While the frustrating NHL lockout has taken away our game, it gives us time to ponder other fun, hockey related questions. In an attempt to bring together Tampa Bay fans and writers, I asked Lightning Nation, “Who is your Bolts Rushmore?” Two hundred combined emails, Facebook messages and Twitter direct messages were sent out [...]
After a two week, five-game road trip, the Detroit Red Wings (NHL best 36-17-2, 74 points) kept their home-winning streak in tact by clipping the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 at the Joe Louis Arena. The win marks their 18th straight on home ice, which is the fourth best in NHL history. The win gives the Red [...]
Drew Miller struck oil late in the third period by scoring the game-winning goal as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 at Rexall Place. Jimmy Howard stopped 21 shots to become the first NHL goalie to reach 20 wins this season. With the win on the road, the Red Wings have a [...]
The Nashville Predators looked to stop their 4 game skid by venturing to Rexall Place to take on the up and coming Edmonton Oilers. For the Predators, this was a game that was going to require discipline and the necessity of playing a full 60 minutes of hockey. Since this was the first of a [...]
After starting their six-game homestand with a 0-1-1 record, the Detroit Red Wings fired back on all cylinders by winning their last four games in convincing fashion as they outscored the opposition with a combined score of 18-4. Their record is now 9-5-1 and they are tied with Nashville for second place in the Central [...]
Brick by brick, the Detroit Red Wings brought down the ‘Bulin Wall as they solved Edmonton Oilers’ goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. They did so for their third straight win as they blanked the Oilers 3-0 at the Joe Louis Arena. Jimmy Howard steered away all 24 shots for his third shutout of the season, tying the [...]
The Nashville Predators made their first trip of the season to the great white North, taking on the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. In the Oilers, the Predators faced a young, talented, speedy squad that could be very dangerous with the puck. Sorta like what the Predators had hoped to be at the outset of [...]
The lack of real trade movement in the days leading up to this season’s NHL Christmas “trade freeze” has more than a few pundits and bloggers looking ahead to the February 28th NHL Trade Deadline – when we know for certain there’ll be real, honest-to-goodness trade activity – and speculating over which players might be [...]
Today’s New York Rangers-Edmonton Oilers game had all the makings of a trap game for the home team. The Rangers could’ve just figured, “Eh, they’re awful. This is the last game of a road trip during which they got pummeled 7-1 by Carolina and 6-2 by Detroit.” They could’ve got caught up in the whole [...]
One month into the 2010-11 NHL season, it’s time to have a look at the most overpaid NHLers who don’t contribute as much as their team and the general manger who signed them would like. I have not included players whose contract is buried in the AHL or oversees such as Jeff Finger, Wade Redden, [...]
This will be a new weekly feature here at Hockey Independent as I will try to give you advice on your fantasy hockey drafts, whether it’s a keeper pool or not, and whether you are allowed daily/weekly roster changes or not during the season. You can have a look at my article on the 2010-11 [...]
DAILY RUMORS: Lyle Dismisses Several Rumored Destinations for Niemi…But Acknowledges One Possibility
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After selecting franchise-player Taylor Hall with the first overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft last Friday, the Edmonton Oilers have indicated they will buy out the contracts of former captain Ethan Moreau, Robert Nilsson and Patrick O’Sullivan tomorrow after putting them on waivers at noon earlier today, effectively turning the page on a [...]
Oh how time flies when you’re having fun. Just a little over a month ago the Oilers were coming off one of the best road trips in franchise history; the team put together a five game winning streak on that road trip. In the 15 games since that streak though the Oilers have just a single win, a win that is book ended by seven losses.
At this point things in Edmonton are about as ugly as they can get. The season is done, the team has three points in their last 13 games, Khabibulin needs back surgery, Hemsky is lost for the year, and by the end of the night it’s very possible that the Oilers will be tied for last place. So it’s a good thing that the Penguins are coming to town tonight, at least this way there is something for Oiler fans something to be excited about.
It had been speculated for weeks and now its official, Khabibulin needs season ending back surgery. With the Oilers in wait-till-next-season mode (for the fourth year in a row) the loss of their number one goalie isn’t something that will jeopardize the season. It does though open the door for a lot of questions about Khabibulin’s contract and the Oilers goaltending situation.
With just two points separating them in the standings tonight’s matchup between the Oilers and Blue Jackets is a huge four point game. Well it would really only be huge if you were looking at the bottom of the NHL standings and not the top. In fact this game is really a battle for 29th place, with the loser grabbing that coveted spot. The winner will rocket past the Leafs and into 27th place.
At the start of the season you had told me that tonights Oilers/Coyotes game would feature the 6th and 29th place teams in the league I would have laughed in your face because there is no way the Oilers would be sitting with the NHLs elite teams this late in the season. As it turns out I would have been right, the Oilers wouldn’t be in that position but somehow the Coyotes are.
Although it isn’t what it once was the Battle of Alberta does still mean something to me. In three games between the two clubs this season the Oilers are 0-3. And as much as I hope that the Oilers are bad enough to get a very high draft pick in June I still want them to win tonight simply because I don’t ever want the Flames (or really the City of Calgary) to ever win anything.
What the hell happen to the Oilers? After their game on December 5 I went on vacation and all but cut myself off from the world. I didn’t go very far for my vacation, only 4.7 km as the crow flies, but when you’re watching curling all day and drinking beers before, during, and after there isn’t much time left for anything else.