The Edmonton Oilersannounced

The Edmonton Oilersannounced

Beitragvon laiyongcai92 » Fr 15. Mär 2019, 05:20

Tuesday that theyfired head coach Todd McLellan and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock.Edmonton is off to a disappointing 9-10-1 start this season Custom New York Rangers Jerseys , and it is three points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference's Pacific Division.The Oilers also went just 36-40-6 last season and missed the playoffs after reaching the postseason with a 47-26-9 mark in 2016-17.The 66-year-old Hitchcock retired in April after coaching the Dallas Stars to a 42-32-8 mark last season.Hitchcock initially announced his intention to retire at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, but he was fired by the St. Louis Blues during the campaign, which led to his decision to spend one season in Dallas.He has 22 years of NHL head coaching experience with the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Blues.Hitchcock has reached the playoffs as a head coach on 14 occasions, and he led the Stars to the Stanley Cup Final in both 1999 and 2000, guiding Dallas to its first and only Stanley Cup win in franchise history in 1999.Additionally, Hitchcock ranks third on the NHL's all-time wins list for head coaches, with 823. He trails only Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Joel Quenneville (890) , who was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in November.The 51-year-old McLellan spent parts of four seasons as Edmonton's head coach, posting a 123-119-24 record with just one playoff appearance.Prior to joining the Oilers, McLellan was the San Jose Sharks' head coach for seven seasons, during which time he went 311-163-66 and reached the playoffs six times.Despite the Oilers' struggles, Hitchcock walks into an enviable position since Edmonton boasts arguably the NHL's best player in Connor McDavid.The 21-year-old phenom was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft, and he already has two Art Ross Trophies as the NHL's leading point scorer and one Hart Memorial Trophy as NHL MVP to his credit.This season, McDavid has racked up 12 points and 16 assists for 28 points in 20 games, ranking him third in the league in points.The Oilers sorely lack secondary scoring beyond McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but if Hitchcock can pull the right strings and put together some quality combinations beyond the first line Ottawa Senators T-Shirts Authentic , the Oilers are a dangerous team capable of making a playoff run. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Colorado was due for a regular-season win against the Nashville Predators.Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves and the streaking Avalanche beat Nashville 3-2 on Tuesday night.Tyson Jost had the other goal for the Avalanche, who have won five straight. Colorado also ended an 11-game losing streak to Nashville in the regular season. The teams met in the first round of the playoffs last season, with Nashville winning the series in six games.Ryan Hartman and Kevin Fiala scored for the Predators.With the game tied early in the third period and Colorado on a power play, J.T. Compher slid a pass to Jost in the left circle. He sent a wrist shot through traffic that slipped by Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.“It was exciting to get that go-ahead goal there,” Jost said. “This was a really fun game. They’re a good team. We knew that it was going to be a big game for us.”Varlamov was particularly strong in the third period, when he turned aside all 20 Nashville shots he faced. His teammates helped him out late, blocking four shots over the last 2:29 with Rinne lifted for an extra attacker.“Young teams, you’ve got to keep your poise and your mind about you when things get a little crazy at the end of the game Ottawa Senators Hoodies Authentic ,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “They’re pouring it on, they’re pinching down on everything and we did a nice job of winning all battles and chipping pucks out.”Hartman scored the game’s first goal at 11:07 of the opening period. He sent a wrist shot from the left point toward the Colorado net that went off the skate of Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard’s right skate and by a surprised Varlamov.MacKinnon tied it 2:03 later with a power-play goal.Mikko Rantanen sent a cross-ice pass to MacKinnon in the left circle, where he beat Rinne with a wrist shot underneath the left leg pad.Rinne finished with 22 saves.“Tight game,” he said. “(I) thought we had enough chances to win the game. Give them credit, their power play was very effective tonight. It’s a good team. Obviously it’s disappointing when it’s a division game and you come up short, especially at home.”Rantanen and MacKinnon combined again at 6:22 of the second to give Colorado a 2-1 lead.In the high slot, Rantanen found MacKinnon on the right side, and he skated to the lower part of the circle and beat Rinne with a wrist shot low to the far side.“I was going to cut to the middle, I was just waiting for him to see me,” MacKinnon said of Rantanen. “He’s going to find me if I’m open.”Colorado is 11 for 22 on the power play in its last six games.“There was looks both ways and they took one more Ottawa Senators Hats Authentic ,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “I thought it was a game that went back and forth. There were lots of chances. Specialty teams (were) the difference.”Girard, playing against his former team, picked up the secondary assist on both of MacKinnon’s goals.Fiala tied the game 2-all at 9:06 of the second.From above the left circle, Filip Forsberg sent a pass to Fiala skating through the slot, and he was able to redirect the puck by Varlamov on the glove side just underneath the crossbar.NOTES: Nashville fell to 13-1-0 when scoring first. … After not allowing a power-play goal in five consecutive games, the Predators have given up three in their last two games. … Colorado has won five consecutive road games. … MacKinnon has points in five straight games (five goals, six assists).UP NEXTAvalanche: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.Predators: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.
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