Best of the Nation: 2.24.13

Jonathan Willis
February 24 2013 10:51AM

Photo: Resolute/Wikimedia

After the jump: the Nation Network turns five, predicting the end-of-season standings, talking about dirty hits and franchise-defining trades, and lots more good stuff from the past week.

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LEGEND

Lowetide
February 24 2013 09:01AM

Edmonton Oiler fans have had the privilege to watch Ryan Smyth in all his glory. From an energetic young winger full of piss and vinegar to a weathered veteran still full of piss and vinegar, no Oiler of his era has bled for the Oildrop like Ryan Smyth. Earlier this season, there was chatter about Smyth being done, ready for retirement, on his last legs.

This just in: change the headline.

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Turning a faceoff loss into a power play goal

Jonathan Willis
February 23 2013 06:14PM

Winning faceoffs is without question a valuable skill for a hockey team, but sometimes it isn't necessary to score - even when the draw is in the offensive zone. Teemu Hartikainen's goal for Edmonton, which tied this afternoon's game and forced overtime, is a case in point.

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GDB 17.0: AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Wanye
February 23 2013 12:44PM

The Oilers play the Coyotes today in your classic garden variety matinee. This is great news for the Oilers who are a mind shattering 0-2346 in franchise history in afternoon matches.

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE REASONABLE

Lowetide
February 23 2013 08:37AM

We're one third of the way through this season and as always there are some who are performing above expected levels and others who have fallen behind. The list of overachievers for the Oilers is interesting, but the guys trailing "reasonable" are the story here.

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