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The Roundup

A Canucks Christmas rap, Mike Babcock and Christmas come early, Johnny Gaudreau is very good at hockey, can the Oilers sign Steven Stamkos, World Junior previews, Justin Schultz, Dougie Hamilton, Jake Gardiner and more in the weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings. Merry Christmas Nation!!

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Dear Santa

It’s Christmas Eve and Santa’s elves are working hard to get the last toys ready before the big guy has to begin making his trip around the world. Surely the Oilers have a few things on their wish-list this Christmas and this is what I imagine that list looks like.

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Oilers and the NHL are much different

The Edmonton Oilers are in a much better position today than they were on December 23rd, 2014, but they aren’t the only team who looks at the standings and feels significantly different than last year. The Oilers enter the Christmas break with 32 points (15-18-2) in their first 35 games, a massive improvement from this…

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WWYDW: The Goaltending Battle

The Edmonton Oilers enter the Christmas break with an uncertain situation in net. Cam Talbot, brought in to start for the team, struggled for a while and lost the job but has been better recently. Anders Nilsson, his ostensible backup, stole the job with hot play but has cooled off dramatically since. In this week’s…

TOP 100 OILERS: LUBOMIR VISNOVSKY (87)

Embed from Getty Images I don’t know about you, but when I look at the Edmonton Oilers over the last 20 years, I can count the number of the defensemen with the same level of offensive skill as Lubomir Visnovsky on one hand – Chris Pronger, Ryan Whitney, Janne Niinimaa, Roman Hamrlik and Boris Mironov.

The ATB Ugly Sweater Contest and Some Charity Talk

This is not a hockey related article. Be aware of that fact before you start in on the comments that this has nothing to do with complaining about Justin Schultz. What you will find, instead, is a contest for your Instagram machine and a charity drive for the Edmonton Food Bank. 

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Capilano Rehab Centre Injury Report – December 22, 2015

We seem to have a nice spread of bottom six players and top six players on the IR right now. If a team could ever be the best at having an injury-struck team, we would definitely win! Got a little bit of McDavid, got a little bit of Ference, and apparently everyone else. EVERYBODY’S getting injured!  Bad news…

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Draisaitl’s work in summer pays off in November and December

Leon Draisaitl arrived in Edmonton late in the afternoon on October 29th, two days after his 20th birthday. It was a long travel day from Bakersfield. He had missed his usual pregame nap, and when he arrived at the rink he was feeling sluggish but excited to be back in the NHL. He was slotted…

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THE WAY I SEE IT: MEANINGFUL GAMES

You can call it grasping for the silver lining if you like, but the Edmonton Oilers will be playing meaningful games as we ring in the New Year Jan. 1 for the first time in a long time. The way I see things shaping up, that could be the case well into 2016.

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Nation Christmas Party 2015

What is this article about? How about the greatest work Christmas party you could ever imagine? On Friday, we had our annual Oilersnation Christmas Party. This was a three-part event, jam packed into one day that consisted of some shinny, puzzles, and beer!

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GDB 35.0: HOME ICE ADVANTAGE – Home cooking

The Oilers have won six straight home games and are 8-2-1 on home ice since October 29th. They haven’t won this often when having last change since 2007/2008 when they were 23-17-1. The last five seasons they’ve been dreadful on home ice.