GSB 41.0: BOA

Wanye
April 13 2013 03:23PM

It's that time again Calgary. You managed to get ahead of the Mighty Oil by a measly two goals last Battle of Alberta. Fortunately the good guys dug deep and managed to pump eight straight past your goaltending duo. Eight. Straight. Goals.

Let the soundtrack be the sequel to Gangham Style which dropped today. We have a few things to say.

YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG

Perhaps someone can explain why the Flames have won two of your last three games since selling off everything of value in the Saddledome including the scoreboard. Do the remaining "NHL calibre players" not understand what needs to happen from here on out? You need to l-o-s-e. Every game. Not squeak out shootout victories in Phoenix and celebrate like you are a few good powerplays away from being back on top.

You're so bad down in Calgary that you are bad at being bad. Let that sink in. Up here we are great at being bad. Hell the Oilers are the Lebron Jameseses of being bad - we understand exactly what it takes. A burning desire to see your squad crater into the league basement at 800 km/h, the ability to mail it in on any given night. You have to want it for heaven's sakes.

Fortunately the Oil will show you how to spectacularly implode as they look to pump another 8 past you tonight. Think of it as helping kick off your 6 year rebuild.

FIRST GAME FOR @17SAMB

Speaking of people who are doing it wrong the residents of the venerable Wanye Manor here in Edmonton have elected to scalp tickets for tonight and take Edmonton's newest permanent resident - former Morningside Panther Sam Brown - to his first Oilers game.

This guy is one hell of an Oiler fan already mind you - he knows the team from tip to toe and has been streaming games from Australia all year. He knows that Tambo is an indecisive wreck riddled with crippling second guessing and is more interested in solving the Caramilk Mystery than he is figuring out how to take the Oilers to the next level.

But we still have blind faith in the Oilers up here. Yes they may have cooled off after being red hot and yes it's not looking good for the Mighty Oil to streak into the post season. But you gotta keep the faith that selling most of the furniture in the Manor and going to a Saturday Night Battle of Alberta will result in victorious mayhem.

You think the Oil are going to let down Sam Brown at his first Oilers game?

Please. Chalk this up as a win right now.

LINES: OILERS

According to the Oilers official twitter feed there will be no changes in the Oilers lineup from last game

F

Hall-RNH-Eberle

Paajarvi-Gagner-Yakupov

Jones-Horcoff-Petrell

Smyth-Smithson-Brown

D

Smid/Petry

N.Schultz/J.Schultz

Whitney/Fistric

Khabibulin gets the start in net.

LINES: FLAMES

The Flames lineup is hard to determine tonight. Their official site has no mention of how things are shaping up, nor does their twitter feed. The ever helpful folks over at Coppernblue have published the lineup below which is quite a different squadron than suggested in the Edmonton Sun today. It's almost as though the Flames themselves are running a smoke screen to mask how far the franchise has fallen.

Anyways, the "lines" are as follows:

F

Horak - Cammalleri - Baertschi

Glencross- Backlund - Stempniak

Hanowski - Reinhart - Jones

Jackman - Cervenka - McGrattan

D

Giordano/Wideman

Brodie/Sarich

Butler/Carson

Joey MacDonald gets the start tonight until he is inevitably pulled.

Note: Rumour has it that Glencross is out too with some sort of mystery illness - most likely being sick of being a Flame. If this happens chuck another crumb you have never heard of onto a line randomly.

Note 2: In addition to having one of the worst lineups in the NHL, the Flames have to be near the top for the hardest lineup to spell. Who the hell are any of these players? What the hell is a Ben Hanowski?

PREDICTIONS

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oilers win 5-2 on goals from Hall, Eberle (2), J. Schultz and Yakupov. Scoring for Calgary "who cares" and "some guy you quasi know"

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers remember that they might be on the outside looking in this year but the Flames are on the outside of the outside looking in. They shell them into oblivion.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After lumbering into his perch in the press box Flames GM Jay Feaster will scan the lineup for tonight's match. "Jeez the Flames don't look very good on paper do they?" After it's brought to his attention that it is in fact his job to fix the lineup he will dimly shrug his shoulders and say "nothing that can't keep till the summer am I right? Now where's that free popcorn I heard about up here?"

From across the press box Steve Tambellini smiles knowingly and gives him the thumbs up.

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#151 McRib
April 13 2013, 10:48PM
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Why is Justin Schultz a defenseman ?!?!?!? He needs to be moved up to forward ASAP!!!

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#152 Jakethesnake
April 13 2013, 10:49PM
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The oilers are a joke. Top to bottem. And this from a lifetime diehard oil fan. A complete fn joke.

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#153 Colin.S
April 13 2013, 10:51PM
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McRib wrote:

My bad, his comment bashing the Flames was so irrelevant I guess I had selective hearing. Haha. It was bang on for the Oilers, look at tonight an AHL team comes into to their barn and is fearless of them.

He's wrong though, look at Chicago and Detroit, they are two of the most skilled and successful teams in the NHL(though Detroit may miss the playoffs this year) and they have the least amount of hits in the NHL, Vancouver is also in the bottom of the NHL in terms of hits and I'd take their record any day.

It is NOT hits that have any effect on the outcome of a hockey game, it is things like puck possession, shooting and transition. The Oilers don't have a hitting problem, they have a "Our defense is good for an AHL team" problem. They thought picking up a J. Schultz and then down grading the rest of their D would solve their problems, however it's something the Oilers haven't addressed. Even with all their high picks they never addressed their D.

Same reason I want the Flames to prioritize selecting a Forward in the draft. The Flames have some decent looking Defensemen in the system, not so much outside of Baertschi for forwards.

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#154 clyde
April 13 2013, 10:51PM
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DSF wrote:

Justin Schultz is NOT an NHL defenseman.

If he hasbupside, send him down and letvhim develop becausebhe is so bad in his own zone it is pathetic.

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#155 Willi P
April 13 2013, 10:52PM
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@ Wanye

PREDICTIONS

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oilers win 5-2 on goals from Hall, Eberle (2), J. Schultz and Yakupov. Scoring for Calgary "who cares" and "some guy you quasi know"

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers remember that they might be on the outside looking in this year but the Flames are on the outside of the outside looking in. They shell them into oblivion.

har har. Better luck next year, it will be the Oil's year again, just like the last many, many years past

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#156 Oilcruzer
April 13 2013, 10:54PM
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K - on Wednesday I'm starting a "Good Bye Tambo" Chant.

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#157 Deaner_
April 13 2013, 10:56PM
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The Heat are playing great tonight

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#158 Scary Gary
April 13 2013, 10:57PM
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Deaner_ wrote:

The Heat are playing great tonight

Except for Aliu, he's brutal, I can't wait until Bouma is back next year.

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#159 FireOnIce
April 13 2013, 10:58PM
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So, where are all those goals from the Nuge, Hallsy, and Yaks? I thought Hall was on pace for 800 points this season - it certainly can't help the next "Great One" if he doesn't score, or assist, or play all that well.

In the immortal words of Nelson Muntz: "HA HA!"

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#160 Scary Gary
April 13 2013, 10:58PM
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Five straight loses for the oilers, ouch!

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#161 Scoring_guru
April 13 2013, 10:59PM
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Wow. 6 minutes for Cervenka. Hartley hates him.

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#162 schevvy
April 13 2013, 11:00PM
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Best game of the year. That was great

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#163 Vintage Flame
April 13 2013, 11:00PM
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Bahahahahahahaha.. Say goodnight Edmonton!

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#164 Colin.S
April 13 2013, 11:00PM
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Gotta hand it to the CBC camera man, nice of them to show the sad Oilers going to the locker room for so long so they can show off those girls in the backround, I'M ON TO YOU PERVERTED CBC CAMERA MAN!!!!

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#165 clyde
April 13 2013, 11:01PM
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Scoring_guru wrote:

Wow. 6 minutes for Cervenka. Hartley hates him.

yep, not going to be part of the rebuild

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#166 Rod from Viking
April 13 2013, 11:01PM
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Petrell best Oiler,Jackman best Flame, CBC crew brutal Flame Homers, for next year season tickets Mastercard.

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#167 Quintana
April 13 2013, 11:01PM
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FIRE TAMBO AND KRUEGER!!! We just lost to the worst team in the NHL!! just pathetic!!

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#168 Gus
April 13 2013, 11:03PM
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Love it.. Suck it coilers !

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#169 Parallex
April 13 2013, 11:03PM
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They sure are buildin' something special up in Edmonton aren't they. Solid win for the Abbotsford Flames.

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#170 Scary Gary
April 13 2013, 11:04PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Petrell best Oiler,Jackman best Flame, CBC crew brutal Flame Homers, for next year season tickets Mastercard.

Oilers didn't give them much to talk about.

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#171 mr_nihilism
April 13 2013, 11:04PM
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I really don't need to watch what remains of the season. Just go ahead and lose and get another draft pick, blah blah whatever.

Tomorrow's paper should be good for a laugh as I read all the excuses for why they didn't win this f$&$# one.

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#172 seve927
April 13 2013, 11:04PM
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You know what, that was worth it. The comments from the Coil last game about how they'd left us behind. Ouch! What's it feel like tonight? All they need is another power play specialist and they'll be absolutely unbeatable.

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#173 Quintana
April 13 2013, 11:04PM
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schevvy wrote:

Best game of the year. That was great

Best game of the year was last week in Calgary!!!!

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#174 washed up
April 13 2013, 11:04PM
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There's no chance of playoffs. May as well go for the best pick posible.

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#175 McRib
April 13 2013, 11:06PM
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@Colin.S

I agree that he is wrong for it being that relevant, especially when you consider where Chicago, Detroit and Vancouver sit. But they don't need to hit because they dominate puck possession. Edmonton though does not dominate puck possession, haha. And at least Chicago and Vancouver have guys who can hit... Edmonton is SOOOOOOOOOO SOFT its ridiculous!!! They are soft at forward and soft on defence!! When Smid is your best defenseman you have serious issues!!!

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#176 NewAgeSys
April 13 2013, 11:08PM
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How embarrasing, getting booed right out of your own barn by your own fans, and deserving it.

I hope someone is paying attention, for christs sakes in a shortened season where we missed most of our games you might think the team would want to reward our loyalty with a few goddam fight, what a bunch of pussycats.

This will not be forgotten by the fans next year, this has been one of the biggest rollovers in Oilers history, we better lose every freaking game left and try to get a high draft pick, every dam one we need to turtle on just like tonight.

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#177 schevvy
April 13 2013, 11:08PM
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The Oilers got dominated by the Abbotsford Heat. I think they've got some serious issues.

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#178 Scary Gary
April 13 2013, 11:09PM
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schevvy wrote:

The Oilers got dominated by the Abbotsford Heat. I think they've got some serious issues.

I can't stop smiling haha.

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#179 Schmenkley
April 13 2013, 11:11PM
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Dare we say it.......are we ahead of the Edmonton rebuild.....ALREADY!!?

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#180 Jeff Lebowski
April 13 2013, 11:11PM
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Scoring_guru wrote:

Wow. 6 minutes for Cervenka. Hartley hates him.

Cervenka is not an NHL player. The wind would knock him down. He plays scared.

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#181 mr_nihilism
April 13 2013, 11:13PM
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Schmenkley wrote:

Dare we say it.......are we ahead of the Edmonton rebuild.....ALREADY!!?

Probably.

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#182 hunkybill
April 13 2013, 11:13PM
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That does not sound like the system.

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#183 Scoring_guru
April 13 2013, 11:15PM
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Max Reinhart's mom is smokin'!!

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#184 Quintana
April 13 2013, 11:15PM
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Schmenkley wrote:

Dare we say it.......are we ahead of the Edmonton rebuild.....ALREADY!!?

No ........your new guys are the new Cogliano-Nilsson-Gagner line.

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#185 Rod from Viking
April 13 2013, 11:15PM
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Boy Max Reinhart sure looks like Ryan Smyth, He is tied with him for goals too.

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#186 Emir
April 13 2013, 11:18PM
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washed up wrote:

There's no chance of playoffs. May as well go for the best pick posible.

ROFL that wont help. The oilers need to play with pride and figure it out.

I really expected more from the oilers.

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#187 Captain Ron
April 13 2013, 11:18PM
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Not too crazy about us winning many more games but beating the Oilers is really gratifying.

Nice dominating performance in the 3rd period tonight.

Listening to the fans booing the Oilers off the ice was sweet revenge.

Great job by the young Flames tonight.

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#188 Scary Gary
April 13 2013, 11:18PM
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Haha great Reinhart brother interview.

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#189 seve927
April 13 2013, 11:18PM
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NewAgeSys wrote:

How embarrasing, getting booed right out of your own barn by your own fans, and deserving it.

I hope someone is paying attention, for christs sakes in a shortened season where we missed most of our games you might think the team would want to reward our loyalty with a few goddam fight, what a bunch of pussycats.

This will not be forgotten by the fans next year, this has been one of the biggest rollovers in Oilers history, we better lose every freaking game left and try to get a high draft pick, every dam one we need to turtle on just like tonight.

Yep. Get back to Oiler hockey. Lose, lose, lose! That's obviously how to build a winner!

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#190 Joe
April 13 2013, 11:18PM
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I can happily watch the Flames lose the remaining games now and sore a high pick. So happy the Oil miss the dance again! HA!

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#191 TonyT
April 13 2013, 11:20PM
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I'm a diehard Oilers fan but I just can't take it anymore. Unless there are significant changes in the offseason, I'm going to have to join DSF and just point out all the mistakes the Oilers make as there is literally no hope...

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#192 DSF
April 13 2013, 11:21PM
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TonyT wrote:

I'm a diehard Oilers fan but I just can't take it anymore. Unless there are significant changes in the offseason, I'm going to have to join DSF and just point out all the mistakes the Oilers make as there is literally no hope...

Welcome aboard.

The buffet is open 24 hours a day.

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#193 McRib
April 13 2013, 11:21PM
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@Jeff Lebowski

So then the Oilers should definitely pick Chervenka up this summer!!

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#194 Schmenkley
April 13 2013, 11:23PM
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Quintana wrote:

No ........your new guys are the new Cogliano-Nilsson-Gagner line.

Krueger could have used that line tonight, might have helped.

CERTAINLY wouldn't have hurt any worse....

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#195 Scoring_guru
April 13 2013, 11:25PM
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Where is Ryan Smyth on this team? Shouldn't he be some sort of leader on the Oilers?

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#196 Fresh Mess
April 13 2013, 11:25PM
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Don't worry. As long as the Oilers win two in a row before the end of the season the bipolar delusionals' here on ON will be feeling optimistic about the future again.

Lowe will assure Katz that this is exactly how he and Tambellini envisioned this season, and that the rebuild is right on track.

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#197 TonyT
April 13 2013, 11:31PM
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Remember when the Oilers management gave the Oilers a "vote of confidence"? LOL #epicfail #FTNF

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#198 Jeff Lebowski
April 13 2013, 11:34PM
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Is Weekes sweating or does he put glitter on his head?

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#199 seve927
April 13 2013, 11:35PM
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Schmenkley wrote:

Krueger could have used that line tonight, might have helped.

CERTAINLY wouldn't have hurt any worse....

Nothing wrong with Cogliano or Gagner. Cogliano would be a top 5 Player for the Coil right now.

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#200 beloch
April 13 2013, 11:36PM
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Dear Edmonton Oilers:

A) HAHA!

B) Please stop trying to steal our lottery pick.

P.S. Thanks for boosting the confidence of our rookies and giving Max Reinhart his first ever NHL goal.

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