Found March 19, 2013 on
from Bruce McCurdy of the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
Here we go again. Every season National Hockey League referees start out calling everything in sight, and every season the crackdown peters out as the games gain importance. The 2013-13 season is no different.
This is bad news for clubs like the Edmonton Oilers who seemingly rely on special teams as a difference-maker. The Oilers have outscored their opposition by a 29-20 count on special teams this season (25 powerplay goals to 19, and 4 shorthanded goals to 1), but have been taking a beating at even strength to the tune of 36 for, 56 against in 5-on-5 or 4-on-4 play.
Last year we noted a strong decline in powerplay opportunities for the Oilers as the season progressed. It’s been more of the same in 2013-13. With 28 games on the books now, let’s split Edmonton’s season into quarters and look at their powerplay opportunities per game in each segment.
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The Edmonton Oilers didn't exactly open the month of March on the right foot. In fact, they went winless in their first five games. But, following a victory over Nashville on Sunday, Ralph Krueger's squad has now won three of four. What's more, they're just two points back of a playoff spot with 20 games to go. Could this be the year they finally get back into the...
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Jordan Eberle led the way with a goal and an assist in the Oilers' 3-2 victory over the Predators on Sunday.
Magnus Paajarvi and Lennart Petrell also scored for the Oilers, who have captured seven out of eight points since losing 6-0 in...
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers some email...
Q: If the Edmonton Oilers were to give up one of their young players, would it be realistic to think they could acquire Corey Perry from the Anaheim Ducks? He’s won a Stanley Cup, he’s a 50-goal scorer, he’s a tough, hard-nosed player. He would seem to be the player the Oilers need.
A: The only way the Oilers...
The last time the San Jose Sharks saw the Edmonton Oilers, they were capping a high-scoring seven-game winning streak to begin the season.
Plenty has changed since.
With both teams lurking near the edge of the postseason picture, San Jose looks to avoid a sixth consecutive road loss Wednesday night versus surging Edmonton, which is seeking its first playoff appearance in seven...