Oilers and the NHL are much different

Jason Gregor
December 23 2015 12:17PM

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The Edmonton Oilers are in a much better position today than they were on December 23rd, 2014, but they aren't the only team who looks at the standings and feels significantly different than last year.

The Oilers enter the Christmas break with 32 points (15-18-2) in their first 35 games, a massive improvement from this time last season when the Oilers had 21 points (7-21-7) in 35 games and were 20 points out of a playoff spot.

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Draisaitl's work in summer pays off in November and December

Jason Gregor
December 22 2015 01:38PM

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Leon Draisaitl arrived in Edmonton late in the afternoon on October 29th, two days after his 20th birthday. It was a long travel day from Bakersfield. He had missed his usual pregame nap, and when he arrived at the rink he was feeling sluggish but excited to be back in the NHL. He was slotted on the right wing with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and ended up playing 19:59. He scored two goals including the game winner in a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Very few expected Draisaitl to make an such an impact in his first game, but little did we know it was just the beginning of what would be an outstanding 25-game stretch.

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GDB 35.0: HOME ICE ADVANTAGE - Home cooking

Jason Gregor
December 21 2015 06:02PM

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The Oilers have won six straight home games and are 8-2-1 on home ice since October 29th. They haven't won this often when having last change since 2007/2008 when they were 23-17-1.

The last five seasons they've been dreadful on home ice.

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Are three scoring lines realistic?

Jason Gregor
December 18 2015 11:46AM

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Can the Oilers succeed with three scoring lines? Many seem to think they can and when the team is healthy Todd McLellan should run duos of Taylor Hall/Leon Draisailt, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins/Jordan Eberle and Connor McDavid/Nail Yakupov.

I see in theory why people are intrigued by this, but I don't see it being realistic.

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GDB 33.0: Start another streak?

Jason Gregor
December 17 2015 02:32PM

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The Edmonton Oilers and Patrick Kane will be looking to ignite another streak tonight in Chicago. The Oilers had their six-game winning streak end in New York on Tuesday night, while Patrick Kane had his 26-point streak snapped the same night at home versus Colorado.

Kane was only the seventh player in NHL history since 1967/68 to tally a 26-game point streak, and while his streak was more impressive than the Oilers', Edmonton's streak meant more to their group.

They needed some team success more than Kane needed personal success, but all parties will want to re-start a streak tonight.

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