Cutting Through the Bottom Six Mess

Jonathan Willis
January 15 2016 11:41AM

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Thursday’s game against San Jose was notable in a few different ways, and one of them was the changes to the forward lineup. The arrival of Zack Kassian and return of Nail Yakupov, combined with the waiving of Rob Klinkhammer gave Todd McLellan a few more options up front and the Oilers a better shot at a functional bottom-six.

There’s more work to be done, though.

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THE NATION REPORT CARD BY PRINT MACHINE (1.15.16)

baggedmilk
January 15 2016 09:57AM

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Another week is in the book and that means we're back with another round of judging the Oilers through the power of pollz. You know the Oilers, and the report card is your opportunity to judge them accordingly. My friends, it's time to take out the frustration of your failed NHL dreams in this week's edition of the Nation Report Card.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 15 2016 06:00AM

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Could oil prices turn the Flames into a budget team, Canucks trade for Etem, clear benches with the Panthers, Jets great goaltending prospect, Connor McDavid's birthday, Lou Lamoriello trade history, Kevin Shattenkirk rumored availability, WingsNation launches, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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GDB 45.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Sharks

baggedmilk
January 14 2016 11:24PM

At least we got a point? Final Score: 2-1 Sharks in the shootout

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GDB 45.0: The Sharks are circling

Jason Gregor
January 14 2016 01:43PM

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I went through the schedule over the last five seasons and I couldn't find a three-game stretch where the Oilers lost three games they easily could have won. Bad luck -- three own-goals in one period -- hurt them versus the Lighting, and big errors cost them versus the Panthers and Coyotes.

The Oilers controlled much of the play during the past three games, but only managed one point. We've all witnessed them play bad hockey, or simply get outplayed by better teams the past five seasons, but I'm not sure this team has had three more consecutive frustrating results when they play well.

Some will say: who cares? They still lost. Others will see progress in that they aren't getting dominated.

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