January 13 2016 03:00PM
When we first launched OilersNation.com back in 2007 we intended on watching the Oilers return to the Cup Finals for the 2nd time in 3 years and become a perennial powerhouse of hockey. A model of consistency. A team studied by Coaches for a generation to come for “how to build a winning franchise.”
So when it became clear THAT wasn’t happening we started launching other team sites in 2009 starting with FlamesNation.ca. When that didn’t collapse or have a denial of service attack we started putting more and more sites out there creating 5 sites, partnering on 1 and buying 3 sites outright bringing the total to 9.
And today marks the 10th site in the Nation Network launching – WingsNation.com.
January 13 2016 08:00AM
It’s been speculated for quite some time that Kevin Shattenkrik, because of his soon-to-be unrestricted free agent status, will be shopped around the league by the St. Louis Blues. Recently, Frank Seravalli confirmed that speculation by reporting on TSN that the Blues have Shattenkirk’s name floating around the trade market as they look for scoring help. While nothing appears to be imminent, there’s no doubt that a lot of teams are going to be interested in Shattenkrik’s services, even if he's set to hit free agency in July of 2017.
January 11 2016 07:30AM
The Florida Panthers’ 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers last night extended the team’s winning streak to 12 games, the longest of the sort in franchise history, and has catapulted the team into a comfortable lead at the top of the Atlantic Division standings. Last night’s game had everything you would expect from the classic Oilers and Panthers rivalry, featuring a questionable open ice hit on Taylor Hall that was followed up by another questionable hit on Aaron Ekblad, all of which was eventually tied up by multiple fights and a very anticlimactic finish bogged down by a well executed trap.
Lost beneath all that action was the fact the Panthers were absolutely eaten alive, as the Oilers posted a 65.7 corsi for percentage in all situations and also outshot Florida 24 to 14 overall. Anti-analytics people must be doing cartwheels. This has been a common theme for the Panthers who, while winning games at an elite pace, are in the basement of the league in possession numbers. When looking at Florida’s underlying stats, and watching them get hemmed down by the Oilers of all teams, it’s hard to imagine that this story is much more than a mirage like the ones we’ve seen so many times in the past. But digging down even further, there might actually be something there.
January 08 2016 03:11PM
The Vancouver Canucks have taken their first dip into the trade market, acquiring Emerson Etem from the New York Rangers in exchange for Nicklas Jensen and a sixth round pick in 2017. Elliote Friedman was the first to break the news, although, speculation on this deal began earlier in the day when Bob McKenzie indicated that the Canucks could be in the hunt for the young winger.
Etem to VAN is being done. Nick Jensen and late pick going the other way.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 8, 2016
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January 08 2016 06:00AM
Jonathan Drouin and Kerby Rychel trade demands, Canucks too proud to tank, Jake Virtanen a Canadian villain, Jarome Iginla hits 600, Zack Kassian speaks, Winnipeg working on outdoor game, it's good Seth Jones is not an Oiler, Kings take on Lecavalier for some reason, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.