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OILER QUICK HITS…UPDATED…

Linus Omark and Ryan O’Marra took part in their first practice and it looks like both will play tomorrow v. the Lightning. They have been playing on a line in OKC for most of the year and tomorrow they will have Ryan Jones on their wing. Sam Gagner will replace Shawn Horcoff between Taylor Hall…

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Please, No More Shootout Sam

Ever since he broke into the league as an 18-year old, Sam Gagner’s been a regular in the Oilers’ shootout rotation. Initially, it made sense, as Gagner’s signature 3000 dekes move fooled goaltenders. By the end of his rookie season, however, Gagner had scored just five times on 17 attempts – a 29.4% success rate,…

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ELPH UPDATE AND KATZ TALK

  A scant 5 days ago, our esteemed colleague Jason Gregor wrote an obituary to the Exciting Last Place Hockey movement.

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Horcoff Injury Has Major Impact

A few days ago, the Edmonton Oilers remained relatively untouched by injury; today, they are facing some very difficult choices in terms of roster makup for the next two months or more. Faceoffs, penalty-kill, the powerplay, evens. This has an impact on everything.  

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EXCITING LAST PLACE HOCKEY DEBATE

  Nothing to be upset about after tonight’s game local Ice Hockey Squadron. A shootout that lasted longer than some modern wars, coming back from a 3rd period deficit and letting the announcer at RX1 yell "Have-ee-BOOOOOOOO-lin" at least two dozen times in the shootout.

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GDB 27.0: FIVE FOR DUCK HUNTING

The Oilers have had an extra bounce in their step at practice the past few days, and considering they are the second hottest team in the league, (Pittsburgh has won ten straight, the Oilers four) it is easy to see why. The Oilers have shown flashes of brilliance lately, and they’ve excited some Oiler fans. We will find…

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Hard Nose the Highway

Put your money where your mouth is Then we can get something going In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime And leave one or two cards showing Seen some hard times Drawn some bad lines No time for shoeshines Hard Nose the Highway

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HEMSKY OUT A MONTH

Tom Renney announced that Ales Hemsky could be out up to a month with a groin problem, and he will meet with Steve Tambellini to discuss if they will call up a player, or if they will go with the current roster. Linus Omark and Liam Reddox would seem like the most likely call ups,…

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Analysis Of A Hot Streak

The Oilers last nine games have even those people with deep concerns about the team (people like me) smiling. There’s something great about watching the home team win, and it has led to surprising levels of optimism.

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TAYLOR HALL: RIGHT WHERE HE BELONGS

With what we’ve already seen from Taylor Hall just 26 games into his NHL career, can you imagine him not being a member of the Edmonton Oilers this season? Can you imagine him spending another season with the Windsor Spitfires? I can’t. Neither can Ryan Whitney.

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Watershed

Oiler fans know that the 2010 draft looks like a watershed. Taylor Hall is already scoring goals in the best league on the planet, and that second round may live in infamy. Still deeper there are scorers and puck movers and goalies and they all seemingly have a lot of promise. Is this a mirage? When…