Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks, Game 32

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Edmonton Oilers
@ San Jose Sharks

Saturday, Dec 17, 2011, 8:00 PM MST
HP Pavilion

Fear The Fin

Who are the Sharks’ best shot blockers? - The Neutral
Douglas Murray leads the team in both raw blocked shots and in the newly-christened "Block %" which plays no small role in the fact that, despite holding one of the lower Corsi ratios on the team at 0.453, Murray has been able to break even in terms of scoring chances with a 0.505 ratio in that category. He’s spending a ton of time in his own zone (not entirely surprising considering he starts the bulk of his shifts there and does so against top competition) but he’s been effective at getting in shooting lanes and suppressing chances against.

Perception versus Reality - The Neutral
As always, the percentages have been the culprit.

What is Luck? Part 1 - Battle of California
People have different ideas about what exactly "luck" is, where it comes from, and how we should feel about it. In my new series of posts, that I'll continue whenever I feel like it for as long as I feel like it, I'm going to examine how different individuals, organizations, cultures, and belief systems have viewed "luck" throughout history and around the world - and then I'll take their thoughts on the subject and apply them to hockey.

Introducing the SONA Index - Battle of California
I'm a big fan of advanced statistics, even though I don't always understand them. I think it's really cool that enterprising hockey fans have taken the time to develop measurements that didn't previously exist. In this spirit I have developed my own advanced statistic: the SONA index. SONA, of course, stands for Sex Offenders Near Arena.

Fear the FAQ 2011-12 - Fear The Fin
Oh captain my captain! - Reference to Walt Whitman and/or the movie Dead Poets Society, when Patrick Marleau scores a goal. Doesn't matter that he's not the captain anymore.

Live by the Special Teams, Die by the Special Teams - Fear The Fin
When viewed as a group, it is the special teams that are causing the Sharks the biggest headache. When Sharks can kill penalties and score power play goals, they can win games.

Taylor Hall Shawn HorcoffAles Hemsky
Sam GagnerRyan Nugent-HopkinsJordan Eberle
Ryan SmythEric BelangerRyan Jones
Ben EagerAnton LanderLennart Petrell

Ladislav Smid - Tom Gilbert
Ryan Whitney - Jeff Petry
Theo Peckham - Colten Teubert

Devan Dubnyk

G32 Oilers at Sharks - Lowetide
I'm beginning to wonder about Tom Renney's future.

Today's Frustrated Edmonton Fan: Fred Steinmann

Complete Coverage >

Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andy Sutton Suspended 12/8/2011
Cam Barker ankle 11/11/2011
Taylor Fedun femur 10/03/2011

San Jose Sharks Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jim Vandermeer other-excused 12/07/2011
Douglas Murray hand 12/04/2011

Clear Victory Standings

Western Conference

  1. Detroit Red Wings (16-4, .800)
  2. Vancouver Canucks (11-5, .688)
  3. St. Louis Blues (8-4, .667)
  4. San Jose Sharks (7-4, .636)
  5. Chicago Blackhawks (8-6, .571)
  6. Nashville Predators (5-4, .556)
  7. Minnesota Wild (6-5, .545)
  8. Edmonton Oilers (9-9, .500)
  9. Phoenix Coyotes (9-9, .500)
  10. Dallas Stars (5-8, .385)
  11. Los Angeles Kings (4-7, .364)
  12. Calgary Flames (5-10, .333)
  13. Colorado Avalanche (4-9, .308)
  14. Anaheim Ducks (3-7, .300)
  15. Columbus Blue Jackets (4-11, .267)

Eastern Conference

  1. Boston Bruins (14-1, .933)
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins (10-4, .714)
  3. New York Rangers (9-4, .692)
  4. Philadelphia Flyers (10-5, .667)
  5. Florida Panthers (6-6, .500)
  6. Buffalo Sabres (6-6, .500)
  7. Toronto Maple Leafs (7-8, .467)
  8. Washington Capitals (6-7, .462)
  9. Winnipeg Jets (5-6, .455)
  10. Montreal Canadiens (4-5, .444)
  11. Carolina Hurricanes (6-10, .375)
  12. Ottawa Senators (4-8, .333)
  13. New Jersey Devils (3-7, .300)
  14. Tampa Bay Lightning (5-13, .278)
  15. New York Islanders (2-9, .182)

Division Standings

  1. Central (34-22, .607)
  2. Northeast (26-19, .578)
  3. Atlantic (27-23, .540)
  4. Northwest (23-26, .469)
  5. Pacific (17-24, .415)
  6. Southeast (17-30, .362)

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