Talbot chasing a record and Oilers Trade options

Jason Gregor
February 23 2017 11:46AM


Cam Talbot has 31 wins, which for Oilers goaltenders is the fifth most in a single season trailing Grant Fuhr, Tommy Salo, Andy Moog and Curtis Joseph.

Fuhr won 40 in 1987/88, Salo won 36 in 2000/01, Moog won 33 in 1982/1983 and Joseph won 32 in 1996/1997. Fuhr started 73 games when he won 40 games, due to Andy Moog holding out for a new contract and then getting traded to Boston.

In the four previous season Moog and Fuhr always split the regular season duties, which is why neither won more than 40 games in a season.

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GDB 60.0: Battling the Bolts

Jason Gregor
February 21 2017 12:02PM


Game Day

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We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.

While the Oilers have been arguably the biggest surprise in the NHL this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been one of the biggest disappointments. They lost the Eastern Conference Final in game seven last year, after losing in the Stanley Cup final in 2015.

Many expected the Bolts to be a Cup contender, but they currently sit 23rd in the NHL, six points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wildcard spot. It has been a season to forget in Tampa Bay, and the Oilers will be looking for their first win in Tampa since December 9th, 2009.

It reads worse than it is, since the Oilers have only skated in Tampa Bay four times since that victory, but the Oilers have ended many long droughts this season and they'll try to continue that trend tonight.

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Monday Musings: Home ice advantage

Jason Gregor
February 20 2017 01:00PM

The Oilers haven't enjoyed home ice advantage in the first round of a playoff series since 1990. They did have home ice advantage in the third round of the 1991 playoffs, but lost to the Minnesota North Stars in five games, after winning the first two rounds starting on the road in Calgary and Los Angeles.

Edmonton won first round series in 1991, 1992, 1997 and 1998, all without home ice advantage. Then they faced Dallas in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003 in the first round, losing all four.

In 2006 they went to the Cup Finals and started all four series on the road.

The Oilers haven't opened the playoffs with home ice advantage in 27 seasons, but that could change this year.

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Trade Options: Right Wing

Jason Gregor
February 17 2017 01:18PM

Let's Make a Deal

We continue our series on trade options for the Oilers. We've discussed Thomas Vanek and looked at Brian Boyle. Today I will focus on one team with two right wing options. 

We are 12 days away from the March 1st trade deadline and we are getting a clearer picture of who will be sellers. Arizona and Colorado have been out of the race for months, and it looks and sounds like Dallas and Vancouver will join them.

In the East Ken Holland is on record stating the Red Wings won't be a buyer, and he has a few options to sell. Carolina, New Jersey and Tampa Bay haven't been able to climb the standings for months, so I'd guess they are selling as well.

I'd expect Philly to move one of their goalies at the deadline, and Buffalo should be a seller as well although a recent hot streak has them right behind the Islanders and Maple Leafs for the second wildcard.

Today, I'll focus on Dallas, who had a scout in Edmonton this week.

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GDB 58.0: Feisty for Philly

Jason Gregor
February 16 2017 01:10PM

Connor Game Day

(Photoshop: @NewfieMikey)

Connor McDavid vs. Brandon Manning.

It is a fun angle, but we all know they will never drop the mitts. McDavid is a scorer not a fighter, and Manning can handle himself quite well if need be. 

However, after their meeting in Philadelphia earlier this season, McDavid accused Manning of being classless for supposedly saying he injured McDavid on purpose last year.

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