Oilers on course to finally print playoff tickets

Historically speaking, when an NHL club finally reaches the playoffs following an extended absence of several seasons, it’s usually one-round-and-done with no real chance of gaining a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.

Currently in third place in the Pacific Division, the Oilers haven’t sniffed the playoffs in more than a decade after reaching the Cup Final in 2006, the season following the lockout. Paving block Otherwise, they own just one .500 season (41-41 ATS in 2008).

While clubs like Chicago, Los Angeles and the N.Y. Baseball league Rangers will probably be inactive as the trade deadline approaches due to salary cap restrictions, Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has been traveling around North America with cash in his pocket, looking at potential players that could propel the Oilers into the May calendar.

Some of Chiarelli’s targets could feature Arizona’s Martin Hanzal and Tampa Bay’s Brian Boyle according to several recent news reports.


Asphalt paving process Both are unrestricted free agents this summer, with several clubs looking at both as prized pieces to their Stanley Cup puzzle.

Hanzal would be the more costly player, but could lower his price simply to escape a 10-year prison sentence playing for last-place Arizona. Fastpitch softball pitching rules Boyle can score, posting 42 playoff points over the past two seasons with the Lightning. Dripping springs high school And standing at 6-foot-7, he would be difficult to defend by potential first-round playoff opponents in San Jose or Anaheim.

Boyle makes sense since Chiarelli and Bolts GM Steve Yzerman worked together on Canada’s Olympic management team and have a history. Backyard baseball 1997 There also remains a need to fill the defense in front of Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot, but there are few options this season unless some GM gets awfully creative.

Among goalies who could make a difference may be Mike Smith, who also plays for the last-place Coyotes. Backyard landscaping plans Despite the team’s problems, the veteran is not one of them, posting a 5-2-1 record in his most recent starts. Fantasyland He also was selected over Talbot for the Pacific team in the All-Star Game.

Purchasing the club in 1982, Ilitch’s Wings captured four Stanley Cups, and the President’s Trophy more times (6) than any other club since its introduction in 1985-86.

Ilitch also owned and won championships with baseball’s Tigers (two AL pennants), Arena Football’s Drive (4 titles) and even a pro slow-pitch softball team. Baseball america top 100 All were based in his hometown of Detroit. Garden of words english dub Outside of sports, the entrepreneur also founded Little Caesars Pizza.

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, despite the public stance of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, has given permission for standout center Nicklas Backstrom to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

After earlier stating he would not prevent Caps captain Alex Ovechkin from participating for Russia in the Games, to be held in South Korea, Leonsis granted Backstrom the same privilege to anchor Team Sweden.

Since 1998, NHL players have been participants in the Winter Olympics held every four years. Pitch dark pack However, Bettman recently told the media at the NHL All-Star Game that he does not anticipate players participating next year, part of the reason the NHL initiated the World Cup of Hockey last fall.

The Caps could play upwards of eight games without Ovechkin and Backstrom when the NHL plays games opposite the Olympics. Washington softball The Caps could also ask the schedule-maker to place their week-long bye during this time to reduce the effect of the players’ absence.

Speaking of byes, Washington is off this week, then opens a 3-game road trip. Francesca eastwood height The club’s first chance to break the league record for consecutive home games with five or more goals will be Feb. Facebook stock value 24 vs. Asphalt 8 download Edmonton.

Over the weekend, the Caps tied the mark (11, set by Boston in 1970-71) after dropping Anaheim, 6-4. Baseball drills Entering the contest, the Ducks had allowed the fewest number goals since the holiday break. College softball players Braden Holtby won his 14th straight game in goal.

Two weeks ago, we told you that Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson would be back sooner than later and to be ready to wager on him. Facebook mobile His return came Saturday, blanking the visiting N.Y. Garden state parkway traffic Islanders, 3-0.

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