Omark was a lot happier than he looks here to be back in the game. Photo by Lisa McRitchie all rights reserved
While the Edmonton Oilers were away on a road trip, the AHL farm team the Oklahoma City Barons came to Alberta for a short visit. A special Abbotsford Heat game was played in the Calgary Saddledome giving many Alberta fans a chance to not only see Omark play live, but to see him play his first game in three months live.
Omark has returned to the ice after a lengthy healing process and although Omark said his ankle wasn't "game ready" following the game, I'm sure he meant that he wasn't feeling like himself yet. After all, trying to make up for lost time is difficult and will take time. Regardless, Omark played quite well and earned a goal and an assist finishing +2 during the Barons' 4-0 shutout over the Calgary Flames' farm team, the Abbotsford Heat. The previous evening, the Edmonton Oil Kings were in Calgary to take on the Calgary Hitmen. The Oil Kings won 9-2, and so perhaps, just maybe, the Oilers can pull off the win as well when they travel to the Saddledome in two weeks. It could be a long shot, but Edmonton is 2 for 2 over Calgary during the month of February.
It is February, and so we all know what that means, that's right it's black history month. But also, there is Valentine's day at some point during the month as well. The Oilers seem to be getting on board with the Hallmark Holiday with e-cards through the Edmonton Oilers' page and this video:
The Oilers hosted the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night following the phenomenal game where Sam Gagner earned 8 points in a single game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Gagner wouldn't see as many points, but would take three as the Oilers beat the Red Wings 5-4 in a shootout. Monday night, the Oilers were hosted by the Toronto Maple Leafs and played a completely disappointing game, losing 6-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Oilers would once again play the Red Wings in Detroit Wednesday night, but the results were far less impressive. The Oilers would lose 4-2 after failing to take advantage of the Red Wings' less than perfect penalty kill.
The Oilers' injury woes would extend to the coaching staff this week when Tom Renney took a puck to the head during the Oilers' morning skate Monday morning in Toronto. Renney would require stitches and Ralph Kruger took over Renney's responsibilities during the game against the Maple Leafs.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would suffer "another" injury Monday night, or was it the same injury? The Oilers have said that it is a different injury, but it is the same shoulder. The timeline for the injury is 7-10 days, and although the Oilers will miss the Nuge, hopefully he will return when he will be able to take impact during games safely.
Because Nugent-Hopkins was out of the line-up for Wednesday's game, Magnus Paajarvi was called up from Oklahoma City.
The Barons will play the Abbotsford Heat again this weekend, but this time Saturday night in Abbotsford.
The Edmonton Oil Kings continue to push towards the playoffs. Tuesday afternoon in their annual Hockey Hookey game, the Oil Kings hosted Oilers' prospect Drew Czerwonka and the Kootenay Ice. The Oil Kings would take the game 3-1, but this was more than just a simple divisional game. This was also a battle of the Reinhart brothers; Griffin playing for the Oil Kings, but Sam and Max playing for the Ice.
Wednesday night the Oil Kings travelled to Calgary and beat the Hitmen convincingly, 9-2. With the Oil Kings win, two players earned hat-tricks; TJ Foster and Tyler Maxwell.
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