Holding the Blue Line

Jonathan Willis
November 06 2014 09:43PM

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The Edmonton Oilers weren’t very good against Boston on Thursday night, and a big part of the problem was an inability to hold their own blue line.

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GDB 13.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Bruins

baggedmilk
November 06 2014 07:43PM


So that just happened. Final Score: 5-2 Boston.

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GDB 13.0: Unlucky in Boston

Jason Gregor
November 06 2014 10:55AM

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The Oilers last win in Boston was almost 18 years ago to the day. On November 7th, 1996, the Oilers spanked the Bruins 6-0. Curtis Joseph made 25 saves for the shutout. The Polish Prince, Mariusz Czerkawski, scored a hat trick, all at even strength. Kelly Buchberger had three assists and a fight.

It was a rare victory for the Oilers in Boston. The Oilers are 7-23-4 during their 35-year existence on visits to Boston, so a win tonight would be the ultimate surprise.

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CHASER

Lowetide
November 05 2014 07:04PM

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When it comes to tracking prospects, I like to count arrows. Greg Chase (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) has posted a stunning number of good arrows since he was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers, and his World Junior experience at the summer camp for Team Canada was a tremendous positive. Tonight, Greg Chase's junior career is in limbo and his status as a Calgary Hitmen player is fluid.

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WWYDW: The Long-Term Defensive Depth Chart

Jonathan Willis
November 05 2014 04:38PM

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Over the course of the Edmonton Oilers’ error-prone rebuild, two positions have been and remain particularly weak: centre and defence. The centre position has been debated to death, but less time has been spent discussing the defence, which general manager Craig MacTavish took some pains to address in the summer.

How should the Oilers proceed at the position, both in the short- and long-term?

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