New line combos...

Jason Gregor
November 05 2015 01:02PM

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Connor McDavid's injury and Jordan Eberle's return to the lineup has forced Todd McLellan to change his top two lines.

In practice, Eberle skated on the right side with Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins slid into McDavid's spot in the middle of Nail Yakupov and Benoit Pouliot.

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Goaltending 101...

Jason Gregor
November 05 2015 09:00AM

I was a goalie for one game in Tom Thumb. I didn't like it all. I spent most of the game skating in circles around the net because I was bored. Every kid got to be a goalie for one game, and if you liked it you could play again. I never did.

I did lace them up a few times in our spirited road hockey games on Apache Crescent in Leduc, but after taking a frozen tennis ball in the junk when I was eleven, I never tried goal again. Kids like Darren White were much better in goal than I was and combined with the tennis ball incident, my days of putting on the pads officially ended when I was eleven.

I prefer offense. I've always appreciated goal scorers much more than goalies, plus I understand the forward position much better. However, in today's NHL goaltending is crucial for a team's success, so in order to learn the position more I reached out to a guy who understands the position.

Today, we break down the Flames' game winning goal from this past Saturday night.

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McDavid injury update

Jason Gregor
November 03 2015 11:58PM


We won't know the official status of Connor McDavid until tomorrow morning, when GM Peter Chiarelli addresses the media, but it sounds like he injured his clavicle. "It will be long-term, he will be out for awhile," said Todd McLellan after the game.

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GDB 13.0: HOME ICE ADVANTAGE - Looking to bounce back

Jason Gregor
November 03 2015 04:43PM

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The Oilers need to bounce back after Saturday's disappointing loss to the Flames.

The Philadelphia Flyers have lost three straight, including a 4-1 setback in Vancouver last night and they enter Rexall Place with a 4-5-2 record. This is another team the Oilers need to beat. They will never improve if they can't compete and regularly defeat average teams like Philadelphia.

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Finally, some actual organizational depth

Jason Gregor
November 02 2015 02:53PM

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It has taken a decade but for the first time since 2006, it is beginning to look like the Oilers have some actual, useful organizational depth. Having prospects is one thing, having players who increase your chances of being competitive in the NHL is a completely different story, and the Oilers finally have some young players who are not only able to fill in when injuries occur, but are also contributing in games.

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