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LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES

I believe it was Momma Gump who said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get." Forrest’s mom must have had the Edmonton Oilers in mind when she coined that bit of wisdom.

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GDB 32.0: SINGING THE BLUES

The frustration is mounting in Oilersnation. The Oilers have won 8 of their past 26 games and once again they find themselves closer to the basement than a spot in the playoffs. For the first 40 minutes last night the Oilers didn’t play with the smarts, energy or passion you’d expect for a team fighting…

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WEEKS WITHOUT WANYE: NATION GEAR RETURNS

  Hello there Nation Readers. You haven’t heard from me before. I am one of the two guys who do the work behind the scenes that keeps this whole machine trucking along. We built and maintain the sites, book the ad campaigns, do all the customer support stuff and now make sure that the draft…

Daniil Zharkov’s Progress

On Sunday I drove out to Mississauga to cover game three of the first round playoff series between the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads and the Belleville Bulls. As you probably well know, Oilers prospect Daniil Zharkov plays for the Belleville Bulls and I chatted with him post game. I figured I’d share some of…

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Horcoff Forever?

It might make some Oilers fans unhappy, but it looks like the club has no intention of moving team captain Shawn Horcoff anytime soon.

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The single-worst play by an Oiler this year?

The last time the Oilers played Nashville, it was Sergei Kostitsyn making an awful play on a goal in a 3-2 Oilers win. On Monday night, Kostitsyn was excellent, so it was Mark Fistric’s turn to cede a gorgeous scoring chance (and ultimately a game-winning goal) to the other team in a 3-2 game with…

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GDB 31.0: TWO-STEPPING IN NASHVILLE

The Oilers enter Nashville in the midst of a dangerous dance routine; one step forward, two steps sideways and one step back. They wrapped up a crucial four-game homestand with only one win and capped it off with a dreadful performance against the Blues. Their only victory came against the Predators, and if the Oilers…

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WANYE ON THE ROAD: ICELAND

Every now and again I decide to get the hell out of dodge and see what the rest of the world has to offer. And because I have been basically using the Nation as a diary for the past 5 years, I’ll post articles about what we see and what we do and more specifically…

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Stuck between a rock and a hard place….

  Saturday night’s game between the Oilers and the St Louis Blues was a pretty good test of where Edmonton’s team is at. The Blues are a team starting to look more like the winning team I expected them to be before the season.

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PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY

Long, tall forward Antoine Laganiere is one of the top college free agents available during the spring signing season. In recent years, Edmonton has stepped up their signing of college free agents, with Justin Schultz, Taylor Fedun and Tanner House current Oilers/prospects in the house via this route. Will Edmonton sign Laganiere or another graduating…

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A remarkable game for dump-and-chase

Lost in Edmonton’s lop-sided defeat to St. Louis is a pretty amazing statistic: no 5-on-5 dump-in by either team resulted in a shot on net. Both teams tried the tactic over and over again – but it failed entirely to generate offence.

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GDB 30.0: Three in four

Tonight’s game kicks off a stretch of three games in four days – the Oilers host St. Louis this evening, go to Nashville to play Monday night, and then play again on Tuesday in St. Louis. To keep up with the playoff pack, they probably need to win two of three, with tonight’s match and…