Let it Bleed

December 27 2011 09:03AM

Edmonton Oiler fans enjoyed an outstanding first game of the 10-11 season. Rookie Jordan Eberle scored the goal of the year and the Godless Flames fell in an epic moment of good vs. evil. This season, the team extended the feelgood through a dozen games before going back to the rebuild.

With the Oilers grabbing 13th slot in the western conference and looking like they aren't going to do much to address injury along the blue, it's important to keep certain dates in mind as the calendar turns over.

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WJC Team Russin Preview - Will + Skill

Andrey Osadchenko
December 26 2011 02:29PM

(The Nations will also be bringing you some WJC coverage now and then this holiday season. Andrey Osadchenko starts us off with an in-depth look at Team Russia)

What is the first thing that pops up in your mind when you think of Team Russia? It’s their skilled and crazy fast offense, isn’t it? How often would you say it has worked for Alex Ovechkin’s compatriots? That’s right – not so often. Something needed to be added. As we learned last season – that secret ingredient was will to fight till the end.

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December 26 2011 01:34PM

Ah the ol' Boxing Day Hockey Extravaganza. If there is anything greater than sitting around in your PJs, crushing left over Christmas treats and watching Canada kick off the the World Juniors we can't think of what it is.

What's that? The Oilers play tonight?

That would qualify as greater.

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December 26 2011 01:05PM

We sincerely hope that this special holiday edition of NationRadio finds you in good health and in good spirits. All the very best to you and yours and here's to a most excellent 2012.

As hoped by many, this week's show is laden with previews of the 2012 World Junior Championships as well as some talk about the Oilers and the Flames.

This is NationRadio.

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WJ Primer (Oiler Edition)

December 26 2011 07:45AM

It'll be a much different WJ's for Oiler fans this New Year's. In past seasons Jordan Eberle was a major part of team Canada and two years ago we had a chance to kick the tires on Taylor Hall. This season, there is a quality draft eligible representing Team Canada and the Oiler prospects represent team Sweden (Klefbom, in photo), team Czech Republic and team Slovakia.

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