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Game Recap 53.0: Edmonton Oilers at Arizona Coyotes (2/4/2020) – Oilers Nation

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Flush that one and move on. Final Score: 3-0 Coyotes

After a huge weekend that saw the Oilers close out wins against both the defending champs and Calgary Flames, I was curious to see what the boys would do for an encore. Would they find a way to put the hammer down and keep the good times rolling, or did they party a little too much after the last BOA/for the Super Bowl to be truly prepared to play? If I’m being honest, I was concerned that Saturday’s win combined with a day off for the Super Bowl would leave the boys feeling foggy/sluggish ahead of tonight’s contest with the Coyotes, but then again, I also thought that maybe I’m just not used to this ‘meaningful games in February’ thing. Surely they knew how important tonight’s divisional game was, right? Surely they’d be fired up to play? The bad news was that the Oilers had an objectively horrible start to the hockey game which wasn’t exactly making me feel any better about my initial theory.

Heading into the second period of a scoreless hockey game, the Oilers were lucky to not be down by a goal or two but they were going to have to do a much better job of getting pucks on net if they were planning to win. With only four shots through 20 minutes, the Oilers looked nothing like the team that pumped eight goals into the net on Saturday night and I felt that they were too often looking to make a pass rather than throwing pucks towards Raanta. And while the Oilers did play much better in the second period — yeah, I know it was a low bar to clear — it was the Coyotes that were able to manufacture the pair of goals that essentially nailed the coffin shut. Simply put, the Oilers looked out of sorts and a step behind and they didn’t look like they were anywhere close to being able to crawl out of the hole they dug for themselves. Yeah, they ended up getting shots on net but they never really looked dangerous as a whole.

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Down by two with only 20 minutes to play, the Oilers needed a McMiracle if they were going to salvage a point but they just didn’t have the juice to make it happen or to get themselves anywhere close. All in all, it was a disappointing evening for an Oilers team that had the chance to put some space between themselves and their opponent, and all we can do is hope that they come out with a better effort on Thursday night against San Jose. Flush this one and move on.

The wrap.

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  • The game is over now.
  • Mikko Koskinen was back between the pipes after a fantastic appearance against the St. Louis Blues combined with a strong relief appearance for Mike Smith the next night after Smith was given the boot for beating up Cam Talbot. By my eye and I don’t think it’s really that close, Koskinen was easily the best Oiler on the ice tonight and had it not been for him then this game would have been lost by more than the two goals he allowed. Koskinen finished the night with 24 saves and a .923 save%.
  • The penalty kill was solid tonight and the boys handled all three man advantages they faced.
  • Like shots on goal? The Oilers had more than the Coyotes did (30-27) so that’s cool, I guess.
  • At least most of the Pacific Division sucked tonight too.

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  • Conor Garland opened the scoring for the Coyotes after Ethan Bear gave up the puck on a weak clearing attempt that was easily intercepted at the blue line and quickly turned around for a prime chance on goal. As far as defending goes, the Oilers looked like they were back in the swarm days and it wasn’t exactly surprising to see the Coyotes cash in on the chance.
  • Lawson Crouse extended the Coyotes’ lead (2-0) with a shorthanded goal after getting some luck on a 2-on-1 when his cross-ice pass banked in off a sprawling Oscar Klefbom’s skate.
  • Christian Dvorak added the empty netter to seal the deal. *farts loudly*
  • That first period was about as sloppy as we’ve seen from the Oilers in a while and, frankly, they were lucky to come out of it with the game tied at bagels. I mean, it didn’t matter in the end but that was not the start they wanted.
  • The Oilers really needed their powerplay to come through tonight, but they couldn’t get anything done with their three chances.
  • To be honest, no one was really that sharp tonight and rather than single any one player out I’m just going to put the bulk of the roster in the face palmers instead.
  • What’s the deal with Tyler Benson not playing anyway? Is he refusing to shave his sideburns?
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1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
04:50 Arizona Conor Garland (18) ASST: Taylor Hall (30), Jakob Chychrun (10) 0-1
06:58 Arizona SHG – Lawson Crouse (13) 0-2

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
17:49 Arizona EN – Christian Dvorak (15) 0-3

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Thousands of tickets still available for world junior hockey tournament in Edmonton – CBC Sports

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Odd summer timing and an ongoing sexual assault scandal at Hockey Canada could be the reason thousands of tickets to the world junior championship are still available on the eve of the tournament, says an Edmonton professor.

Prof. Dan Mason, who teaches in the faculty of kinesiology, sport, and recreation at the University of Alberta, said when Canada hosts, there are usually so many fans who want to see the home team take the ice that they are willing to buy Hockey Canada’s packaged games that include teams that are not Canadian.

“So Latvia vs. Slovakia, for example, those games will be sold out as well because in order to get the tickets to watch Canada play, you have to buy a package that includes some of the other games,” he said on Friday.

“The fact that there are still Team Canada tickets available, that tells you the demand is much lower than it usually is for this kind of event.”

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Ticket sales for the World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton are below expectations as the tournament kicks of this week in the shadow of an ongoing sexual assault scandal at Hockey Canada.

The tournament runs from Aug. 9-20 at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

The initial 2022 championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., was called off Dec. 29 after just four days because of rising COVID-19 cases among players and officials, which forced game forfeitures.

The 10-country tournament will be minus Russia, barred from participating by the International Ice Hockey Federation because of that country’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Around 1,500 tickets are still available for purchase on Ticketmaster to the first game between Czech Republic and Slovakia on Tuesday. About 1,300 tickets are available for the next day when Canada takes on Latvia. About 1,500 seats for the final game are also available with hundreds of other tickets to watch the 11-day tournament.

This time of year, you probably already had plans to go to the lake … or do something summer-related.— Edmonton professor Dan Mason on poor ticket sales for an August world juniors

Mason said the timing of the games could be why interest is so low. The tournament typically runs over the Christmas holidays.

“Over the past 30 years or so, TSN has built the world juniors into this holiday event that people partake in,” he said.

“I watch it with my family over the [Christmas] break though so it’s kind of become part of our holiday tradition.

“This time of year, you probably already had plans to go to the lake, go to the mountains or do something summer-related. I don’t think we’re willing to give up those plans to watch hockey.”

Many people could also be waiting for a former judge on the Supreme Court of Canada to begin independently reviewing Hockey Canada’s governance amid calls for a change of leadership.

The review comes after members of the 2018 world junior team were accused of a group sexual assault after a gala event, and after Hockey Canada reached a settlement.

“I think there’s people who weren’t sure if they would go or not, and maybe deciding not to go because of that,” Mason said.

The CEO of Explore Edmonton, which promotes tourism in the Alberta capital, said in an email the marketing organization paused its promotion of the games in response to the allegations.

“As the host city for the upcoming tournament, we continue to have discussions with Hockey Canada officials about their plans to address the need for change,” said Traci Bednard.

Mason said inflation and less disposable income could be other factors working against the tournament.

“Canada may be more focused on that player development piece than trying to sort of make money off of a tournament being held in the summer,” he said.

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Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai has pledged his support of the coaching staff and front office after Kevin Durant reportedly demanded that the team trade him or fire head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks

Tsai took to Twitter on Monday, saying, “Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.”

Durant’s ultimatum is apparently a result of his lack of faith in the team’s direction, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported earlier Monday. The 33-year-old is firm in his stance, Charania adds.

The former MVP requested a trade at the end of June following a disappointing season that ended in a first-round exit. Little was known at the time about his reasons for the decision.

The Nets have reportedly had discussions with nearly every team in the league in hopes of getting a historic package of players and draft picks in return for Durant. Brooklyn reportedly proposed a trade with the Toronto Raptors involving Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes and talked about a deal with the Boston Celtics that would include star Jaylen Brown.

The Raptors, Celtics, and Miami Heat are seen as the most likely trade destinations for Durant, sources told Charania.

The Nets aim to take “every last asset” from their trade partner in any deal for Durant, according to Charania.

Nash, a Hall of Fame point guard, has been at the helm of the Nets for two seasons. It is his first job in professional coaching. Meanwhile, Marks has held the position of general manager since 2016 after being an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs.

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Canadian Leylah Fernandez begins her quest for her first National Bank Open title against qualifier Storm Sanders of Australia, under the lights in Toronto.

Fernandez, still only 19, is returning to action for the first time since suffering a fracture in her foot during the quarterfinals of the French Open on May 31.

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