OILERS' FAN GUIDE TO THE WORLD JUNIORS

Lowetide
December 24 2014 04:39PM

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Darnell Nurse will be front and center for Edmonton Oilers fans at this year's World Junior Championships. He's one of (at least) three Oilers prospects who will be on display at this year's Christmas party.

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The Kind of Goaltending That Makes a Saint Swear

Jonathan Willis
December 24 2014 11:45AM

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Every year there are a handful of teams that start out at a certain level – good, middling, bad – and are then either impelled upward by glorious goaltending or dragged downward by shoddy goaltending. A very good team can come *this* close to missing the playoffs if it sticks with Ty Conklin; a bad team can ride Semyon Varlamov all the way to the postseason.

Guess which side of that chasm the Oilers are on this year.

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Start Looking

Matt Henderson
December 24 2014 07:30AM

Burning Ship

The Oilers have apparently decided to burn the ships behind them and forge ahead despite the consequences when it comes to Ben Scrivens and their situation in net. They are going to play him until he finds his rhythm no matter how many goals he lets in (76 in total, 11 in his last 2 games and 5 minutes). That's great with Connor McDavid on the line but what about next year?

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GDB 35.0 Wrap Up: Coyotes @ Oilers

baggedmilk
December 23 2014 08:42PM


The holiday break couldn't come soon enough.  Final Score: 5-1 Coyotes.

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GDB 35.0: A Festivus Miracle

Jason Gregor
December 23 2014 11:54AM


Festivus was made famous by Frank Costanza in the Seinfeld  episode "The Strike" in 1997. He invented the holiday to serve as an alternate instead of participating in the pressures and commercialism of Christmas. On December 23rd, Frank and his family would celebrate Festivus.

There was a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum pole, and fun activities such as the Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength. If George could pin his father in a wrestling match Festivus would conclude for that year. There was also the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles."

It is fitting that Edmonton's final game before the Christmas break falls on Festivus. Regardless of the outcome tonight, the Oilers will enter the Christmas break with their lowest win total in franchise history.

Oilers fans have a lot of grievances this year.

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