GDB 16.0: Still searching for first win in West

Jason Gregor
November 11 2014 11:31AM

The Oilers don't want to talk about it, but the harsh reality is that the Oilers are still winless vs. the western conference. The Oilers are 0-6-1 vs. the western conference, 0-1-0 vs. the Central division and 0-5-1 vs. the Pacific, and until they can win in the west they won't be taken seriously.

The Oilers were in the exact same spot two weeks ago. They had won four straight vs. eastern opponents and were facing the Nashville Predators looking for their first western win. The Predators dominated the first period, out scored the Oilers 2-0 in the second and cruised to a 4-1 victory.

Edmonton is coming off their most complete game of the season, a 3-1 win in New York, and they will need a similar effort tonight if they hope to compete against the 9-3-2 Predators.

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Monday Musings...

Jason Gregor
November 10 2014 12:06PM

monday musings

I was on the road yesterday to Crooked Creek (in between Valleyview and Grande Prairie) for my uncle's 65th birthday party so I had to PVR the Oilers game. Even with the snowy conditions, that drive is so much easier now that highway 43 is twinned the entire way. It will be great, and much safer, when HWY 63 to Fort McMurray is complete.

I got up this morning to watch the Oilers play the Rangers. I luckily didn't know the score before watching, so it was like I was seeing it live.

Here are some thoughts on last night's game, the NHL, the CFL playoffs and some interesting comments on what players think about their head coach.

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GDB 14.0: Familiar territory

Jason Gregor
November 07 2014 12:11PM

It is only 14 games into the regular season, but once again the Oilers find themselves in familiar territory, a place that none of them or any of their fans want to be, battling for the basement.

Very few expected it to be this bad this early, most realistic fans expected no playoffs, but the Oilers are teetering on the brink of being in 30th place once again. The Oilers can play well for 50 minutes, but they continually make some egregious error that leads to a goal, and ultimately costs them the game.

Will tonight be any different?

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GDB 13.0: Unlucky in Boston

Jason Gregor
November 06 2014 10:55AM

The Oilers last win in Boston was almost 18 years ago to the day. On November 7th, 1996, the Oilers spanked the Bruins 6-0. Curtis Joseph made 25 saves for the shutout. The Polish Prince, Mariusz Czerkawski, scored a hat trick, all at even strength. Kelly Buchberger had three assists and a fight.

It was a rare victory for the Oilers in Boston. The Oilers are 7-23-4 during their 35-year existence on visits to Boston, so a win tonight would be the ultimate surprise.

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Jason Gregor
November 04 2014 10:44AM

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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