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GDB 19.0: THE DREADED STARS

The Dallas Stars domination over the Edmonton Oilers has become laughable. In 74 meetings the Oilers have won a meagre 15 games. The Stars have won 79.7% of the games. No other franchise has dominated the Oilers like the Stars, but if the Oilers want to make the playoffs, or at least stay in the…

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Size and the Stanley Cup Finals

We’ve all heard the story: that collection of skilled midgets the Edmonton Oilers run in their top-six might be fine in the regular season, but in the Stanley Cup playoffs they’re going to be run over by teams that are bigger, stronger and meaner than they are. Does the myth of size succeeding in the…

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SIGN THE MAN?

As waiver pickups go, Ryan Jones was a beauty. In his two full seasons with the Oilers, Jones has scored 18 and 17 goals while providing the team with a physical presence and miles and miles of energy shifts. Ryan Jones, as they say, has a terrific motor–it won’t stop running! Now: what’s that worth?

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The Top Nine

I have been impressed with the play of both Ryan Jones and Ben Eager. Right now we are talking about a very small sample size. Jones has just gotten started this year and Eager has had injury problems as well. Could it be that the answer to the Oilers issues of size and aggression has…

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OILERS NEED A WILL TO WIN

It seems clear that any player who makes it to the NHL is competitive. They had to beat out thousands of players just to get a shot in the league, but even in the NHL there are different types of competitors. Your team will have a mixture of tough competitors and fragile competitors. Do the…

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Has Justin Schultz hit a wall?

I’m not sure anyone’s ever done a proper study, but anecdotally it seems like players that come through the college system seem to slow down somewhere around the 40-game mark early in their professional careers. Justin Schultz has now played in 52 contests, and he’s in a bit of a slump.

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SIGN THE MAN

The Edmonton Oilers have to make a decision in the next few months on Lalislav Smid: sign him–buying free agent seasons at a premium–or let him go and attempt to find a less expensive solution. What is the better plan?

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RANDOM THOUGHTS…REALIGNMENT AND MORE

As you scramble to debate whether you should top up your RRSP contributions or buy new TV, (you might have taken your Oilers frustration out on your TV) we’ll discuss all thing NHL and the Oilers.

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Is Devan Dubnyk safe as the Oilers starting goalie?

On February 16, Devan Dubnyk was pulled in a game against Colorado after allowing three goals on nine shots. Nikolai Khabibulin replaced him and earned a win, stopping 16 of the 17 shots he faced. Since that game, Dubnyk has started just one contest, while Khabibulin has started three. Is Dubnyk secure in the starting…

GDB 18.0: SLAY THE DRAGON

If you focus on statistical categories heading into tonight’s tilt v. the red-hot Chicago Blackhawks it doesn’t look good for the Oilers. The Hawks are 15-0-3, they have ice girls, a sold out building and right now they win for fun. Can the Oilers pull off a major upset?

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DRAFT UPDATE AND PARTY CHATTER

Tickets are selling at a pace that can be described as "mildly brisk" for the OilersNation 5th birthday party at the Pint off Whyte this Friday. We like to think that it is because each $20 ticket gets you a free 5th birthday tee shirt pictured above. Gregor thinks its because all the proceeds go…

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ROAD TEST: EXIT TO ALSO-RAN CITY?

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.