Found February 05, 2013 on
Chris Vande Velde
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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Unlike the San Jose Sharks, who have about eight natural centres amongst their top 12 forwards–moving Patty Marleau and Joe Pavelski and Scott Gomez to the wing–the Edmonton Oilers are seriously lacking in that commodity. With Shawn Horcoff breaking a knuckle on his hand and Eric Belanger busting two toes , both blocking shots, the Oilers are down to two regular healthy centres in young guns Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner, with farmhand call-up Anton Lander also on the scene.
They will likely bring up OKCity’s checking centre Chris VandeVelde now that Horcoff is out a month or more with Lander in the No. 3 hole and VDV as the fourth-line pivot. But they are painfully thin after that, with only little Mark Arcobello left on the farm. As GM Steve Tambellini says “centres can move to the wing, but it’s tough the other way around.” Whole different set of circumstances, with face-offs and defensive zone coverage and playmaking.
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Edmonton Oilers winger Ales Hemsky scored a power play goal in the first period of Monday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks. The hometown Oilers fans at the Rexall Arena celebrated, including one fan who wore a horse mask for no particular reason.
Unfortunately, the fan with the horse mask, along with the other Oilers fans in attendance, went home disappointed as...
Defenseman Ryan Whitney was supposed to be healthy and productive this season for the go-go Edmonton Oilers. The veteran puck-mover was supposed to regain his old playmaking form now that he has finally moved past chronicle foot and ankle problems.
Whitney showed his full promise two seasons ago when he scored 27 points during a 35-game span. But last season he slipped from plus...
No matter how hard equipment companies try to make hockey gloves as protective as humanly possible, there will always be seams where body parts stick out as the hand bends and flexes, and Edmonton Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff, who wears a pair of Cadillacs in top-of-the-top-of-the-line Warrior gloves, still ended up suffering a nasty injury during the Oilers' 3-2 overtime loss...
Recently, there has been a trend of people wearing horse head masks at sporting events and during last night's Edmonton Oilers/Vancouver Canucks game, one horse head wearing fan got caught on camera celebrating a goal.Keep an eye on the lower right hand portion of the screen as Oilers forward Ales Hemsky scores his third goal of the season.Watch as the man wearing the mask slaps...
Let's just get one thing straight:
It's not that I think Shawn Horcoff is a bad hockey player. In fact, he's an important player for the Edmonton Oilers. He's not their best player; wouldn't even put him in their Top 5. Maybe not even in their Top 10. Wait, let me think about this. Who is better than Horcoff on the Oilers? From best player down...and we'...
Edmonton Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff is expected to be out “long term” after suffering a broken knuckle while blocking a shot in the second quarter against the Vancouver Canucks.
“It got pushed right in,” said Oilers coach Ralph Krueger.
“The glove opens up just a touch and it’s not an injury that really is something that’s due to some kind of contact of any sort....
With three first overall picks, who would have thought that it would be a veteran player leading the Edmonton Oilers in scoring. Yes, 23 year old Sam Gagner with a total of 375 NHL games under his belt has 10 points in 9 games, good enough for the best point streak in the NHL to this point this season. Continue reading "Oilers Winning with Gagner"
EDMONTON -- Getting even is more fun than getting mad. Just ask the Vancouver Canucks. A week after the Edmonton Oilers came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Canucks 3-2 in their own building, Vancouver rolled into Rexall Place and did the exact same thing. Trailing 2-0 after 28 minutes, the Canucks flicked the switch to "swarm" and had their way with Edmonton...
I said that - "Oh oh" - when I heard Mark Fistric wouldn't be returning to the game on Monday after crashing hips-first into the boards.
Going into the game, Ryan Jones was out (eye injury), Theo Peckham was out (hip injury), Eric Belanger was out (foot) and Ben Eager was out (concussion). Nikolai Khabibulin is back, but he's coming off a persistent...
Chris Tanev scored at 4:40 of overtime, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied for their season-high third straight victory, 3-2 over the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Monday night.
With just 2:17 remaining in regulation, and the Oilers holding a 2-1 lead, the Canucks tied it with a long shot from Kevin Bieksa that beat goalie Devan Dubnyk stick-side and forced overtime.
Taylor Hall was awarded...
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Well, that game turned on a dime.
For about 58 minutes, the Vancouver Canucks slogged through a muddled effort that looked like they had left their skateguards on they way the Oilers were flying.
They had quite a few shots, but they were perimeter shots, and hardly quality chances. The Vancouver specials. And then Kevin Bieksa worked his late...
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Headline: Canucks Invade Edmonton With 1st Place on the Line
The Vancouver Canucks head Northeast on Monday night to take on one of their threats in the Northwest Division of the NHL. The Canucks enter Monday’s contest having won 2 straight games while the young Oilers return home after losing two of three games on the road, and having played their worst game...
Tonight in Edmonton it will be the battle of the top line cycles. The Canucks have the best puck-cycling line in the league, featuring Daniel and Henrik Sedin along with Alex Burrows. The Oilers top line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle are trying to be the new Sedin's line. Eberle said in an interview during the lockout that the trio has watched tons of...