Found March 17, 2014 on
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
In the end it may not mean a thing, but there are signs of growth from the Edmonton Oilers lately under Dallas Eakins.
On Sunday, the Oilers beat the Hurricanes 2-1 on the road. No great accomplishment, but it helped Edmonton earn five of a possible eight points on its four-game road trip.
The midseason tweaks GM Craig MacTavish has made in Edmonton have been positive. Goalie Ben Scrivens won again and has a .932 save percentage with the Oilers, so far fending off the expectations that his stats would take a nosedive when he left the protection of the Los Angeles Kings' defensive system.
Matt Hendricks has been another positive influence on this young team, scoring occasionally but also setting an example on how to work. There are still offseason changes to be made by MacTavish, but at least there's some hope for Edmonton fans to grab on to.
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You don’t look up Matt Hendricks’s goals and assists.
If anything, you look down for them.
He’s 13 names deep in the Oilers scoring race with seven points in 64 games, tied with Philip Larsen, who spent most of the year alternating between sick bay and the AHL.
From that perspective, his contributions seem rather insignificant … until you have to go into a corner with...
After yet another horrible season, the Edmonton Oilers will be making significant changes to their roster by the time next seasons training camp begins. The current group has not developed the way Oilers brass thought they would, and a blow up is on the way.General manager Craig MacTavish will have his work ahead of him, as the off season will be the first opportunity to perform...
With Jesse Joensuu walking out of Rexall Place in a medical boot on Monday, odds are good Anton Lander will be staying for a while.
The Oilers forward was called up from the Oklahoma City Barons for the recent four-game trip, and for a while Sunday, it appeared as though he scored his first goal of the season in a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The goal was later awarded...
There’s nothing quiet about his game, which pretty much sums up Matt Hendricks’ presence in the Edmonton Oilers locker-room.
Since arriving in January, in the trade that sent goaltender Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators, the veteran has become entrenched in the room and on the ice. Or, in the words of his head coach, he is becoming “the heartbeat.”
Losing to a team like the Edmonton Oilers at this time of the season would normally be something to panic over but for the Hurricanes, it was really just another game and another loss. This is a team that has lost seven of their last ten games and while the playoffs might have been in reach not too long ago, it's pretty obvious that this club doesn't belong in the conversation...
The Edmonton Oilers power play made a rare and brief appearance Sunday, showing up just long enough to win a hockey game.
An element of their game that has been a miserable mess for weeks, the Oilers power play snapped a 2-for-39 drought (5.2%) when Justin Schultz scored nine minutes into the third period to break a 1-1 tie with the Carolina Hurricanes.
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