GDB 81.0: HOME ICE ADVANTAGE - Farewell To An Old Barn

Jason Gregor
April 06 2016 01:08PM

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Tonight will be the Edmonton Oilers 1,429th (they had two neutral site games listed as home games) and final NHL regular season home game at the originally named Edmonton Coliseum, then Northlands Coliseum, then SkyReach Centre and now Rexall Place. It was also home to 129 playoff games.

The Oilers lost their first home playoff game on April 11th, 1980 when Ken Linseman scored in overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a three-game series sweep, but they won their final home playoff game defeating Carolina 4-0 on June 17th, 2006.

The first game at the Edmonton Coliseum ended in a 3-3 tie versus the Detroit Red Wings on October 13th, 1979, and tonight the Oilers hope to give their fans one final victory before they close down the old barn and move to a swanky, state-of-the-art arena this fall.

The rink is old, the lighting is the worst in the NHL and it is time to say goodbye, but it was a special place for many years.

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The Farewell Rexall Place Picture Contest

baggedmilk
April 06 2016 07:00AM

With the last ever game at Rexall Place coming up in a few hours I figured that today would be the perfect time to launch a new contest to commemorate the good times that you've had at the old barn. My friends, it's time to start digging through those old photo albums because this is a picture contest.

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Capilano Rehab Centre Injury Report - April 5, 2016

Chris the Intern
April 05 2016 04:30PM

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Is there anyone else that can get injured in this last week? Unfortunately, my wish from last week's injury report of the remainder of the team getting injured just for funzies didn't come true. What we learned is that when you want the Oilers to be injured, and nothing is on the line, injuries don't happen. When we are still in a playoff push and everything matters, we need to order foam rollers and arm braces in bulk from Costco. 

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JUST VISITING . . .

Robin Brownlee
April 05 2016 02:21PM

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I’ve got to admit, Rexall Place never felt like home to me. It didn’t the first time I walked into it back in 1989. It won’t the last time I walk out of it and it didn’t in the 27 years in between. Great memories? Sure. Moments I’ll never forget? Absolutely. But I always felt like a guest. A visitor.

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Justin Schultz, Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman

Jonathan Willis
April 05 2016 11:52AM

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Justin Schultz is off to a pretty decent start to his post-Edmonton Oilers career, and his stats line certainly looks impressive. He’s played 15 games in Pittsburgh, putting up seven points and an impressive plus-10 rating.

It’s a performance which warrants closer examination. 

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