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|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on December 10, 2013 at 2:25 AM||comments (0)|
It’s hard to argue that the Oilers have had any kind of improvement so far under head coach Dallas Eakins. I say this having dug more deeply into scoring chance data from the past few seasons, and taking special but reasonable note of the fact that last season’s Oilers looked to be going sideways under coach Ralph Krueger, but also played the entire season against tougher Western conference competition.
This year, the Oilers have done well against Eastern conference teams when it comes to scoring chances, but have been about the same level of bad as Krueger’s teams against Western conference teams. In other words, in this crucial respect, there’s been no real improvement under Eakins.
This is, of course, reflected in the overall NHL standings. Last year, the Oilers finished 24th overall and right now they are 27th overall.
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|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on December 7, 2013 at 2:20 AM||comments (0)|
EDMONTON - If the Edmonton Oilers ever need a reminder about what key saves and timely goals can do for a team, they only have to look at their work in Thursday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Sparked by a hat trick from Taylor Hall and backed by a solid 33-save performance from goaltender Devan Dubnyk, the Oilers scored an 8-2 victory over the Avalanche at Rexall Place.
“It’s always a fun night to get a hat trick, but for us to win in the fashion we did gives us some confidence,” said Hall, who has four career hat tricks.
“Obviously, we’re not in the best spot in the standings, but you just have to come out and play your game. Some nights you’re going to get eight; some nights you’re going to get zero.”
Source: Edmonton Journal
The HockeyFanLand insight:
Over the last number of games the Edmonton Oilers have been inconsistent; winning one, then losing one. The one thing this club needs in order to be considered a winning team again is the ability to carry the confidence of a big win into the next contest. After defeating a team like Colorado who was 9-2 on the road going into last night's contest. The Oil must be able to defeat the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.
Good teams are able to use victories like the one over Colorado Thursday night as a season changing moment. If this does not happen for the Oilers; the team has bigger problems than can be seen by the naked eye.
this means that the changes would have to occur. Replacing regular players with players on the farm team worked on this occasion, however, if it does not lead to long-term stability something bigger has to take place.
|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on December 5, 2013 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Thanks to the Canadian NHL franchises the average value of the league’s 30 teams has risen to $413 million each, which is based on equity and net debt. This is a huge increase of 46 per cent from last year. Forbes, which began tracking the value of the clubs in 1998, reports that three of the five most-valuable franchises are based in Canada. These are the Toronto Maple Leafs ranked first over all at $1.15 billion, the Montreal Canadiens ranked third at $775 million and the Vancouver Canucks ranked fourth at $700.
The New York Rangers are the NHL’s second most valuable team at $850 million and the Chicago Blackhawks round out the top five at $625 million. In addition, all seven of the Canadian teams are ranked in the top 16. However, Canadian fans find themselves paying more money on average for tickets. Six out of the seven clubs charged above the $64 league average and the five franchises with the most expensive seats are all Canadian.
Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Maple Leafs are the most valuable team since they charge the highest average ticket price of $120. Montreal follows at $99, the Winnipeg Jets charge $95, Vancouver asks $90 and the Edmonton Oilers charge $79. The way the NHL is set up, the home team keeps 100 per cent of their seat sales each season. The Leafs raked in $2.2 million per game last campaign while Montreal made $2.1 million, Vancouver earned $1.8 million, the Rangers made $1.8 million and Edmonton and Calgary each pulled in $1.6 million per game.
Each team plays 41 regular-season home games, but the league played a shortened schedule of 48 games in 2012/13 due to the NHL lockout. The Winnipeg Jets are now worth a total of $340 million, which is double what the franchise was valued at when it was the Atlanta Thrashers two years ago. However, not all clubs are successful as the Florida Panthers sell some of the cheapest tickets in the league and are losing money.
As well as the Canadian teams making a lot of money for the NHL, the league has also hit the jackpot with its new 12-year contract for Canadian television rights. The league worked out a deal with Rogers Communications recently which will see the media and broadcasting giant forking over more than $5.2 billion over the next dozen years. The NHL currently has an American deal in place which sees NBC pay it $187 million per season for 10 years. That deal began in 2011/12 and still has a long way to go.
The NHL and the players’ union worked out a new collective bargaining agreement early in 2013 and the league is now doing quite well financially. The team owners and players will share the revenue from the television contracts and once the new deal kicks in next year each club will see their revenues increase. But in most of the Canadian markets, the fans don’t seem to get a break as the ticket prices just keep on rising year after year.
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|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on December 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
Patrick Kane is one of the most dynamic hockey players in hockey; he is certainly one of my favorites. In the month of November Kane's skills were on full display, as he accumulated 9 goals and 10 assists in 15 contests. During this stretch Kane help the Chicago Blackhawks win 12 of 15 games. While also achieving a career-high 12 - game point scoring streak, (from Nov. 3-27).
Fantasy hockey owners do not be surprised if Patrick Kane sets new career numbers this season. The Chicago Blackhawks are once again serious Stanley Cup contenders showing no signs of a hangover.
|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on December 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
Daniel Alfredsson scored a goal and collected an assist in his return to Ottawa, as his new team the Detroit Red Wings beat the Senators 4-2 on Sunday.
He's now closing in on a point-per-game with 21 (seven goals, 14 assists) in 23 games. He has five of those points in his past two contests. He might be getting a little lucky lately , but he's still generating fantasy value after all these years ... just in a different uniform.
The HockeyFanLand Insight:
Ottawa put together a nice tribute for their former captain and franchise leader. Clear now that Alfredsson might have made a great decision to leave town. He is fitting in nicely with Detroit and his former team is performing way below par.
|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on December 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin had only 10 points in 13 games played in October, but followed that up with 25 points in 15 games played to lead all scorers in November.
The Chicago Blackhawks embarked on their Circus Trip to end the month and Patrick Kane, the reigning Conn Smythe trophy winner, had a 12-game point-streak where he had eight goals and nine assists.
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|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on November 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Via Yahoo! Sports:
Ilya Bryzgalov will play between the pipes for the second straight night on Friday.
Advice: That's not too surprising after Bryzgalov posted a 33-save shutout against Nashville on Thursday. He will be facing the Columbus Blue Jackets this time around, who will counter with Sergei Bobrovsky. The two were teammates in Philadelphia and competed for playing time. Bobrovsky was eventually pushed out of Philadelphia because of Bryzgalov, but while Bobrovsky went on to win a Vezina Trophy in Columbus, Bryzgalov struggled and was bought out.
The HockeyFanLand Insight:
Bryzgalov, came to the Oilers earlier this month with a lot to prove. He was once an elite NHL goalie that a lot of teams decided to pass up on because of the scene that he created in Philadelphia which led to his buy out. However, Bryzgalov has already been a blessing for the Edmonton Oilers because he has created actual competition at the goaltending position for the first time in a decade.
Before the arrival of "Mr. Universe" in "Oil Country," Dubnyk had no competition for the starting job and became complacent and lazy let in one or two soft goals a game.
Now that, Ilya Bryzgalov is here we will have two extremely focused individuals to pick from to put between the pipes on a nightly basis and you go with the guy who is winning games. You can't expect a shutout performance every night but Bryzgalov is the player who gives the Edmonton Oilers a better chance to win as of right now so roll with him until he falters..
I've always thought of Devan Dubnyk as a reliable backup option. With proper rest Edmonton should have good competition at the goaltending position until seasons end.