Unleashed

Jonathan Willis
November 24 2016 02:30PM

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The Edmonton Oilers had themselves a game against the woeful Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. Not only did the team score six goals, but three prominent players who hadn’t been scoring much had strong nights offensively.

Were strong nights from Milan Lucic, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins a sign of things to come?

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Benning Drawing Some Attention (And Blood)

Matt Henderson
November 24 2016 12:39PM

Of all the off-season acquisitions that Peter Chiarelli made this summer, I didn’t pay much mind to Matthew Benning. I figured he would be AHL bound and a call-up option down the road when injury was bound to strike. I did not give him the credit he was due.

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NHLN Notebook: WCOH falters, shootouts and the John Scott rule

Zach Laing
November 24 2016 10:43AM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

Happy thanksgiving to our readers south of the border. 

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GDB 21.0 Wrap Up: Colorado Highs

baggedmilk
November 23 2016 11:01PM

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Three in a row and off to Arizona. Final Score: 6-3 Oilers

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GDB 21.0: Mile High City

Jason Gregor
November 23 2016 07:31PM

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The Oilers fly into the Mile High City with lofty expectations. A solid beginning to the season has them looking down at everyone in the western conference except Chicago and St. Louis. They should be satisfied with their 23 points, but not comfortable as Anaheim is one back, while San Jose and Los Angeles are two points behind.

Since the NHL switched to two divisions in each conference, 87.5% of western conference teams (21 of 24) who were in a playoff spot at the quarter mark of the season made the playoffs. Each year one team fell out of a playoff spot over the final 3/4 of the season.

Last year the Jets were in eighth today, but Anaheim, after their atrocious start, bumped them out. In 2015, LA was seventh and missed, while the Jets jumped up from ninth to make it. In 2014, Phoenix (now Arizona) was in fourth spot (14-4-3), but they finished ninth, two points behind Dallas who sat in ninth place at the quarter mark.

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