November 01 2015 06:50PM

With Darnell Nurse, Leon Draisaitl and Iiro Pakarinen in Edmonton, there's a chance for others to shine in Bakersfield. It's been a fascinating week across the prospect field and several names are worth mentioning for impressive spikes in performance. Let's have a look.

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Robin Brownlee
November 01 2015 01:38PM


The last time The Battle of Alberta had any real teeth to it, back in the 1980s when the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames were good teams that hated each other, there was no such thing as social media. No Twitter or Facebook. No fans talking trash at each other on hockey blogs and websites like this one.

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Two Teams

Matt Henderson
November 01 2015 10:29AM

The joke for the last year has been that the Oilers are “Visually Better”. The phrase is used in a somewhat mocking context now, but early in the year they HAVE been visually better. Despite this their shot attempt differentials place them in the bottom tier of the NHL once again. Maybe the problem is that we really need to think about the Oilers as two different teams.

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GDB 12.0 Wrap Up: Dr. Drai

Cat Silverman
October 31 2015 11:02PM

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Heyoooooooo, Alberta!

It's Cat Silverman here, reporting as your emergency call-up game day recapper. I'm taking time out of my Halloween here to give you expert(ish) analysis on the Battle of Alberta tonight, since our lovely friends over at Oilers Nation are busy making sure that the streets of Edmonton are filled with giant Eberle faces. Glad to be back!

Since the first Battle of Alberta was a barn-burner in Calgary (and by barn-burner, I mean Edmonton burned down Calgary's barn by making absolute fools out of the host club), it's only fitting that their second meeting of the season was just as.... uh, fun.

Edmonton went down nice and early, then stormed back. Then they went down again, then they came back, then... 

Yeah, the Oilers lost. 

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October 31 2015 11:06AM

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The Battle of Alberta used to be something else, but decades of decline in the on-ice product (in both cities) left the rivalry in ashes. Low moments and constant nadirs brought diamonds by the dozen to our part of the world, and tonight these two teams—stacked with brilliant, youthful talent—are actually playing for something important.

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