Found April 16, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
While the Minnesota Wild are presently focused on securing their first playoff berth in five seasons, the Edmonton Oilers made a move they hope will pay off in the future. The visiting Wild look to win consecutive games for the first time this month while trying to hand the Oilers a season-high sixth straight defeat Tuesday night. Though Minnesota's 4-3 win at Calgary on Monday was its third in 10 games, the Wild (23-16-3) are sixth in the Western Conference and are closing in on their first postseason berth since 2008. "Every game matters," Wild captain Mikko Koivu told the NHL's official website. "I think every team, every player recognizes that but you can't think about it too much ahead. You've just got to go game-by-game. I know it sounds like a clich but that's what it is right now." Edmonton (16-18-7), meanwhile, has been outscored 17-4 during a five-game skid that followed a five-game winning streak during which it held a 25-7 scoring advantage. As a result of the team's recent slide and what's likely a seventh straight season without a playoff appearance, the team fired general manager Steve Tambellini on Monday and replaced him with former Oiler player and coach Craig MacTavish. "Despite showing areas of improvement over the course of the season, the face of the matter is we are not where we want to be right now, nor where we should be," Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe said. "And because careers are short and opportunities for achievement don't come along very often, we feel strongly that it is important that we make some changes right now." Edmonton also announced that former assistant general manager Scott Howson, who was recently fired as GM in Columbus, returns as senior vice president of hockey operations - the position previously held by MacTavish. MacTavish spent eight seasons (2000-01 to 2008-09) as Oilers head coach and guided them to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006. He'll try to reshape a team that has some solid young talent but has yet to turn that into any success. Edmonton has been held to one goal in each of the last four contests and looked lackadaisical throughout Saturday's 4-1 home defeat to provincial rival Calgary. "We really have to look ourselves in the mirror after this one," coach Ralph Krueger said. "We have to figure out what kind of team we want to be. There are still seven games ahead of us and we have some serious analysis to do right now." Young Edmonton stars Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have each failed to record a point in the last five games after they combined for 12 goals and 20 assists in the previous five. Eberle is the only member of that trio with a point during the Oilers' two losses to the Wild in 2013. Koivu, who had a goal with two assists in Minnesota's 4-2 home win over Edmonton on March 3, snapped a nine-game goal drought Monday. The Wild have scored six times to record three points in the last two games, matching their goal total while losing five of the previous six. Acquired by Minnesota from Buffalo at the trade deadline, forward Jason Pominville scored twice Monday and has four goals with two assists in six games with his new club.

Wild Monday: Cullen returns to lineup

The Wild will get a big boost tonight as center Matt Cullen will return to the lineup after missing the past six games with a lower body injury. "I feel really good," said Matt Cullen this morning in Calgary. "It's been awfully tough watching and it will be nice to get back in the fight with the guys." The Wild have gone 1-4-1 without Cullen in the lineup...

Harding on AHL conditioning assignment

ST. PAUL, Minn. Josh Harding is getting closer to returning to the Minnesota Wild and the NHL as he continues to fight multiple sclerosis. On Tuesday, Harding was assigned to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment, leaving the goalie one step away from returning to the Wild for the first time since he was placed on injured reserve Feb 12. Harding...

Wild send recovering Harding on conditioning stint

The Minnesota Wild have sent goalie Josh Harding on a conditioning assignment to the AHL. Harding hasn't played since Feb. 6, when he soon after developed complications from medication he was taking for multiple sclerosis. Harding was diagnosed with the disease last summer, but he reported no initial problems and posted a 24-save shutout in his 2013 debut on Jan. 20 against...

Edmonton Oilers keep GM hire within the family

Congratulations, Craig MacTavish. You are the new general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, replacing Steve Tambellini.So what are you going to do now? And you have much autonomy in your decision making?After all, Kevin Lowe remains team president. Some critics see this GM move as simply shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. “Maybe there are some skeptics out there,” MacTavish...

GARTH: Pommer One Timer

Jason Pominville has scored four goals and added two assists for the Minnesota Wild. After his two goal performance against Calgary on Monday night, Pommer told Minny media the following: "Its nice coming into a group that is committed to winning" Thanks, Wild TV. I wonder how Mr. Pegula and his advisors feel about the statements of the former Sabres captain...

Pominville's 2-goal night propels Wild to 4-3 win in Calgary

  Today has been one of those weird days.  Actually, not just today, it's been several weird days.  Normally, I work my customer service job from home.  I love it, and even better it saves me a lot of money on gas.  Yet, starting last week, the computer my employer provides decided it was going to go on the fritz.  I was told that a new computer would be in my home...

Edmonton Oilers Fire GM Steve Tambellini

Today the Edmonton Oilers fired their general manager Steve Tambellini today.  I'm not sure how much power he actually held as a general manager.  Tambellini was hired as the Oiler GM in 2008 but he served as somewhat of a frontman for Kevin Lowe, their previous GM who had been promoted to president.  Lowe had run the Oilers into the ground and would not have survived as general...

“Another One Bites the Dust: Tambellini Gets The Axe in Oil Country”

Former Oilers GM Steve Tambellini joins the ranks of the Unemployed. The Oilers fired him on Monday After 5 years of trying to take the once proud Edmonton Oilers back to the Promise Land, Steve Tambellini has been fired as General Manager. Tambellini, who was hired in 2008, leaves Edmonton after being named to the position following the promotion of Kevin Lowe to President of Hockey...

Wild-Oilers Preview

While the Minnesota Wild are presently focused on securing their first playoff berth in five seasons, the Edmonton Oilers made a move they hope will pay off in the future. The visiting Wild look to win consecutive games for the first time this month while trying to hand the Oilers a season-high sixth straight defeat Tuesday night. Though Minnesota's 4-3 win at Calgary on Monday...

Brodziak finds his game with 2-goal night in 5-3 in Edmonton

  Just the other day, I received a registration packet for my 15th college class reunion.  My first thought was, "has it really been that long?"  My second thought, "do I really want to go?"  Don't get me wrong, I had great time in college and I had a fun group of friends.  Most of them were fellow music majors, and we practically lived together in...

Oilers Holding A News Conference Today

An email from the Edmonton Oilers... Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe, will host a news conference today, Monday, April 15th at 10:30 a.m.MDT at Rexall Place.  WHO: Kevin Lowe - President of Hockey Operations WHAT: Hockey Operations News Conference

Game Preview: Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers 4/16/2013 @ 8:30PM CST at Rexall Place

Minnesota Wild (23-16-3)  49pts  2nd in the Northwest 2.50 Goals For (19th) 2.48 Goals Against (12th) 17.9% Power Play (16th) 83.3% Penalty Kill (11th) Top 5 Scorers: 1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 15G 19A = 34pts 2. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 10G 24A = 34pts 3. #29 Jason Pominville ~ 14G 17A = 31pts 4. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 4G 27A = 31pts 5. #7 Matt Cullen ~ 7G...

Time For A GM Change In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, Tentative Tambellini has to take the fall for the failure of the Edmonton Oilers to rise. Steve Tambellini can’t keep firing the coach. It’s his turn to take the bullet. Seven games remain for the Oilers as they mop up a seventh straight season out of the playoffs and one thing has become more than obvious. It’s been tracking...
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