Connor McDavid's First Practice with the Condors

Scott Zerr
January 26 2016 02:01PM

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Connor McDavid is officially in the nest. He won’t play with the Bakersfield Condors, but he will get into a series of practices and game-day skates just as he did on Tuesday ahead of the Condors game against the Manitoba Moose.

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TOP 100 OILERS: MARIUSZ CZERKAWSKI (82)

Robin Brownlee
January 26 2016 12:00PM

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Teammates called him Chow, but fans dubbed him the Polish Prince. He dated supermodels and married Bond girl Izabella Scorupco. Now retired after 14 seasons twirling around the NHL, he spends much of his time just being cool and golfing as a member of the PGA back home in Poland. 

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The Pacific War Room

Nation World HQ
January 26 2016 11:42AM

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In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!

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North By NorthGretz Podcast Episode 13

North By NorthGretz
January 25 2016 01:33PM

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This week we’re joined by host of Inside Sports on 630 CHED Reid Wilkins! Reid and the boys talk the Oilers endless power play slump, Oiler scapegoats, the Drouin situation and Reid’s love of fan suggested trade scenarios! Then it’s time for a round of Ask The Idiots where we admit our favourite guilty pleasure shows, reminisce on our favourite Rexall Place memories, favourite childhood toys and more! 

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Do coaches use analytics?

Jason Gregor
January 25 2016 10:51AM

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Not all coaches are the same. Some value analytics more than others, but I've always wondered how much or little coaches use analytics.

The game is fast. It features numerous unscripted and unplanned events. Some coaches will look for matchups as often as possible, while others will only do so when it doesn't interrupt the flow of the game or their bench management, and having last change will impact their lineup decisions even more.

I've long believed hockey is such a fast game with so many uncontrolled situations that it is very difficult to look at one specific analytic stat, or even multiple ones, to extract the exact value of a player, but I wanted to ask a coach who could give an honest answer without worrying about it impacting his team.

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