On June 29 last summer, the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils rocked the hockey world with a bold trade of former first-round draft picks, Taylor Hall and Adam Larsson.
Now, more than six months later, Hall and the Devils (16-17-7) will face Larsson and the Oilers (20-13-7) for the first time since that mega deal, when the teams clash Saturday night at the Prudential Center.
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The Islanders have placed Travis Hamonic on IR (retroactive to Nov. 5) and recalled Adam Pelech from Bridgeport, the team announced.
Hamonic is out four-to-six weeks due to an upper-body injury sustained in Saturday's overtime loss to the Oilers, according to Newsday's Arthur Stape.
He left Saturday's game against the Oilers after blocking a shot with his arm in the first period and did not return.
Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic left Saturday's game against the Oilers after blocking a shot with his arm in the first period and did not return.
After blocking a shot from Oilers forward Patrick Maroon at 12:13 of the first period, Hamonic grabbed his arm and skated off the ice, missing the rest of the game.
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The Islanders are set to host the Oilers on Saturday night at Barclays Center at 7 p.m.
According to STATS...
- Edmonton lost, 5-3, to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, dropping its third straight game overall (0-2-1 record). The Oilers are now 6-1-0 when lighting the lamp at least three times this year.
- The Islanders lost, 3-2, in a shootout with the Flyers and Barclays Center on Thursday night, and have now dropped two straight, and four of their last five tilts overall. Dating to the beginning of 2013-14, New York has participated in 39 shootouts -- third most in the NHL (21-18 record).
Tags: Edmonton Oilers, John Tavares
Paced by the play of Jaroslav Halak, the New York Islanders couldn't ask for a better start to their longest road trip of the season.
Halak and the Islanders can improve to 4-0-0 on the trek and end their struggles at Edmonton by handing the Oilers an eighth consecutive defeat Sunday night.
The 10-year veteran had a 4.26 goals-against average while going 1-4-0 from Jan. 25-Feb. 13, then was benched for the next two games in favor of Thomas Greiss. Halak returned to the starting role for this seven-game trip and has led New York (33-19-7) to wins in the first three, allowing a combined two goals and posting a .978 save percentage.
The New York Rangers face the Edmonton Oilers on the road at 9:30 p.m.
According to STATS...
- The Rangers have recorded shutouts in back-to-back games against the Oilers at Rexall Place in Edmonton. The Rangers have never shut out an opponent three straight times on the road.
- The Rangers are 2-5-1 in their last eight games and have scored just five even strength goals in the six losses.
- The Oilers currently have five more wins and seven more points this season than they had at the exact same point last season and their goal differential has improved by 21 (- minus-33 last season compared to minus-12 this season).
- Edmonton has won four games in a row and are seeking their first five-game winning streak since March 26, 2013 - April 3, 2013. They've also won five straight home games with their with their last regulation home loss coming to the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 6.
- Tonight's game will be the 1,000th for Alain Vigneault as an NHL head coach. Vigneault owns a 538-349-77 record with 35 ties over 13 seasons with Montreal, Vancouver and the Rangers.
- Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle have each scored in three straight games for the Oilers. Hall has scored 20 of his 30 points this season on home ice.
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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall each had a goal and two assists and the Edmonton Oilers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-1 on Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Oscar Klefbom, Jordan Eberle and Mark Letestu also scored and the Oilers won for just the second time in seven outings. Anders Nilsson made 19 saves.
The Devils lost their second in a row. Kyle Palmieri had their lone goal.
The Devils are in Edmonton on Friday night to take on the Oilers at 9 p.m. ET.
According to STATS...
- The Devils have earned at least a point in 14 of their last 17 games at Edmonton (10-3-3-1). In their last trip to Edmonton (almost a year ago today -- November 21, 2014), Cory Schneider made 29 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Oilers.
- New Jersey's Adam Henrique has scored six of his team-high eight goals on the road. Henrique posted a four-game road goal scoring streak to start the season, but has just one in his last four contests away from home.
- The Devils are 5-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the game this season. New Jersey and Pittsburgh (9-0-0) are the only two NHL teams that are undefeated when scoring the game's first goal. However, their five games in which they have scored first are tied with Winnipeg for the fewest in the NHL.
- In the past six games since Connor McDavid's been out of the lineup, Oilers' 2014 third overall pick Leon Draisaitl leads the team with seven points (three goals and four assists). Draisaitl posted 16 points in his first 40 career games before the McDavid injury with Edmonton.
- Devils' goalie Cory Schneider has a 1.74 GAA in nine career starts against the Oilers. He's allowed two goals or fewer in eight of those starts, including two shutouts.
- The Oilers have 96 combined points by players 25 and younger this season (based on age as of November 20), the most in the NHL (24-year old Taylor Hall's 21 points are tied for the third most in the league by 25 years and younger players).
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The New Jersey Devils are enjoying a solid season, though they know they aren't making it easy on themselves by relying mostly on defense and goaltender Cory Schneider.
The Edmonton Oilers are trying to stay positive through some difficult times.
The visiting Devils are hoping to get untracked offensively and hand the Oilers a fourth straight loss Friday night.
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Up first is the struggling Edmonton Oilers (15-30-9), who are coming off a win the previous night in New Jersey. The Oilers are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games and are in the middle of a six game road trip. Edmonton has been without star forward Taylor Hall, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, and Benoit Pouliot. Ben Scrivens will also be out.
The oilers recalled?forward Ryan Hamilton and goalie Richard Bachman.
What Happened: The Devils got out to a 3-0 lead, only to see their lead evaporate behind four third period goals by Edmonton. Patrik Elias scored a shorthanded goal to force overtime, but New Jersey failed to score in the shootout once again, to fall 5-4.
Star of the Game: David Perron. Perron scored the game-tying goal off of a faceoff with a brilliant shot that beat Brodeur over his right shoulder. He also added the eventual winning goal in the shootout, with a slick backhand shelf shot to light the lamp.?
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This is the first in a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.
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- Full color and breakdown of New Jersey's second-straight home win, a 3-2 shootout victory over Winnipeg. (NorthJersey.com) (NJ.com) (NHL.com) (AP).
- Anton Volchenkov had an assist and was a plus-1 in 16:39 Sunday night, which is especially remarkable considering he injured his foot?in the third period. (NJ.com)
- The Columbus Blue Jackets won their sixth straight last night in a shootout in Detroit... (NHL.com)
- ...and the Chicago Blackhawks?lost?their second straight in regulation against Edmonton (NHL.com)
Tambellini might prefer to send Hemsky to the Eastern Conference, as teams will only play within their own conference this season.The Devils have enough depth on the blue line both at the NHL and AHL level to make a deal happen, but I question whether the Devils would want to make the necessary salary commitment to acquire Hemsky. Hemsky is scheduled to make a pro-rated $5 million this season, which would fit well into the Devils' $14 million in cap space. However, he's slated for the same pay day next season when the cap will drop drastically to $64.3 million. According to Cap Geek, the Devils only have a little over $32 million committed to five forwards, six defensemen and both goalies in 2013-14. Assuming the Devils spend to the cap ceiling (which they won't), Hemsky's $5 million salary would account for 15 percent of their available cap space in '13-14. Then, add in the fact that Adam Henrique will be an RFA, while Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Dainius Zubrus, David Clarkson and Marek Zidlicky will be unrestricted free agents and it seems entirely too expensive a proposition for the Devils.
The Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Winnipeg Jets would all like to add a playmaking winger to their roster and could target Hemsky.
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On Monday, the Edmonton Oilers notified the public that their ownership group was in Seattle. It was through a statement released on the team's website by Katz Group EVP Bob Black, and working under the guise that ownership was 'just taking in a Seahawks game' (the Seahawks played the Packers last night on Monday Night Football).
"I can confirm that Daryl Katz, Patrick LaForge, Kevin Lowe and others from the Oilers leadership group are in Seattle for meetings and to attend the Seahawks game.
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The New York Post is reporting that the New Jersey Devils are looking to acquire Edmonton Oilers' center Sam Gagner. The Devils are lacking depth at the center position with the injuries to Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson. Sam Gagner was drafted 6th overall in the 2007 NHL Draft. Over 4 seasons Gagner has played in 291 games with 173 points (59 G, 114 A). So far in the 2011-2012 campaign he has 1 assist in 5 games. If the Devils are going to make a move one could suspect that the Devils are going to have to give up some high draft picks and an up and coming prospect. Definitely give this article a read.