The view from Edmonton
-Here’s a great place to start. It’s the Oilers’ website, which might be the best one in the entire NHL. Chris Wescott has the game story, the live game blog, and links to photo galleries, Kings video, audio highlights and more. It’s also really cool that the Oilers display their line combinations both on their live blog, and on its own page on the team site.
-The great Jim Matheson, a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee as an Elmer Fegurson Memorial Award winner – he received the award in the same decade it was presented to Helene Elliott of the LA Times – has a great read. He caught up with Rob Blake after the Kings’ morning skate on Sunday and spoke with L.A.’s assistant general manager about his former role with the Department of Player Safety.
Shanahan, Blake, another former NHLer Stephane Matteau and others like Kris King, spent countless hours watching film of sundry bad deeds, most of them wallops to the head. They’re told to be tough on crime by the league’s GMs, until it’s one of their guys.
“We’re told in the summer to come down hard, then you act on a guy who’s had three suspensions before and his GM says ‘what are you doing? He didn’t do anything wrong,’ ” Blake said with a laugh. “The rules are there, but if it’s their team …”
Edmonton Journal: Hockey World: Cracking down on NHL head hits ‘not an easy job’
Also from the Edmonton Journal:
Jim Matheson: Last-minute call-up goalie Richard Bachman shines for Edmonton Oilers in shootout loss to L.A. Kings
Jim Matheson: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins looks like he avoided serious injury
Jason Gregor: When will enough Edmonton Oilers futility be enough?
-Note that you receive five free articles from the Journal per month, so you might want to avoid the Real Estate Classifieds page.
-Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun has a game story that includes game grades.
Edmonton Oilers lose shootout to Los Angeles Kings
-Copper & Blue recaps the game and has a special links section devoted to Corsi and other possession-based metrics.
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