Found October 25, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Ryan Jones has never taken his days in the NHL for granted. The Edmonton Oilers winger put in plenty of time and effort making it to the league and having lost his job at the beginning of the season, is determined to make the most of his second opportunity. Jones, 29, is back in the Oilers lineup after a stint with the Oklahoma City Barons and played his first home game of the season Thursday, suiting up against the Washington Capitals. “I don’t think it’s a secret, I know what I need to do to stay up here,” Jones said prior to the game. “(Head coach Dallas Eakins) knows that I know that and I don’t think we have to have an extended conversation about it.” Having been plucked off the waiver wire during the 2009-2010 season from the Nashville Predators, Jones endeared himself to the Oilers and their fans with his work ethic and his outgoing personality. He had his best two seasons as a professional with the Oilers, collecting 18 and 17 goals, respectively. An eye injury suffered...

The future is not now for the Edmonton Oilers

Not good. That is the simple explanation for the Edmonton Oilers 2013-14 season so far. When the year began, the belief in hockey was the Oilers might take a huge leap forward this season and finally make the playoffs for…Read more →The post The future is not now for the Edmonton Oilers appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

Oilers already have ‘must-win’ games to make up for poor start

During his tenure with the Edmonton Oilers, Jordan Eberle has experienced the dismay of tumbling down the NHL standings. It just hasn’t been quite this early in the past. The Oilers are last in the Western Conference with a record of 3-7-1 and back-to-back road games looming. They play the Phoenix Coyotes at 1 p.m. Saturday and then take on the Kings in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. Sunday...

Oilers look at upside out of late wins on road trip

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...

Oilers starting to feel a sense of urgency to string some wins together

Is it too early to worry about the standings? Does it really matter if the Edmonton Oilers are last in the West on Oct. 26? No, and yes. There might be 90% of the season left to play, but it doesn’t take much of a hole these days to seriously jeopardize a team’s chances. Fall just a handful of points and a handful of teams behind the final playoff spot and before you know...

For many new Oilers, NHL travel grind a revalation

If today is Saturday this must be Phoenix. It was never like this in the KHL, says Anton Belov. Belov played five years with Avangard Omsk and he never had a one-game road trip to Omsk coming off a six-game, 11-day trip to Toronto, Washington, Pittsburgh, Long Island, Ottawa and Montreal with six of the next eight on the road, with Phoenix, Los Angeles, Florida, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia...

Worst Goaltending So Far

It is clear so far this season that the Edmonton Oilers have not had good goaltending.  Devan Dubnyk, their supposed starter, is posting a 4.02 GAA and an .878 saves percentage and his backup Jason LaBarbera is posting an even worse .871 saves percentage with a 3.22 GAA.  This gives them the worst goaltending duo in the league so far this year. This is a big part of the reason...

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...

Oilers Need To Start Winning

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun, There might be 90% of the season left to play, but it doesn’t take much of a hole these days to seriously jeopardize a team’s chances. Fall just a handful of points and a handful of teams behind the final playoff spot and before you know it, “It’s early” becomes “It’s too late.” “You look at the teams that...

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...

Ryan Garner: Examining Yakupov's Month-Long Audition

Promising as perestroika, puzzling as the politburo, Edmonton Oilers winger Nail Yakupov has received a season’s worth of derision and doubt, and we’re only 10 games into the 2013-14 season. It seems that his future is constantly being predicted, his potential is calibrated and recalibrated after each game, and he’s become both the squeaky wheel and the focal point...

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 […]
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