The Pacific War Room

Nation World HQ
January 26 2016 11:42AM


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


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


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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Robin Brownlee
January 25 2016 09:00AM


With the hockey world still buzzing and fans of the Edmonton Oilers still reeling from the sale of Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings in August after a fourth Stanley Cup win, the 1988-89 season would provide the local faithful yet another kick in the pills.

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Monday Mailbag - January 25th, 2016

January 25 2016 07:00AM

Mailbag 17

Can you believe that it's nearly February already? It's odd to think about the fact that we're over half way through the #1AD (after draft) season and we're once again talking about the likelihood of the Oilers being in the draft lottery. It's sad, right? Draft related sadness is a story for another day. On this day we take a look at the answers to everything you've ever wanted to know when it comes to the Edmonton Oilers, and life in general. My friends, it's mailbag time. 

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