Robin Brownlee
February 24 2013 09:04PM

It's ridiculous that the Edmonton Oilers will play nine straight games on the road during a 48-game season, but that's what they're facing as they prepare to take on the red-hot Chicago Blackhawks Monday to kick-off a road swing that will go a long way in deciding their playoff hopes.

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The Jones Factor

Jason Strudwick
February 24 2013 06:43PM

It was great to see Ryan Jones back in the Oilers' lineup Saturday versus the Phoenix Coyotes. His flow is looking good and after the eye injury he suffered during the lockout he is now wearing a shield. What he means to this lineup is more than just flow and visors though.

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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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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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