The Oilers are improving

Jason Gregor
October 21 2016 04:20PM

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“They are not the Oilers of the last few years, I’ll tell you that," said St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen after last night's 3-1 loss in Edmonton.

Usually we hear the hollow complimentary comments about the Oilers at the pre-game skate. "They are dangerous," "They have some skilled players," or "We can't get into a track meet," have been uttered hundreds of times by opposing teams. It was BS. We all knew it.

The Oilers did have a few skilled players, for sure, and some nights they won, but teams were never scared of them. If they lost to the Oilers then it was because, "We didn't play well," or "We weren't ready." And in most cases it was true.

For the past decade the Oilers have been overmatched, but Allen's post-game comments reflect an actual change in how the opposition views the Oilers.

It's about time.

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The Capilano Rehab Injury Report: Anti-Jinx Edition

Chris the Intern
October 21 2016 07:00AM

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It's the article everybody loves to hate! That's right, we have partnered up with our good friends at the Capilano Rehab Centre to bring back the weekly injury report for all you superstitious citizens to hate. However, I wanted to approach things a little bit differently this time.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 21 2016 05:00AM

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Auston Matthews could be best Leaf ever, Canucks long term goalie outlook, Jets coach could be first to go, Flames preparing for expansion draft, Oilers window is opening, Nail Yakupov, the Nation at the Heritage Classic, Q & A with Bernie Nichols, a week full of stars fighting and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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GDB 5.0 Wrap Up: Welcome home, Yak

October 20 2016 10:04PM

Yak scored, but the Oilers won. I'm happy with that. Final Score: 3-1 Oilers

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GDB 5.0: A real test

Jason Gregor
October 20 2016 01:02PM

The Flames, Sabres and Hurricanes were in the same non-playoff boat as the Oilers last year, and have been for the last five years. The Sabres, Hurricanes and Oilers haven't made the playoffs in the past five years, while the Flames only have one playoff appearance.

The Oilers needed a good start against those teams and they did, going 3-1, but tonight they will have a much tougher test against the St.Louis Blues. The Blues made the playoffs each of the past five seasons and they have the most wins of any NHL team in that span, going 230-110-36.

The Blues have done a great job adapting to the changes in the league, and no one has been better than them in the regular season. Tonight should give us a look into how much the Oilers have improved, or how far they need to go to compete with playoff teams.

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