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If they trade Taylor Hall, look out.
If they trade Taylor Hall, look out.
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Phoenix
7-19-5, 19 points, .612 p/g Ranks 10-16-4, 24 points, .8 p/g
Western Conference - 14th Western Conference - 13th
30th P/G 28th
25th ST 24th
29th ES 28th
29th Goal 27th
7:00 PM MDT - SNW
Gila River Arena
The opposing view: Five For Howling
Tickets - TiqIQ

Lots To Talk About

It takes fifteen losses in sixteen games for a head coach to get fired from the Edmonton Oilers.  Dallas Eakins was relieved of his head coaching gig yesterday after the Oilers got shutout by the Rangers on Sunday night.  The firing takes place less than two weeks after MacTavish said that Eakins' job was safe for the time.  OKC bench boss Todd Nelson is promoted to interim coach status, both he and MacT look to be behind the bench for the time.  Since 2009-10, this is Edmonton's fifth coaching move.  I've stopped counting which version of the rebuild we're on.  Maybe it's time to be on a winning version.

YOU TAKE YOUR KNIFE AND YOU SMEAR, MEN SMEAR!

What the hell, Darren Dreger?

Culture change?  You think Hall's the 'change' that needs to be made?

You move Taylor Halland I'm going full Milton.  I swear to God, this place goes up.  Taylor Hall is the one player worth paying money to see over the last five seasons, and if he goes to Boston for two packs of sawdust and a pommel horse, I will break out in hives and spit.

The Oilers are saying

"I haven't played my best.  I know everyone else in the locker room feels that way.  We haven't given the fans what they deserve."

That's Oilers forward Jordan Eberle on the departure of head coach Dallas Eakins

That's nice of Jordan Eberle to fall on the sword there.  It's nice that Ference and Hall also took the blame for Dallas Eakins getting axed less than two weeks after Craig MacTavish said his job was safe.  While I'll always have a gripe about Eakins' strange line deployment, it likely would be much easier for this team if Eakins had an actual NHL lineup to work with.  You know, the things that dreams are made of.  Think of it.  Four NHL centres!  Competent defencemen!  Pismo Beach, all the clams you can eat.

The Opponent is saying

"Every day you have to look at it as a new challenge and show up and make sure you're trying to maximize"

That's Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on his team's recent struggles.

The Coyotes haven't been quite the dumpster fire that the Oilers have been this season, but they've got a mighty two wins in their last ten games, including a nine game losing streak in Arizona.  Easy there, guys.  We're quite flattered you've taken a shine to becoming draft champions this year, but being an Oiler isn't all it's cracked up to be.

COYOTES ETC

As long as they've got Mikkel Boedker on their team, I've got plenty to worry about. Boedker has absolutely crushed the Oilers this season.  In three games, Boedker has seven points (5-2-7).  You'll remember last game versus the Coyotes when former Oilers prospect Tobias Rieder scored two shorthanded goals on the same Arizona penalty kill?  Yeah, good times.

Have some of this

  • The Todd Nelson / Craig MacTavish v.2.0 era begins tonight.  Let us pray.
  • Dallas Eakins' time with Edmonton:  36-62-14.
  • Ralph Krueger?  19-22-7
  • Tom Renney?  57-85-22
  • Pat Quinn?  27-47-8
  • Fire Kevin Lowe
  • GOILERS