Yakupov, respectively. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Oilers are one of the youngest teams in terms of average age in the National Hockey League. Take away veterans such as Andrew Ference, 34, Ryan Smyth, 37, and...

Week 3 NHL Fantasy Round-Up

Taylor Hall will be out four weeks witha knee injury, are you in need of quick left winger replacements? Michael Bournival (0% owned) of the Habs has 3 points and 8 shots on goal in his last week. Other options include Jacket RJ Umberger (2% owned) who’s been all over the net lately, he has 3 points last week as well, plus 13 shots on goal. Someone’s clearly enjoying the...

Oilers little guy Mark Arcobello is a league leader

As the Tuesday night slate of games were completed while the Edmonton Oilers flew home from the six-game road trip which ended in Montreal the NHL's statistical leaders update was posted. Most Assists: 10 – Mark Arcobello. 10 – Sydney Crosby. 10 – Henrik Sedin. 10 – Joe Thornton. Or try it another way. Rookie Scoring Leaders: 10 – Mark Arcobello. 10 – Tomas...

Caps win third straight, down Oilers 4-1

The Washington Capitals have moved back to .500 with a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers last night.  It was their third consecutive win and moved them to 5-5 overall, 4 points behind division leading Pittsburgh. Alexander Ovechkin scored his 1-0th goal of the season, setting yet another franchise record, becoming the fastest play to […]

Oilers' Taylor Hall expected to miss four weeks with knee injury

Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish announced Tuesday morning star forward Taylor Hall is expected to miss four weeks of action due to an injury to his left knee. Hall suffered a n injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee during Saturday's 3-1 Oilers win over the host Ottawa Senators following a knee-on-knee collision with Eric Gryba of the Ottawa Senators...

Are the Edmonton Oilers finished?

Sure, it's very early in the season, but . . . Top forward Taylor Hall will miss the next month with a broken jaw. No. 2 center Sam Gagner is still sidelined by his broken jaw. Veteran power forward Ryan Smyth is sidelined for a week with a groin muscle strain. Young gun Nail Yakupov finally scored his first point of the season after playing his way out of coach Dallas Eakins...

Taylor Hall to miss four weeks with knee injury

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall will miss four weeks with a left knee injury. Hall was injured in the second period of the Oilers’ game Oct. 19 at the Ottawa Senators when he took a knee-on-knee hit by the Senators’ Eric Gryba. “It’s never good to lose one of your top players, a 

Oilers Continue Searching For Consistency

from Katie Strang of ESPN, Boasting a lineup with some of the most talented youngsters in the league -- Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz -- the Oilers seem like a team that should be on the precipice. After all, how many clubs these days have three straight years with the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft? Isn't it finally time for that...
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