If the Oilers’ advanced stats are so good, why don’t they win hockey games?

Jonathan Willis
November 18 2014 11:59AM

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The comments section on this website was a little testy yesterday, and analytics in hockey were a target for many. It’s understandable; there has been a lot of talk about the Oilers’ improved underlying numbers while at the same time the team isn’t winning hockey games. So what’s going on with that anyway?

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Play Martin Marincin

Jonathan Willis
November 17 2014 05:45PM


Something funny happened on Sunday. With the Edmonton Oilers down a goal and the net empty, Andrew Ference was sent over the boards to try and help the team make up the difference. It was suggested that this was evidence of how thin Edmonton was on the blue line (it certainly is) but it was that moment that I recognized that on merit Ference was the best left-shooting defenceman at Dallas Eakins’ disposal.

That’s a problem.

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The Oilers: Do they have a losing culture?

Jason Gregor
November 17 2014 02:35PM


Do the Oilers have a losing culture?

The NHL is a results driven business, and right now it is impossible to say they don't.

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Robin Brownlee
November 17 2014 12:51PM

After a season that saw him almost fall right off the hockey map, former Edmonton Oiler Devan Dubnyk made his return to Rexall Place on Sunday by backstopping the Arizona Coyotes to a 2-1 win over his old team with a 33-save performance.

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Monday Mailbag - November 17th

November 17 2014 08:26AM


On the down side, the Oilers lost last night and we're all asking ourselves what the hell we're doing with our lives. On the bright side, it's time for the mailbag and should kill at least a few minutes of company time.  If you've got a question, feel free to email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Grab a coffee, make sure the boss isn't looking, and enjoy the mailbag.

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