West preview... What now Vancouver?

Jason Gregor
September 11 2014 09:54AM

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No team angers the majority of Oilersnation readers more than the Vancouver Canucks. How I wish the Oilers were actually competitive during the past eight seasons, because an Oilers/Canucks playoff series, or even meaningful games down the stretch, would have pushed the animosity to extraordinary levels.

Alas, it never occurred, and in fact the Oilers and Canucks have only been in the postseason together three times during the past 20 NHL seasons; 1992, 2001 and 2003. I'll be surprised if it happens this season, but is this the year the Oilers finish ahead of the Canucks for the first time since 2006?

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West preview...Can the Flames score?

Jason Gregor
September 09 2014 01:10PM

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Our western conference preview stops in Calgary to look at the rebuilding Flames. They lost their leading goal scorer, Mike Cammalleri to New Jersey, and once again the biggest concern will be goal scoring.

The Flames played the most 5x5 minutes of any team in the NHL last year, but they only scored 136 goals and gave up 172. The only teams who were outscored at 5x5, but made the playoffs, were Philadelphia (144-150) and Montreal (130-135).

The Flames have to improve 5x5 if they have any hopes of making the postseason.

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West preview... Can the Jets surpass 84 points?

Jason Gregor
September 08 2014 01:17PM

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Our western conference preview continues with a focus on the Winnipeg Jets. This is the Jets' fourth season in Winnipeg after relocating from Atlanta, and they've missed the playoffs all three seasons. They finished with 84 points in 2012 and 2014, and 51 during the shortened 2013 season.

They missed the playoffs by eight points in 2012 and four points in 2013 while skating in the eastern conference. They moved to the west last year and ended up in 11th spot, seven points out of the playoffs.

They Jets don't need a massive improvement to make the postseason, but there is one glaring reason why they will could struggle to make the playoffs; Goaltending.

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West preview...Smashville

Jason Gregor
September 04 2014 05:36PM

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With every passing day we are getting closer to training camp, and as more players arrive in town I will write about them, but I'd also like to look at the rest of the Western conference. We know what changes the Oilers made, and most agree the team has improved, but have they improved enough to compete for a playoff spot?

Let's look at the rest of the west and see.

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Schultz contract and analytics

Jason Gregor
August 29 2014 01:46PM


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The Oilers signed Justin Schultz to a one-year, $3,675 million deal. Craig MacTavish had very high praise for the 24-year-old from Kelowna.

"I think he's going to be a great player and a great Oiler. I think he has Norris trophy potential," said MacTavish.

Fans have been waiting for "bold" from MacTavish, and there is no debating that is a bold statement.

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