Found November 14, 2011 on Lowetide:
I will admit to a hockey fan's lifetime of playing favorites when it comes to choosing players to cheer for over the years. As a kid, I was a Bruins fan, so that meant the extra guys (Wayne Carleton, Ace Bailey, Gary Doak, Bill Speer) were guys I knew all about because lost causes, also rans and distant bells had their careers in the balance every shift. Since I can remember, I'd cheer for the underdog on my favorite team. As an Oiler fan, Chris Hajt, Michel Riesen, Marc Pouliot and many others became guys I'd cheer for to the point of ******* stubborn. Tony Hand, cheered like hell for that guy. I've chosen my "underdog" for the season.I have no idea how Sam Gagner got there (ineffective bottom 6 forward) but there he is, and the young man isn't posting a lot of crooked numbers. What's more, he looks slower, smaller and less effective than the new hires. A gentleman who does business with me said the other day "Gagner on RW is a slow Eberle w...

Is "Klefbom" Swedish For "Ryan Whitney"?

Swedish Oil is a must stop everyday, he brings information on all levels. One of his strengths is Oiler kids in Europe and he's got the goods again. Quoting his article and a Finnish reporter (Sami Hoffrén) Klefbom was playing for Sweden against the Russians:Klefbom was hit to the head by a Russian forward and he had to leave the game. Didn’t play in the tournament after...

Eager Wants More Minutes, Renney Wants More Wins

“I don’t think they realize yet what it takes to win on a nightly basis… It starts in your own head. The minute that you man up and buy in and understand how much it hurts to be a winner, we have a shot. Right now, not good enough.” That’s head coach Tom Renney on Sunday night after his team’s third loss in a row, this one against the Chicago Blackhawks. “I’m not...

Motin Bolts

Swedish Oil is breaking news daily. The latest scoop has Johan Motin heading to the SEL. There's a great quote, I would post it here but the entire post is worth quoting so it's a must-read. We talked about this in August and more recently here and the fact that Motin was falling well down the depth chart and likely to be in Stockton. Motin was drafted 103rd overall and...

The Edmonton Oilers mimicking Penguins

                The Edmonton Oilers may not make the playoffs this year, but there is plenty of evidence to support the notion that the future is bright. The Oilers have been the early surprise of the NHL season, sitting just one point behind the Minnesota Wild for first in the Northwest division. At one point, they were the top team in the league, and look to have, at least...

His Bite Is Worse than His Barker

When Steve Tambellini signed Cam Barker this summer, we knew what the Oilers were getting based on resume. His recent injury then should be considered a stroke of good luck? In the July 2nd post I linked to above, this was the main issue:Did he ever--at any time--play tough minutes in the NHL? No. He didn't in Minnesota and in Chicago they always had a better option. Whatever...

Monty Steve's Leaving for the Circus: Hawks 6 vs Oilers 3

Going into last night all everyone could talk about was how the Oilers were showing stellar defense, that Khabibulin was back to his former self. There was even a piece a week or so back saying that the Oilers were doing so well because of their commitment to blocking shots.Fast forward to the morning, and what do we see? Khabby having flashbacks to what it was like in the UC before...

Hawks not surprised with Khabibulin's rebound

Nikolai Khabibulin, 38, has posted a 1.52 GAA & .945 save percentage in 2011-12 (Photo by Andy Devlin / EOHC). Chicago, IL – Nikolai Khabibu...

Richard Cloutier: The TR Line Blender

How many Oiler fans remember the MacT Line Blender? Awful, wasn't it? What made it terrible was seeing inept players like Liam Reddox and Marc Pouliot getting shifts on the power-play over other players with more skill and ability. The Oilers have hit the skids and all the talk now is around the potential Tom Renney (or RT for short) line blender. I've heard Renney would...

Contest: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Poetry Slam, Volume 1

Full disclosure: We weren't really sure how a poetry contest would play. We know when it comes to Reader Art Contests, we're golden. But poetry's a different animal, so we were a little apprehensive about "For The Love Of Nuge: The Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Poetry Slam." Then this entry from Mohammad Rashead rolled in. It's called "Draft 2011 was the Donkey...

Edmonton Oilers Kids Club Presented by Save-On-Foods

Are YOU fan enough? Then check out the Edmonton Oilers Kids Club, back for another season with amazing Kids Club merchandise and members only contests! Sign up for just $20 and receive an exclusive cinch bag, notebook, ruler, Oilers store disc...

Off With a Smile

The hockey season just throws a hanging curveball at you at times. Last night, the Hawks got one in an Oilers squad that was at the end of a six-game road trip that spanned every timezone the continent has to offer, and it was pretty clear they just wanted to go home. The Hawks raced out to a lead from the opening bell, and though the Oilers hinted at coming back, they didn't...

Hawks Game Day: Facing surprising Oilers

With a two-week, six-game road trip looming, the Chicago Blackhawks look to leave town with a third consecutive win under their collective belt as they face the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at the United Center.

Blackhawks score 5 on Oilers' Khabibulin (AP)

Jonathan Toews and Steve Montador each scored twice to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 on Sunday night for their third straight victory. Duncan Keith had a goal and assist for Chicago (11-4-3), which handed Edmonton its third consecutive loss. Daniel Carcillo capped the scoring with an empty-net goal.

Edmonton Oilers (9-5-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (10-4-3), 7 p.m. (ET)

The Edmonton Oilers will try to avoid their first three- game losing streak of the season when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at the United Center.
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