Ground To Dust

Matt Henderson
November 11 2016 05:17PM

The strength of the Oilers forward corps is the three scoring line concept that has seen McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins, and Draisaitl featured on their own offensive units. Now with Lucic assigned to Draisaitl’s wing, the offense is more spread out than ever. However, there is also a considerable amount of pressure placed on Edmonton’s fourth line. Are they handling their duties well enough?

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Oilers vs Leafs rematch gets picked up by NBCSN

Zach Laing
November 11 2016 07:00AM

NBCSN has announced they have added the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs November 29th matchup to their schedule.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
November 11 2016 05:00AM

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Breaking down the brawl in the Canucks Leafs game, how did Kadri escape suspension, Canucks need to score, Trouba finally signs, Flames prospect updates, Oilers are legit, Gretzky talks McDavid, early 2017 draft rankings, interview with former Canadiens stats guy, lots of fights and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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One. Two. Three.

Jonathan Willis
November 10 2016 06:16PM

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Top-six and bottom-six are terms that are instantly recognizable to the typical hockey fan. Used to describe NHL rosters for as long as I can remember, the former refers to the skilled, scoring forwards typically though to inhabit a team’s first two lines while the latter denotes checkers and physical players who occupy the lower rungs on the league’s forward ladder.

It’s a term which is increasingly out-of-step with the way that general managers and head coaches at hockey’s highest level build and operate their rosters. And anyone using that lens to evaluate the early success of the Edmonton Oilers is going to be missing a pretty significant piece of the puzzle.

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AT RANDOM: ON SECOND THOUGHT . . .

Robin Brownlee
November 10 2016 11:37AM


In a year when the long-suffering Chicago Cubs have won the World Series and Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States, maybe anything is possible -- like the Edmonton Oilers making the playoffs after 10 years on the outside looking in.

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