Posts Tagged ‘New York Islanders’

NHLPA survey – Edmonton sucks but the ice is good (really?!?)

January 31, 2011 2 comments

To help fill the void left in the NHL news cycle by the All-star weekend, the NHLPA and CBC released the results of a poll of 318 members of the NHLPA yesterday. This poll covers the same ground that every player poll like this covers. Where would you least like to play? Where would you most like to play? Who is the most underrated? Who is the toughest to play against? It’s the same old, same old. The questions never change and neither do the answers.

So it should come as no surprise that Edmonton was the answer a significant number of the player provided to the question “What team would you least like to play on?“. The Islanders lead the way with 27% of the vote, the Oilers followed with 20%. The Thrashers, Leafs, and Panthers rounded out the top five with 7%, 5%, and 2% respectively. Does this surprise anyone? Should Oiler fans care?

The short answer is and no and no. It’s well established that Edmonton isn’t a desirable place to play. It’s remote. It’s cold. There is a lot of travel. And the team isn’t very good. All things being equal (in other words money) if I had the choice to ply my trade in Edmonton or another NHL city I’d probably go somewhere else and I grew up here and I think Edmonton is a pretty great place to live. Read more…


Tom Gilbert has impeccable timing for bad penalties

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment

With just a shade over five minutes left in the last nights game and with the Oilers holding onto a 2-1 lead and already short a man Tom Gilbert got called for shooting the puck over the glass. In Gilbert’s defense the puck was bouncing and was up on edge when he shot it so it’s not as if he total control of where the puck went after it left his stick but while defendable, it was a bad penalty to take at just about the worst possible time. Luckily the Oilers were able to kill the resulting 1:39 two-man advantage and hold off the Islanders for their first win in eight tries.

It’s good that Gilbert’s penalty didn’t cost the Oilers in this case but I couldn’t help but think that the whole situation had a familiar feeling to it. As it turns out I was right. Read more…

Beware of the December winning streak

January 6, 2011 Leave a comment

At times I almost forget that last years 30th overall Oilers club wasn’t among the NHLs bottom feeders from day one of the season. In fact for the first couple of months of the year the Oilers were in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference. And fueled by an impressive five game road winning streak they were actually two games above the 0.500 mark – well the pseudo NHL version of 0.500 anyway – with a 15-13-4 record on December 15.

But as soon as the team got back from that road trip things went from okay to terrible in a hurry. The Oilers dropped their next seven games before posting a win against the mighty Maple Leafs on December 30th. To prove that the seven losses before that game weren’t a fluke the Oilers would manage to lose their next 13 games and not win a single game in the month of January. All told it would take the Oilers 28 games to match the 10 points that they got on that 5 game road trip. Read more…