Todd McLellan and the Oilers' Penalty Kill

Jonathan Willis
August 22 2015 12:01PM

Defensive mess

The penalty kill is one of those areas that can make or break a hockey team. Edmonton finished minus-47 while down a man a year ago and really fell apart late in the year. What can we expect from this coming season?

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Learning from the San Jose Sharks’ Power Play

Jonathan Willis
August 21 2015 04:22PM

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It’s easy to think of a power play a little bit like a chess game. The players gain the zone through a carefully planned entry, setup and then create scoring chances through clever puck movement and intelligent positioning.

The problem with the chess analogy is that it’s too slow, too static, too built on patiently creating the right opening. As the San Jose Sharks have shown over the last few years, successful power plays are anything but patient.

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August 21 2015 01:25PM

Another week has passed and that means it's time for another Top 5 countdown. This week we take a look at the biggest blunders in Oilers history as voted by you fine citizens. The nominees were varied and this list has a little taste of everything, but that likely won't appease some of you. Let the arguments begin!

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Bargain Bin Shopping: Forwards Left on the Market

Cam Lewis
August 21 2015 08:30AM

Remember when teams were happy to hand out massive contracts like Halloween candy during the NHL's free agency period? That certainly hasn't been the case this summer. In fact, this has been a terrible summer for free agents, as the lower-than-expected cap ceiling has resulted in teams being more conservative ever with their offseason roster improvements. As a result, we're getting towards the end of August and a handful of notable players are still floating around on the market looking for new contracts. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 21 2015 06:45AM


Pavel Bure's Legends Hockey League, Trevor Linden defends GM, is Babcock really better than Carlyle, Flames new arena, Sam Bennett at centre, McDavid and Hall get head start on season, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen

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