GDB 12.0: A LARGE HALL TO CLIMB

Jason Gregor
November 04 2014 10:44AM

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The Oilers begin this five-game road trip without their leading scorer and emotional leader, however, injuries are part of the game and the Oilers need to prove to themselves, and the rest of the league, that they can compete without Taylor Hall.

It won't be easy. 

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Injuries, suspensions and waivers: Ference out 3 games.

Jason Gregor
November 03 2014 10:38AM

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The NHL announced that Andrew Ference will be suspended for three games due to his hit on Zach Kassian. Ference's suspension along with Nikita Nikitin's injury and Brad Hunt's demotion to the AHL means Keith Aulie will play his first NHL game as an Oiler tomorrow in Philly.

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Hall out 2-4 weeks.

Jason Gregor
November 02 2014 02:55PM

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The Oilers announced that Taylor Hall will be out two-four weeks with an MCL sprain to his left knee.

It was a freak injury. Hall went hard to the net and crashed into the goal post. It sucks he is injured, but he plays on the edge, and that is what makes him successful. He has altered his game over the years, but I don't think you can ask him to not play at top speed. I have no issue with how he plays.

With Hall out, the Oilers will need Nail Yakupov and David Perron to fill the void. It won't be easy.

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Ben's Netminders

Jason Gregor
October 30 2014 12:52PM

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The Oilers don't play again until Saturday, so I thought today would be a good time to share a conversation I had with Ben Scrivens about his new mask.

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GDB 10.0: The West is best

Jason Gregor
October 29 2014 12:40PM


The majority of the best teams in the NHL are in the western conference, and if the Oilers want to become a playoff team they need to beat some western opponents. It is great that they can dominate the east, but they only play 32 games vs. the east. The other 50 games are against big, strong and experienced western conference teams. You need to compete in -- and win -- those games if you want to be a playoff team.

The Oilers aren't changing conferences, so they better learn how to compete and defeat their western foes.

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