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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 it to the letter right up the part where they were supposed to lose.
On what the struggling Oilers were calling Redemption Night they launched a comeback for the ages straying from their traditional death scene at the last moment to do what nobody ever does - come from three goals down on one of the best shutdown teams in the NHL.
“We just stuck together as a team” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins after the Oilers booed off the ice in the second period returned in the third to shock the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in a shootout.
“We knew that we needed to be better. We came out and we played hard. It just shows what...
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What happens when you lose the most prolific player in the league?
As the New Jersey Devils are proving, you stumble out of the gate. Lou Lamoriello went out and fetched talented players including Michael Ryder and Damien Brunner in the off-season, but it seems that his team still can’t get over the loss of Ilya Kovalchuk.
New Jersey made a daring move by trading for Kovalchuk...
Taylor Hall can understand fans’ frustration.
Things were bad in Edmonton long before he showed up on the scene as the first piece of the rebuilding puzzle.
But even Hall admits getting booed off the ice after the second period in the second home game of the season Monday seemed harsh. Good thing the Edmonton Oilers came back to beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in a shootout to...
New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider doesn't plan to get emotional about his return to Vancouver on Tuesday night when he'll share the spotlight with former teammate Roberto Luongo.
''We're there less than 24 hours. Gotta play a game, gotta win a game. I'm not going to get all nostalgic,'' Schneider said Monday.
He'll get the start against...
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...
Jaromir Jagr missed the New Jersey Devils' preseason with what was probably a groin injury, and his performances in his first two regular season games involved a single shot taken in 15:40 played against Pittsurgh last Thursday (the Devils lost 3-0) and a -2 and a shot in 13:40 played against the Islanders on Friday (the Devils lost 4-3 in a shootout).
The New York Times'...
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...
There was no denying that Cory Schneider wanted to beat his former Vancouver Canuck teammates Tuesday night.
More than that though the Devils goaltender wanted to get his team its first win of the season.
Fittingly it came down to a duel between Schneider and his old goaltending partner Roberto Luongo that needed overtime to be decided. Defenseman Jason Garrison gave Vancouver...
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.
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Tonight’s game between the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils marks the return of Cory Schneider to Rogers Arena, and after a year of goaltending controversies and trade speculation fans will finally see two of the league’s most familiar goaltenders go head-to-head.
Vancouver Canucks vs. New Jersey Devils - Tuesday October 8 - 7 pm - TSN, NHL Network (US)
Vancouver Canucks 2-1-0 tied for first in Pacific Division
New Jersey Devils 0-1-2 tied for fourth in Metropolitan Division
Roberto Luongo will face off against his old teammate Cory Schneider when the New Jersey Devils take the ice at Rogers Arena tonight.
The Canucks haven...
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In the most anticipated Tuesday night Devils-Canucks game in history, Cory Schneider will play his first game against his old team and his old friend Roberto Luongo. It’s been just over three months since the Canucks traded Schneider for the ninth overall pick (Bo Horvat), which elevated this drama to soap opera status here in Canuckland...
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Match-up - New Jersey Devils (0-2-1) @ Vancouver Canucks (2-1-0)
Road/Home records - 0-1-1 -------------- 1-0-0
TV - TSN, MSG Plus, NHL Network (US)
Puck drop - 10:00 PM ET
Season series - 0-0
Last 10: Devils 0-2-1 / Canucks 2-1-0
Projected starting goalies - Cory Schneider (NJD) vs. Roberto Luongo (VAN)
"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...
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...