8-22-8, 24 points, .632 p/g
14-15-8, 36 points, .932 p/g
|Western Conference - 14th||Western Conference -12th|
Closing Out The Year With A Thud
The Oilers ended the 2014 calendar year with a point, which is a lot more that can be said for most of the games they've played so far this year. The Oilers got a few goals from some unlikely sources. New guy Matt Fraser scored a power play goal late in the first period, while Andrew Ference put the Oilers in the lead midway through the third. Two minutes later, the Flames tied it up with a maker from Joe Colborne. Edmonton amassed just twenty shots in sixty minutes, but hung on to send it to overtime. Calgary's Josh Jooris scored his ninth goal of the season in the extra frame to give Calgary a 4-3 victory, giving Edmonton their eighth overtime loss of the season.
2015 starts with the Oilers visiting Denver. Let's see what's cooking.
The Oilers are saying
"I think if I get the chance to go tomorrow, I'm ready for sure."
Benoit Pouliot has been out of action since November 21st when he suffered a broken foot against the New Jersey Devils. He'd be a welcome addition to the lineup if he's able to go. In twenty games, Pouliot has eight points (3-5-8).
The Opponent is saying
"We'd like to see him challenging the defensemen more (wide)...it's something we're talking a lot about, and he knows he needs to challenge."
- STORIES FROM THE FRINGE - Oilers defenceman Keith Aulie will be suspended for tonight's game and the next one stemming from an illegal check to the head of Matt Stajan during Wednesday night's game against the Flames. Look for Nikita Nikitin to draw back in after getting the scratch on Wednesday.
- Tyler Pitlick will be out for a while with a lacerated spleen. Yeesh.
- Leon Draisaitl had a pair of assists in Wednesday's 4-3 loss in just a little more than nine minutes of ice time. Two assists give Draisaitl nine points (2-7-9) in 37 games on the season. Would be fairly surprised if tonight's game isn't the last NHL game for Draisaitl in the 2014-15 season before heading down to the WHL for the remainder of the year.
- Since becoming interim coach, Todd Nelson has been on the bench for seven games. Scrivens has started all but one of them. I'm not sure if the jury's out on Viktor Fasth, or if Nelson is trying to make Scrivens stick. A little surprised we haven't seen more starts for Fasth during Todd Nelson's short run.
- Quick, who's leading the Avalanche in scoring? It's Alex Tanguay (12-13-25 in 35 GP) of course. No, this is not a repeat from 2002. Tanguay has a ridiculous career shooting percentage at 19%, and this year he's hitting them at 26%. That's insanity. Jarome Iginla is second on the team with 24 points. (9-15-24)