Found October 07, 2013 on
Pro Sports Daily:
It’s only two games into the 82-game season and already the headline can be dusted off for yet another use.
‘What’s Wrong With The Oilers?’
When the Edmonton lost 6-2 in Vancouver Saturday night after gassing their home opener to the Winnipeg Jets there was little patience with the NHL team which has been projected to the playoffs. Particularly after the embarrassing events involving the fractured former flagship football franchise earlier in the day.
The scenario inspired your correspondent to ask Dallas Eakins what it’s like to be a new head coach in the NHL still looking for his first win and to have to come back to a snakepit like this?
“It’s awesome” said Eakins.
“I don’t know how guys do it. I honestly don’t. I had a cup of coffee with a couple of organizations when I was a player where hockey wasn’t a big deal. You lose nobody cares. You win nobody cares. That’s the greatest thing about playing in a hockey market. They care!
“And you know what? The city and the fans sh
BEST OF MAXIM
The reason Ryan Smyth watched Monday’s game from the press box is because Dallas Eakins didn’t think it wise to bring up five players from the AHL to replace all the guys he wanted to shelve.
The Oilers head coach said there were “four or five” forwards who could have been yanked from the lineup and still might be if their habits don’t change.
“I could have had my pick...
The Taylor Hall at centre experiment is over.
At least for now.
With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returning to the lineup Monday against the New Jersey Devils and Hall struggling in the middle head coach Dallas Eakins decided to make the change.
“It’s not a huge deal it’s not as though I was made to be a centre or I was drafted as a centre or anything like that I’m fine with it”...
He’s back. The Nuge makes his long awaited, much anticipated, healthy return to the Edmonton Oilers’ lineup Monday night against the New Jersey Devils. No one, not one person could be more relieved than Taylor Hall, not even Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Hall has had a good run playing first line centre, but it’s not a role the young winger relishes, nor is it something that Hall could...
The Edmonton Oilers certainly didn't take the easy route to their first win of the season.
Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored in the shootout for the Oilers, who erased a three-goal deficit in the third period against goalie Martin Brodeur and beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 on Monday night.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Andrew Ference, Perron, and Taylor Hall all scored their first...
Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored in the shootout for the Edmonton Oilers, who erased a three-goal deficit in the third period against goalie Martin Brodeur and beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 on Monday night.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Andrew Ference, Perron, and Taylor Hall all scored their first of the season in a 7:47 span to make it 4-3. But despite getting a power play with 2...
Here we go!
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been cleared for battle and he will return to the Edmonton Oilers lineup on Monday night versus New Jersey.
Nugent Hopkins is a fast healer. He is 100% recovered from an off season shoulder surgery that was originally supposed to keep him sidelined until mid-November.
RNH's early return to the lineup will allow Taylor Hall to move...
If problems were people, the Edmonton Oilers would be China. Two losses into the season the puck possession statistics are horrendous, the powerplay has given up as many goals as itâs scored, the Taylor Hall at center experiment was a horrible failure, and Devan Dubnyk couldnât stop a greased pig from running into a dishwasher. Who takes the brunt of it? Who suffers for...
Move over Movember.
Edmonton Oilers’ winger Mike Brown has sported a fashionable mustache in many forms during his career, and his 2013 handlebar lip sweater is finally getting the recognition it deserves — Brown has been nominated for the 2013 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year Award.
The prestigious award is organized by the American Mustache Institute,...
The game puck for Dallas Eakins’ first NHL coaching victory is still on hold.
The Vancouver Canucks toyed with the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 on Saturday driving goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the net after 31 shots in 34 minutes and picking on No. 1 centre Taylor Hall who was minus-four as Edmonton started the season 0-2.
Eakins considered starting backup Jason LaBarbera after Dubnyk...
Mike Brown may play in Canada but he's all-American. He's also rocking one of if not the finest mustache in the league this season. Brown is now getting some due credit for being both American and mustached (though I prefer mustachioed myself).
The American Mustache Institute which apparently is a thing that is real has nominated Brown for its Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached...
The thought that the Edmonton Oilers still have work to do in their rebuilding process hasn't gone away through two games this season.
Getting one of their best young players back on the ice earlier than expected might help them start to shake that label.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins makes his season debut Monday night against the visiting New Jersey Devils as the Oilers take a third...
The script is seven years old.
Fans in Edmonton have seen it a hundred times before.
The Oilers start slow. Lethargic second period. Mediocre goaltending. Come to life in the third period. Make a game of it. Make a late costly mistake. Lose.
You can set your NHL entry draft by the tragic and well-worn storyline.
And Monday at night against the New Jersey Devils they followed...
New Jersey rolled into Edmonton and for the first 40 minutes of the game, looked the best I’ve seen them look in a long time and I am including games from the end of last season in that statement. The, for some reason, the Devils decided not to show up for the 3rd period and in an 8 minute time period, they watched (they literally stood around watching it happen) a 3-0 lead turn...
"Pretty cool. I only got to do it when I was a kid creating my own player in NHL '97." #oilers David Perron on scoring on Martin Brodeur.
— Joanne Ireland (@jirelandEJ) October 8, 2013
Perron had two goals last night, one in regulation and the winning shootout goal.
Below, you can watch the highlights of the game. The Devils were up 3-0 at the start of the...
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Match-up - New Jersey Devils (0-1-1) @ Edmonton Oilers (0-2-0)
Road/Home records - 0-1-0 -------------- 0-1-0
TV - MSG Plus, SNET-West
Puck drop - 9:30 PM ET
Season series - 0-0
Last 10: Devils 0-1-1 / Oilers 0-2-0
Projected starting goalies - Martin Brodeur (NJD) vs. Jason LaBarbera (EDM)
Goals for/against per game