What a difference a week makes

Jason Gregor
December 07 2015 12:16PM

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Last Monday the Oilers were shut out 3-0 in Toronto. After the game Todd McLellan challenged some of his players, and without naming names it was obvious he was referring to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle.

“When I look at this trip as a whole, we had some key, key people really under perform on the trip,” McLellan told . “Significant minus numbers, not hitting the score sheet. It can’t always be [the top line] that provides that.”

Three wins later the Oilers are out of the NHL basement, albeit by only two points, and more importantly they are very much in the playoff race sitting only three points behind Anaheim and Arizona.

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GDB 27.0: HOME ICE ADVANTAGE - Home win streak?

Jason Gregor
December 04 2015 06:18PM

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Todd McLellan and his players have talked often about the challenge to find consistency. It should surprise no one the Oilers have managed to win consecutive games only once this year. They won three in row on October 17th, 18th and 21st, but winning streaks have not been common over the past few seasons.

Despite the Oilers' tough start, they are a three or four game winning streak away from vaulting up the standings. 

This home stand is another opportunity for the Oilers to finally string some wins together.

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Thoughts on John Scott, Oilers and more

Jason Gregor
December 03 2015 02:20PM

We are in the midst of another online campaign to place another non All-star NHL player into the All-star game. Arizona tough guy John Scott is currently first in NHL voting.

In 2006/2007 "Vote for Rory" almost saw Vancouver Canucks D-man Rory Fitzpatrick play in the game. He was near the top among in votes, but a week before the game the NHL tossed out a large number of his ballots due to tainted results and blamed the use of automated voting programs.

If the NHL allows fans to vote for the starters you will always have ballot stuffing. When Montreal hosted in 2009 they had four players in the starting lineup, including Mike Komisarek, and when Ottawa had the 2012 game they also had four starters.

My issue with Scott's position is that many of the voters seem extremely disingenuous.

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GDB 26.0: HOME ICE ADVANTAGE - Oilers look to regroup

Jason Gregor
December 02 2015 02:06PM

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The Oilers are 3-5-2 in their last ten, and only Vancouver (2-5-3) and Carolino (2-4-4), who defeated the Oilers, had eight points or less in the same stretch. The Oilers are coming off a bad performance versus the Toronto Maple Leafs two days ago, and head coach Todd McLellan simply wants a better effort.

He was quick to defend Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in his press conference this morning, but also accurately stated RNH had a tough road trip.

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Players need to do more

Jason Gregor
December 01 2015 03:14PM


In a decade of bad losses, last night's 3-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs with a goalie playing his first NHL game ranks near the top. 

The Oilers are not a good team, again, and while it is nice to assume they will eventually climb up the NHL standings, until it actually happens this group of players need to take a long look in the mirror.

Every player can do more.

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