|23-22-8, 1.018 p/g||Ranks||15-32-6, .680 p/g|
|Western Conference: 11th||Western Conference: 14th|
We're Number One! (Again!)
With Buffalo's win over Columbus tonight, the worst winning percentage in the NHL now belongs to Edmonton (.340).— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) January 26, 2014
We're back, baby. Deal with it.
The Oilers are saying
"We might play good for the first period and then sag in the second and play good in the third. We have to find a way to stop doing that. We are killing ourselves with efforts like that, not playing a full game"
That's Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the Oilers' inability to put it all together for sixty minutes.
RNH is spot on. The Oilers haven't gotten too many sixty minute efforts this year, what, with the fifteen wins in 52 games. Oilers are without a win in their last six (0-5-1). Last win was eons ago (okay, it was the tenth against Pittsburgh). The Predators come into Edmonton with a thousand more wins than the Oilers (okay, eight more wins) and a goaltender who was traded from the Oilers less than two weeks ago who might have picked up some "bad habits" during his time in Edmonton. Or, so says Predators coach Barry Trotz.
So, at least they've got that going for them.
The Opponent is saying
"I'm still trying to settle in and get comfortable with the guys in front of me, and let them get comfortable too"
- THIS IS DIFFERENT: Even though the Oilers didn't come out on top, they didn't get tremendously outshot last game against the Coyotes, as is the norm. As a matter of fact, the Oilers had both greater Corsi (50/47) and shot totals (39/29). In other words, I think Ben Scrivens (0-2-0, .900 with Edmonton) gets the start today.
- WE'VE GOT SKILLS: The Oilers held their annual skills competition on Saturday at Rexall Place. Ryan Smyth won the shooting accuracy contest, Luke Gazdic (!) won the hardest shot competition, and Nail Yakupov was actually allowed on the ice as a member of the team to participate. Things are really looking up for that guy.
- Ales Hemsky was absent from this skills competition, and I'd be surprised if he was dressed today. Philip Larsen was a participant, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him.
- FUN GRAPH - Check out this FUN GRAPH that Tyler put together tracking Taylor Hall's Corsi%. If you're on blood pressure medication, please make sure you're sitting down before clicking that link.
Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Patric Hornqvist
Nick Spaling - David Legwand - Craig Smith
Gabriel Bourque - Matt Cullen - Eric Nystrom
Richard Clune - Paul Gaustad - Viktor Stalberg
Roman Josi - Shea Weber
Michael Del Zotto - Seth Jones
Victor Bartley - Ryan Ellis
The Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Ryan Smyth - Sam Gagner - David Perron
Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Ryan Jones
Nail Yakupov - Mark Arcobello - Luke Gazdic
Andrew Ference - Justin Schultz
Anton Belov - Philip Larsen
Jeff Petry - Martin Marincin