Edmonton Oilers 2014-2015 News and Updates
4/9/14 – By the sounds of things, Ryan Jones will never be part of the Edmonton Oilers lineup again. After four seasons with the club, the winger has said publically that he is ready to move on. Jones was struck in the knee by a puck in late March against the Ducks and although the injury will not require surgery, the veteran will not return before the season finale. The Oilers last game at Rexall Place this season is set for Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks (min $62). The cheapest Edmonton Oilers tickets on Thursday when the Los Angeles Kings visit is a measly $12, 200 level seats are just $2 more.
4/3/14 – With Ryan Jones (knee) and Luke Gazdic (shoulder) out with season-ending injuries, the Oilers called up Will Acton from OKC and moved Phillip Larsen to the wing from blueline. One Oiler who hopes to be back in the lineup before the regular-season culminates is team captain, Andrew Ference, who has been out since March 28 with a partially torn pectoral muscle. The squad was set to record their second straight win over the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday but fell short after their mighty opponents scored three unanswered goals. Looking forward, the Oilers travel to Phoenix to finish off their California road trip; Edmonton is 5-16 in the last 21 meetings against the Coyotes in the desert.
3/28/14 – After going 10-4-3, Edmonton dropped three straight which summarizes their roller coaster year. Tonight the Oilers will face the Anaheim Ducks at home in their first of two meeting in the next 10 days. Friday’s matchup is averaging $111, $20 more than the April 6 game at Rexall Place. Loyal Edmontonians will fill the building and create a notoriously loud environment when the So Cal team visits; will it be enough to help the Oilers get their first win at Rexall Place against Anaheim since 2007?
3/19/14 – With Tuesday’s 5-1 victory over Nashville, the Oilers have gone 10-4-3 over their last seventeen. That puts Edmonton within one point of the Florida Panthers and within four of the Calgary Flames in the NHL Standings. With five more games in Edmonton, including one against Buffalo (avg. $47) and another vs. Calgary Flames (avg. $139), the Oilers are capable of extending their current streak. Cheap Edmonton Oilers tickets are available for under $30 to every remaining regular-season home game except the finale (Vancouver).
3/10/14 – The Edmonton Oilers were sellers in Wednesday’s trade deadline fare, trading Nick Shultz to the Blue Jackets for a pick and dealing 11-year Oiler Ales Hemsky to the Senators for a pair of draft picks. Shultz and Hemsky were two of the Senators four 30+ veterans dealt elsewhere. The Oilers did land goalie Viktor Fasth from the Ducks who is expected to start Tuesday against the Wild; the add gives Edmonton a duo of Ben Scrivens and Fasth which looks to be an upgrade from the start of the season. After five straight at Rexall Place, the Oilers hit the road for four in a row this week.
3/4/14 – The Oilers will play three games at home this week – Senators (avg. $68), Islanders (avg. $75), Kings (avg. $78) - after recently signing Ben Scrivens to a two-year contract extension. One day before the NHL trade deadline, the Oilers sent Ilya Bryzgalov to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 2014 fourth-round pick. Separately, Edmonton acquired Viktor Fasth from Anaheim for a third-round pick in 2015 and a third-rounder in 2014. The duo of Scrivens and Fasth will essentially replace the tandem of Devan Dubnyk and Jason LaBarbera from the start of the season – an upgrade to the Edmonton Oilers roster!
2/25/14 - When practice resumed following the Olympic break, the Oilers found themselves with quite a crowded blue line. Edmonton worked with nine defensemen, and two more call-ups, which means trade deadline moves are bound to happen soon. In addition to possibly moving Sam Gagner and Aleš Hemsky, the most likely trade to be made will be veteran Nick Schultz, who may be exchanged for a draft pick. See if the offensive trifecta (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle) and stellar goalie Ben Scrivens (first in the NHL in save percentage) can carry the Oilers into a winning season. Edmonton will meet the Minnesota Wild in their first game back from Sochi; tickets start at $12 for the Thursday night match at Rexall Place.
2/21/14 - Before the Olympic break, the Edmonton Oilers were 5-3-2 and showing greatly improved numbers over their early season record. Can they maintain the momentum for the second half of the year? The Oilers will faceoff against the Minnesota Wild when they return from break on 2/27 with talented addition Ben Scrivens (from Los Angeles) as netminder. Edmonton Oilers tickets are just $12 to get in on the NHL action! All three players Edmonton sent to Sochi will come back medal-less: Martin Marcninin (Slovakia), Anton Belov (Russia) and Ales Hemsky (Czech Republic).
2/4/14 – The Oilers may be one of the under-performing teams in the league but not as of late as Edmonton has won four of their last five. But fans have to assume that a change in the Oilers roster is palpable ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Most recently, the Leafs sent Mark Fraser to the Oilers for two prospects Friday. Sources say that there have been talks with the Kings about a Sam Gagner trade; the Forward inked a three-year contract with an annual average value of $4.8 million after a valuable effort last season for the Oilers. Will we see a revamped squad when the Edmonton Oilers return to the ice in late February?
1/30/14 – Did you watch newly acquired Ben Scrivens set an NHL record with 59 saves Wednesday night against the Sharks? The spectacular performance in front of a home crowd helped the Oilers shutout San Jose 3-0. Now, with three straight wins to their name, the Oilers will hit the road for four in a row. Fans won’t see their beloved team until after the 2014 Olympic games when Edmonton returns to the ice Feb 27 to take on Minnesota. Edmonton Oilers tickets are averaging $125 for the 15 remaining games at Rexall Place.
Edmonton Oilers 2014-2015 Season
Edmonton Oilers will start to reap the benefits from their rebuilding project in the 2014-2015 season. After picking op the No. 1 pick in the 2010-2012 NHL Drafts, and the No. 7 in ’13 and No. 3 in ’14, the Oilers are teeming with young players and their immeasurable potential. In his sophomore year, head coach Dallas Eakins will look to further harness that power and pull Edmonton up from the pool of NHL bottom dwellers. The front office made some additional roster moves that should bolster their rebuild, including the trade for Teddy Purcell in exchange for Sam Gagner (Tampa Bay) and the additions of Benoit Pouliot, Mark Fayne and Nikita Nikitin—not to mention, first round pick Leon Draisaitl. Score Edmonton Oilers tickets for their 2014-2015 season and see this team on the rise! See them open up their 82-game slate at Rexall Place on Oct. 9 against the Calgary Flames.
The Oilers have the third most expensive NHL tickets in the league, averaging $337. Last year Oilers tickets were the eighth most expensive averaging $175. The 92% increase in price since last year is the second largest increase of any NHL team. The Oilers have not played in the postseason for seven straight seasons but fans are finding optimism with the recent signing of hometown defenceman Andrew Ference and new GM Craig MacTavish. Last year the Oilers climbed the League standings and battled playoff teams in the regular season. Improvement from the young squad was noticed and has Oilers fans excited for the 2013-14 year. The additions of David Perron, Denis Grebeshkov, Andrew Ference, and Philip Larsen this offseason should help in the rebuilding process and add some needed experience to the Oilers roster.
The Edmonton Oilers will face rivals Calgary Flames three times during the regular season at Rexall Place. Battle of Alberta tickets are most expensive for the two March meetings, averaging $374 (3/1) and $367 (3/22); in fact these two games are the second and third most expensive games on the Edmonton Oilers schedule. The highest priced game comes against the Pittsburgh Penguins on 1/10 (avg. $412).
A new Edmonton arena is being built for the Oilers in downtown for the 2016 season. The $480 million project is expected to break ground this summer and the final product will hold 18,500 people.