The Oilers made headlines last night. Not only did they defeat the Chicago Blackhawks, 8-4, but they had one player on their roster who had roles in each one of the eight goals that the Oilers scored.
Yes, you read that correctly. Sam Gagner had eight points last night in the victory. Gagner's four goals and four assists supplied Oiler fans with their best victory since the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. Hey, with a team that is likely to not make the playoffs, a game like the one Gagner had very much worth talking about.
Games against the Oilers haven't gone quite the way Chicago would have liked - or expected - this season. The Blackhawks are 1-2-0 against Edmonton so far this season. After a handy 6-3 win early in the season at the United Center, they cruised into Edmonton in November on the heels of an PPG-heavy embarassing loss to the Canucks - only to get stomped 9-2 in another PPG-laden game. The Oilers also took the last match 4-3 in Chicago.
Do the Blackhawks want a little payback? No doubt. "We got our teeth kicked in here last time," Coach Quenneville stated this afternoon. Back in mid-November, with the score 9-2, the Oilers fans were chanting "We want...
It’s been 8 games since the Flames last lost to the Edmonton Oilers as this rivalry has been heavily one sided in recent seasons. The Flames have won 15 of the last 16, including the last 3 and 6 out of 7 at Rexall Place. They will look to continue that streak tonight up north as they finish off their mini 3-game road trip.
Taylor Hall was injured by a skate on Tuesday night during the team's pre-game warmup. You can see above the extent of the injury, which leaves Hall luckier than most who have to deal with these skate blade injuries in the NHL.
I’m not exactly sure Oilers fans would be happy with a spirited third period two nights ago against a New Jersey Devils team that has struggled all season.
Despite being outplayed for 40 minutes Wednesday night, the Oilers came back to tie the Devils in the third period, ultimately falling in overtime. In looking for positives to take from the game, the Oilers gained a point, at least. They ended their four-game losing streak without a point, and Ales Hemsky lit the lamp with a power play goal, some encouraging signs for the Oilers if they can go on a run mid-season to get back into the playoff race. If they can&rsq...
With the first game in the New Year the Chicago Blackhawks were looking to continue their winning ways from December. The last time they played the Oilers in Edmonton it was a complete debacle in Alberta. This however is the season of resolutions and after some soul searching as a team and a new year I thought would bring a new result but I was wrong.
The Blackhawks needed to stay out of the penalty box as the Edmonton Oilers have a good power play and rank fourth overall in the NHL but just couldn’t do it. I was also looking for improvement on the Blackhawks power play and continued stellar defense as the previous games with Edmonton were high scoring but n...
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The Islanders played host this afternoon to the Edmonton Oilers on Ken Morrow night, as the former Isles defenseman was being inducted into the Islanders Hall of Fame. The last player to be inducted a little over a month ago was the team's first captain, Ed Westfall. The home team would go on to lose 6-0 that night to the Boston Bruins. But today Ken Morrow's name would ring with pride as the Islanders would go on to win 4-1 and establish a two-game winning streak.
The first period saw the Isles take a 1-0 lead on the power play as Ben Eager was serving a roughing penalty. And get used to that statement, because Eager made himself right at home in the shameful sin bin with a total of 16 PIMs on the day, not one of them from a fighting major. PA Parenteau would drag the puck through the slot and have it taken away from him, only to land perfectly on John Tavares' stick. With Devan Dubnyk down and out of position after the puck changed directions, Tavares was able to bury the puck with ease. Matt Moulson had the secondary assist.
The Oilers would tie the game later in the period after a fluky shot made it's way past Evgeni Nabokov. Nino Niederreiter was caught out of position, forcing him to dive stick first in order to block the shot from the point. He got a piece of it, allowing the puck to change directions and pinball it's way through the crease. Sam Gagner was credited with the goal with the assists going to Corey Potter and former Islander Andy Sutton.
The Oilers’ struggles continued Thursday night in a 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, being outshot 42-20. Having four days off before the game could either be a good thing or a bad thing, and for the Oilers, it was a bad thing. They couldn’t get their legs going and the Coyotes coasted past them as if they were nothing. Tonight, the Oilers (14-14-3) look to get back on the right track after two straight losses as they take on the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks (16-10-3) come into the game tonight after a 5-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche, a game in which they had to overcome a two-goal ...
Andy Sutton was suspended by the National Hockey League on Thursday after a hit to the Hurricanes' Alexei Panikorovsky Wednesday night. Sutton leaped up and creamed Ponikarovsky along the boards. That wasn't all for Sutton, as he delivered a violent hit to star Jeff Skinner, sending him to the ice and vaulting Sutton into a tilt of his own against Tim Gleason. If you missed the hit that Sutton is going to be suspended for, the NHL Network's EJ Hradek explains why Sutton needs to change his game because pretty soon he may be suspended for a lengthy period. Sutton has been offered the option of an in-person hearing. It's Sutto...