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They’ll host Calgary on Friday before visiting St.. Louis on Saturday to end the regular season.. “We want to be playing our best hockey going into the playoffs,” said Corey Crawford, 5-1-2 with a 2.05 goals-against average in his last eight starts.. “We’re just going to continue playing hard and get ready for the next game.” Though Quenneville wasn’t pleased, he is taking Monday’s loss in stride.. “It’s the one game this year that we weren’t at the level that’s needed,” Quenneville said.. “I’m not concerned at all.. Throw it in the garbage can and move on.” The Blackhawks, though, didn’t come out with much of an edge in their last meeting with Edmonton.. They trailed 4-0 within the first 12 1/2 minutes of the first period before their comeback attempt fell short in a 6-5 home defeat March 10.. That contest began an 8-2-2 stretch for the Oilers, who found themselves in eighth place in the West after an 8-2 victory over Calgary on April 3 extended their winning streak to five.. However, Edmonton (17-21-7) wasn’t able to maintain the momentum, getting outscored 29-12 while dropping eight of nine since that 12-game surge.. The Oilers lost 3-0 to Anaheim on Monday, the seventh time in nine games they scored one or no goals.. “The disappointment when you look at us right now is you don’t recognize the team that was in eighth place at the (36-game) mark,” coach Ralph Krueger said. source:–edmonton-oilers

Theo Peckham and the Edmonton Oilers

Theo Peckham and the Edmonton Oilers

They felt their current rotation of seven was pretty darn solid.. Not sure if Ralph and his coaching staff have been paying attention but that rotation, is one of the worst groups in the entire National Hockey League.. The continual flipping of Fistric, Corey Potter and Ryan Whitney has become almost comical and produced nothing but shotty performance from all three, during the Oilers most recent struggles.. At this point, you almost have to wonder if they would have run with five defenceman, had that injury bug hit.. In the organization’s defence, this is not the first time that conditioning has been an issue, when it comes to the hard-hitting rearguard.. Perhaps they have grown tired of his act and no longer see him as part of the equation.. Should that indeed be the case, no one would question them going in a different direction.. Having said that, why is he still part of the organization?. Cut him loose and let him get on with his career.. The Oilers gave Peckham a shot at becoming an NHL player, when they decided to call his name at the 2006 Entry Draft.. To this point in his career, he has not made the most of the opportunity and that is completely on him. source:


While with the Aces, Michaels twice was honoured as the league’s Broadcaster of the Year and was selected by the ECHL to broadcast their annual All Star Game on five separate occasions.. Michaels’ professional career began after graduating magna cum laude from Ithaca College in New York.. After calling football, basketball, baseball, and hockey games in western Pennsylvania, he moved full-time to the hockey world in 1999, joining the Colorado Gold Kings of the WCHL where he was the play by play voice for three seasons before moving to Anchorage, Alaska.  Jack lives in Sherwood Park with his wife, Emily, and their two children, Callie and Tyler.. BOB STAUFFER – COLOUR ANALYST Bob Stauffer joined the Oilers radio broadcast team in 2008 after spending five years as Afternoon Drive Show Host of “Total Sports” on the Team 1260.. On top of his role as Oilers Radio Analyst, Bob hosts “Oilers Now” on 630 CHED, Monday to Friday, Noon to 2:00PM Born and raised in Edmonton,  Bob played competitive hockey for both the Strathcona Warriors and the South Side Athletic Club and spent 13 seasons as the play-by-play voice for the University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey and football teams calling six CIS University Cup national hockey championships.. He also served as the Communications Officer and Broadcast Director for the University of Alberta’s Department of Athletics for eight seasons.. Bob lives in Edmonton, with his wife Kathleen and children Torrie and Hudson.. DAN TENCER – HOST Born and raised in Leduc and now living in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Dan joined the Oilers Radio Network broadcast team in 2005 as a producer.. 630 CHED made Dan the host of “Inside Sports” as part of their weeknight lineup in 2006, moving the show to prime-time in 2010, where it currently airs nightly from 6-9pm.  In 2007, he became the full-time host of the Oilers Radio Network broadcasts on 630 CHED, working pre-game, post-game and intermissions.  Dan remains active in the community through the Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters program and numerous other charities.. LIST OF STATIONS source:

Blackhawks down Oilers, clinch Presidents’ Trophy

Thanks in large part to playing their first 24 games of this season without a loss in regulation, the Blackhawks clinched the best record in the NHL for the first time since the 1990-91 season, the only other time they claimed the honor which assures home-ice advantage through all four rounds of the playoffs.. Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists while Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Johnny Oduya all scored for the Blackhawks, who snapped a two-game slide and upped their point total to 75.. Ray Emery started in net, but left with about six minutes to play in the first period with a lower-body injury.. He gave up one goal on eight shots while Corey Crawford turned aside all 14 shots he faced.. “The guys should be commended on a good win tonight and a good season,” said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville.. “The start of our year put us in a great spot, and the consistency has put us in this place as well.. I’d like to congratulate the guys; they deserve what they got.” Nail Yakupov scored the only goal of the game for the Oilers, who have lost three straight and nine of their last 10.. Devan Dubnyk allowed three goals on 29 shots in the loss.. “I wish I had an answer for you,” said Dubnyk.. “We need to be a group of professionals in here and we need to be proud. source:

Edmonton Oilers player grades — Blackhawks face little resistance in stroll to Presidents’ Trophy

rsz game46petry Edmonton Oilers player grades    Blackhawks face little resistance in stroll to Presidents Trophy

Not a pretty sight.. Nick wound up -2, was in chase mode defensively, and had precious little positive happening on his watch.. #19 Justin Schultz, 1.. It’s been hard to watch the promising young defender’s game come off the rails as the season has gone on.. Wednesday night may have been a new low, as the Oilers were outshot 14-0 during Justin’s (team-leading!?) 17 minutes at even strength.. In that time the Oilers attempted just 5 shots, 4 of which got blocked; the Hawks meanwhile had 23 attempts, just 1 of which was blocked.. I’d think about that a little more except my head hurts already.. #28 Ryan Jones, 5.. His work ethic stood out a little more than it should have.. Created some action around Crawford’s net that way, and a few scoring chances resulted.. His Neilson Number of +4/-1 was by far the best on the team. source:


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