Just another day in Oilers paradise

Tuesday started hilariously enough. After the Oilers went from a season where they had 45pts in 48 games in 2012/2013, they went to 67pts in 82 games in 2013/2014. Yet according to Oilers GM Craig MacTavish, the coaching is better, the team is in the right spot, that no major roster shake-ups are needed this summer. Is there two different Oilers teams and I just keep happening...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The end of the road for the 13/14 Oilers

All that stands between the Edmonton Oilers and golf season is a Saturday night tilt against the equally hapless Vancouver Canucks. It's actually a good thing this season is coming to an end now, as the Oilers have been out of the playoff race for at least 50 games now. It's been hard on the fans, and even harder on the players. It was a terrible season to watch hockey...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

MacT's work under the microscope

It was a year ago that Craig MacTavish left his post as the Edmonton Oilers’ vice-president of hockey operations to supplant Steve Tambellini as the team’s general manager. There was talk then of bold moves and the need for more complimentary pieces; now, there’s a defence that is still in need of a renovation and some fixes needed up front. To MacTavish’s credit, he hasn’t...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Oilers' uneven performance could have fans questioning direction team's headed

Hope. It’s the No. 1 thing to sell in sport. They’ve lost it in Vancouver where Tuesday the Canucks fired GM Mike Gillis. As the season comes to an end it would be hard to say there are heaping helpings of hope in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg or Calgary either. But what about Edmonton? Has this either 28th- or 29th-place season killed it? Has this most disappointing year in...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Hockey shot-protection gear struggles to secure acceptance among NHL players

Matt Hendricks pointed to the interior of his right foot, where he had once been struck by a puck that left him with a broken bone, and declared: “two screws.” There have been other cracks caused by unyielding pucks, continued the Edmonton Oilers gritty winger during a discussion about exterior shot protection. Hendricks is one of the converted. He wears shot blockers on his...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Third-line MVP

All hail Matt Hendricks
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Freiheit: Sabres continue road trip in Edmonton

It hasn’t exactly been one of the Sabres months to remember as we head into spring. Buffalo is on a seven game losing streak and is all but securing a high pick in the draft. This is the second and final time Buffalo will play Edmonton this season. The Oilers took the earlier meeting in February by a 3-2 score, with Matt Hendricks netting the game-winning goal. Nathan...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Hendricks joins Nail Yakupov in Oilers medical room

The Oilers could very well end up reeling up two forwards from the Oklahoma City Barons with both Nail Yakupov and Matt Hendricks now on the limp. Hendricks was hurt blocking a Shea Weber shot while Yakupov didn’t make it out after the pre-game warm-up because of an ankle that’s been bothering him. “He hung in there as long as he could but it just got to a point where that...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Hendricks key cog in Oilers’ resurgence

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.” Hendricks chipped...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers forward Matt Hendricks's value defies numbers, along with fellow grinders Gordon and Gazdic

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...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The Edmonton Oilers Looking Better

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...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers edge Carolina 2-1

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. After that, all the Oilers...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers Matt Hendricks boards Wild's Nate Prosser

Someone tell my why Oilers forward Matt Hendricks isn't given a penalty on this play? Hendricks clearly hits Wild defenseman Nate Prosser from behind in the numbers.
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Newcomer Matt Hendricks encouraged to bring his voice to the Oilers

It wasn’t just Matt Hendricks’ grit that appealed to the Edmonton Oilers, but his leadership abilities as well. Yet, even leaders sometimes need adjustment periods. Just over two weeks into his tenure with the Oilers, Hendricks is beginning to feel more himself, comfortable with expressing his thoughts with his new team. “I think the guys have been very welcoming, the organization...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Edmonton Oilers’ Matt Hedricks scores winner in clash of NHL's last-place teams

It’s safe to say the game lived up to its billing. The two worst teams in the NHL squared off Monday with the Edmonton Oilers pulling out a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Matt Hendricks scored a short-handed goal early in the third period, which proved to be the difference in an otherwise uninspiring contest. Jeff Petry and Justin Schultz also scored for the Oilers, who have...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Hendricks lifts Oilers to 3-2 win over Sabres

Matt Hendricks' short-handed goal 57 seconds into the third period lifted the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in a matchup of the NHL's two worst teams Monday night. Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry also scored for Edmonton, and David Perron had two assists. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 42 shots in helping Edmonton snap an 0-5-1 skid against the Sabres dating...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Freiheit: Tank you, Edmonton

Matt Hendricks’ shorthanded goal less than a minute into the 3rd period turned out to be the game-winner as the Oilers edged the Sabres 3-2 Monday night at the First Niagara Center. It was a back and forth battle between two teams at the bottom of the standings, but the Oilers were able to get to Jhonas Enroth, and then hold the lead for the rest of the night. The Sabres...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Fight: Mike Brown – Matt Hendricks Fight Featured Two Knockdowns

Way too many hockey fights are nothing but some dancing and hugging with a stray punch. That was not the case when Mike…
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Hendricks gives new voice to ailing Oilers

His is a game of persistence, which is certainly something the Edmonton Oilers can use. But Matt Hendricks has also brought a new voice to the room, something else that the team can, and has, put to use. “He’s not a guy who just talks the talk,” said Taylor Hall. “He’s going to do what he says.” Acquired from the Nashville Predators on Jan. 15, in exchange for goaltender...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Edmonton Oilers appear dedicated to losing

The Edmonton Oilers are a marvel. They possess dazzling offensive skill. They can skate and shoot and create scoring chances with slight-of-hand passing.And yet they cannot find ways to win games. Their 4-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes Friday night was their sixth in a row.The Oilers have changed coaches, changed general managers, changed goaltenders, swapped out and the supporting...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Henderson: Not Hating Hendricks

Matt Hendricks took an immediate beating when it was announced that he was coming to Edmonton in exchange for Devan Dubnyk. The stat heavy Oilogosphere pounced on his production, age, and contract length and gave MacTavish’s newest acquisition a virtual thrashing. Tyler Dellow had one such article up for Sportsnet here., and Jonathan Willis had one up for the Edmonton Journal’s...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Fake Hockey Help: The Edmonton Oilers’ Trades

The Edmonton Oilers took part in a pair of trades this week, as they changed their look in the crease and added more grit to their lineup. What this means to your fantasy team is that there are a few more goalies who might be impactful to your team and a bottom-six forward who might see more ice time due to his change of scenery. The Oilers’ first trade was shipping Devan Dubnyk...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators find themselves in all-too-familiar first period deficit in loss against Avalanche

Nashville acquired veteran goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Edmonton Oilers earlier in the week for forward Matt Hendricks in hopes to boost their goaltending efforts over the remainder of the season until starting netminder Pekka Rinne has the opportunity to return from the bacterial infection that has kept him sidelined since late October. Dubnyk’s first start in a Predators...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Edmonton Oilers acquire Ben Scrivens and Matt Hendricks in separate trades

   The Edmonton Oilers made two separate trades on January 15 in an attempt to add some depth to the NHL club. The Western Conference cellar dwellers dealt goaltender Devan Dubnyk over to the Nashville Predators in return for forward Matt Hendricks. They also sent a third-round draft choice in the 2014 NHL Draft to the Los Angeles Kings for 27-year-old goaltender Ben Scrivens.   ...
Via Hockey Fan Land
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul McCann: Game Night - Make Mine Wiz Wit

Fresh off the trade sending Matt Hendricks to the Edmonton Oilers for veteran goaltender Devan Dubnyk, the Nashville Predators are in Philadelphia tonight to take on the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. There has been a decidedly mixed reaction to the trade on both sides of the fence. Some reaction on the Nashville side has reflected an opinion that Dubnyk is not much of an upgrade...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

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