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The Jones Factor

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

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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LEGEND

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…

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Turning a faceoff loss into a power play goal

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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GDB 17.0: AFTERNOON DELIGHT

The Oilers play the Coyotes today in your classic garden variety matinee. This is great news for the Oilers who are a mind shattering 0-2346 in franchise history in afternoon matches.

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE REASONABLE

We’re one third of the way through this season and as always there are some who are performing above expected levels and others who have fallen behind. The list of overachievers for the Oilers is interesting, but the guys trailing "reasonable" are the story here.

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OILERSNATION 5th BIRTHDAY PARTY

  They say that Birthdays were invented by Wall Street as a way to sell more candles. And who are we to argue? As a five year old we couldn’t possibly argue with something as sophisticated as Wall Street.

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About Firing The Coach

Whatever Steve Tambellini ultimately decides to do to try and turn this struggling Oilers team around, firing the coach should not be an option at his disposal.

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A HALL OF A MESS

Much of the talk after last night’s 3-1 loss to Minnesota focused on Taylor Hall’s kneeing major on Cal Clutterbuck. I suspect Hall will get a short suspension from the hit, but I don’t think it was malicious. Hall never took any extra strides to hit him, and he did lean in and down to…

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NATION PROFILE: KEN LINSEMAN

He played only 200 regular season games for the Oilers, and he was never a top line player. Ken Linseman’s unique qualities and skills made him unforgettable in every Oiler game he played. Love him or hate him, you had to be aware of The Rat.  

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HOW MANY GAMES FOR HALL?

Yes, it can get worse for the Edmonton Oilers. And it likely will after NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan reviews the video evidence of Taylor Hall burying Cal Clutterbuck late in a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Rexall Place Thursday.

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GDB 16.0: OIL CHANGE NEEDED

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." For years many attributed this quote to Albert Einstein, however, there is no proof he actually uttered those words. "Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results," first appeared in the basic text of Narcotics Anonymous which was copyrighted…