The Oilers struggles continued this past week as they are in the midst of a seven-game road swing. The trip has seen them make stops in Minnesota, Long Island, Chicago and Buffalo, playing four games in six nights. Overall the team would go 1-3 during the week, falling further back in the Western conference standings.
The Oilers started the trip with a close 4-3 loss to division rival Minnesota before getting firmly handled on Long Island by the Islanders, 4-1. The trip did get some positive momentum on Monday night though when the team was able to knock off a strong Chicago team 4-3. Unfortunately this momentum did not last long as a stop in Buffalo produced another 4-3 loss.
Following this week the Oilers record now sits at 16-20-3. With 35 points, Edmonton sits in 13th place in the Western conference. They are 10 points back of the 8th place Colorado Avalanche for the final playoff spot.
THE WEEK AHEADThe Oilers will conclude this seven-game road trip to start 2012 with a little lighter schedule featuring just two games. They will start by visiting St. Louis on Thursday night, then will wrap up with Dallas on Saturday.
This next week could also see a couple key players on the Oilers roster miss some time with injuries. Adding to the already confirmed injury list, the game against Chicago saw the Oilers lose Tom Gilbert and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
. Although neither injury has been detailed yet, I would keep an eye open before buying either of these guys this week. Game LeaderboardSeason LeadersPlayer StatsNot a member? Sign up!
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4TH.
The newly introduced salaries for all our highlighted players will take place on Wednesday morning and will be in effect for Thursday's game versus St. Louis . At this time all remaining players salaries will be reset to their real cap hit values. Here are this week’s salary amendments:TAYLOR HALL ($4M > $5M)
Despite the team's performance over the past week, Taylor Hall
has been very productive. Hall would put up five points(3G, 2A) in the four games including multi-point games against Minnesota and Chicago.
Despite the little hiccup with the shoulder injury, Hall is having a very solid campaign for the Oilers. In this his second season in the NHL, Hall has 27 points(12G, 15A) in 31 games, good for fourth on the team.
With wins becoming harder to find, the Oilers young guns will be counted upon to help grow the team going forward. That being said, Taylor Hall
with the way he's been playing is still a good buy at the top pricetag of 5 million. ALES HEMSKY ($4M > $2M)
Despite having a couple of assists against Buffalo tonight, Hemsky had failed to register a point in his last nine games. Hemsky has failed to produce to the level of his talent this season and it's hurting the team's results.
Hemsky now has just 13 points in 26 games and is sporting a minus-five rating. This is nowhere near what Ales is capable of and so carrying a 4 million pricetag does not seem resonable.
If there is one positive here, it's that after a two-point night against Buffalo and now at a price of 2 million, maybe Hemsky might be worth a fantasy look. He could be someone's darkhorse pick if the price is right. SHAWN HORCOFF ($2M > $3M)
A goal and an assist over this past week has the Oilers captain on a slight rise. Having been dropped to 2 million last week, Horcoff will come up ever so slightly to 3 million.
Carrying a base salary of 5 million is just too much handle for Horcoff's 22 points on the season. Shawn currently sits at a team worst -11 rating and has failed to show any consistency to his offensive production.
One thing is for sure, if Horcoff wasn't worth a buy at 2 million, then he certainly won't be at 3 million. That being said, at this current price, Horcoff is still an outside fantasy pick.INJURY UPDATE
Tom Gilbert: Day-to-Day with knee
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Out Indefinitely with shoulder
Cam Barker: 3 months with an ankle injury.
Ryan Whitney: Day-to-Day with ankle tendinitis.
Alex Plante: Out indefinitely with a concussion
Author: Travis Knee | edmontonoilers.com