December 30 2016 07:00AM
After going through the first five most-read stories and articles of 2016 yesterday, we finish off the list with numbers five through one. In today's list, we say goodbye to a few longstanding Oilers and hello to two new pieces that will be around long-term.
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December 30 2016 05:00AM
Leafs Christmas wish list, should the Canucks have taken Matthew Tkachuk, Jets bracing for expansion, could the Flames have a Calder winner, are people worried about McDavid in Edmonton, prospect rankings, the World Junior tournament, skill over heart, the best scraps of 2016 and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
December 29 2016 10:11PM
The times they are a changin. Kings lose, Oilers win. Final Score: 3-1 Oilers
December 29 2016 07:50PM
As the calendar winds down on 2016, fans thoughts will turn to the trade deadline, playoffs, and eventually the summer activities. One of the big items on the agenda for the NHL this summer will be the expansion draft, as the league stocks the new Vegas Golden Knights franchise. Who are the most attractive players for the Knights from the Edmonton roster? It's complicated, and likely to change by June.
December 29 2016 06:50PM
The Edmonton Oilers exit the Christmas break in second place in the Pacific Division and fifth spot in the Western Conference. They are hanging with the top teams, and as they continue their push towards the playoffs they will try to improve their divisional record.
The Oilers are 5-3-2 versus Pacific division foes, a massive improvement from previous seasons when they went 9-15-5 last year (4-21-4 in 2014/2015 and 8-17-3 three years ago), but they still need to improve within the division to make the playoffs.
They host the Kings tonight and the Canucks on Saturday, and both times their opponents will be playing on the second night of back-to-back games.
The Kings are without their starting goalie Jonathan Quick, and their second leading scorer Tyler Toffoli. Edmonton needs to take advantage or depleted team who lost 2-1 in Vancouver last night.