Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild, Game 36

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Edmonton Oilers
@ Minnesota Wild

Thursday, Dec 29, 2011, 6:00 PM MST
Xcel Energy Center

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Hemsky’s future with Oilers murky as trade deadline approaches - Edmonton Journal
Actually, it is in his hands. If he was producing at the rate Eberle’s producing, there would be no question the Oilers would be digging in to sign him again.

How Many Points will the Minnesota Wild Finish the Season with? - Arctic Ice Hockey
The highest non-Tim Thomas-driven 5v5 save percentage over the last four seasons is 933, so you can be absolutely sure this is unsustainable. In fact, it's not clear that the Wild are any better than they've been for the last three seasons. So how will Minnesota do going forward?

How Good Are The Minnesota Wild? - The Copper & Blue
If the Wild follow the lead of other bad even strength teams with good starts, will they be able to bank enough points to make the playoffs?

Are The Wild Improving At Possession? - The Copper & Blue
As expected, the save percentage is slowly regressing back towards sustainable levels, detailed in the chart below, showing the tied and close save percentage before and after the game against Edmonton in late November.

Are The 2011 Minnesota Wild Better Than Their 2010 Team? - The Copper & Blue
The Wild have been one of the worst teams in the league when it comes to possessing the puck and have consistently finished in the bottom third of the league. The key, however, comes in understanding that the Wild aren't better than last year and are worse than the teams from 2008-09 and 2009-10.

G36 Oilers at Wild - Lowetide
I don't have much to say about the game tonight. Hope the kids do something special and no one gets hurt. Two points would be very good, but don't count on it. Sometimes it is best to have the faith of a child and to look for small victories. Remember that meeting a long time ago where the season ticket base told the Oilers to fix it, get it right?

GAME DAY: Edmonton @ Minnesota - Oil On Whyte
Welcome to the Make Or Break portion of the 2011-12 NHL Oilers. The Oilers have got to take some serious points from this road trip if they’re even going to entertain making the second season. Taking two points against the Wild would be a good start tonight.

Today's Frustrated Edmonton Fan: sbazzarelli

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Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryan Whitney ankle 12/29/2011
Alex Plante other-excused 12/29/2011
Ales Hemsky infection 12/29/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Cam Barker ankle 11/11/2011
Taylor Fedun femur 10/03/2011


Minnesota Wild Injuries

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jared Spurgeon other-excused 12/29/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Clayton Stoner groin 12/23/2011
Devin Setoguchi ankle 12/07/2011
Guillaume Latendresse concussion 12/15/2011
Casey Wellman wrist 12/14/2011


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