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GDB 43.0: Improve at Home

(photoshop: @NewfieMikey) The Oilers have nine home victories, the fewest of any Western Conference playoff team. The good news is their 12 road victories are the most in the Western Conference. But as they begin a six-game home stand tonight against the San Jose Sharks, the Oilers are focused on improving their record in the Ice District.

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Connor McCaptain named to All-Star team

The Pacific Division #NHLAllStar roster. Captain: @cmcdavid97 Complete details: https://t.co/JOaCNcuaJX pic.twitter.com/HQVQtR6Aka — NHL (@NHL) January 10, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js This morning, Connor McDavid was named the only Oilers representative to this year’s NHL All-Star Game.

Maroon named 2nd star of the week, making strong argument to be protected

Patrick Maroon (@patmaroon) of @EdmontonOilers tied for the NHL-lead in goals last week with 5-1—6, including his first career hat trick. pic.twitter.com/r4OFBYiQrj — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 9, 2017 With what is likely the best week of his career, Patrick Maroon has been named the NHL’s second star of the week.

The Same But Different

Embed from Getty Images Yesterday the Oilers sent Jesse Puljujarvi down to the AHL, finally owned up the fact that he wasn’t quite ready for the NHL even though they cleared a spot for him and sheltered him as much as possible. But we’ve seen this a lot from the Oilers. It’s basically the exact same…

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Oilers 1st quarter vs. 2nd quarter

The Oilers reached the halfway mark of the season sitting in third place in the Pacific Division with a record of 21-14-7.  The Oilers were 9-6-6 during the second quarter (I use 21 games in first and second quarter and 20 in the third and fourth), after going 12-8-1 in their first 21 games. They had…

Oilers at the Midway Point

Embed from Getty Images Back in November, I took a look at some things around this Oilers team that jumped out at me analytically. Now that we’ve played over half the games of this year’s regular season I thought it would be good to highlight a few more things surrounding this team.

Oilers assign Puljujarvi, waive Gustavsson

The #Oilers have assigned Jesse Puljujärvi to the @Condors, recalled Anton Slepyshev & placed Jonas Gustavsson on waivers. — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 9, 2017 Following last night’s loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Oilers have made some moves.

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Monday Mailbag – Is Jordan Eberle in the Plans?

The first week of 2017 is in the books, you’ve already quit your resolutions, and now you’re looking for ways to kill some company time until you’re allowed to go home. As always, we’re back with the mailbag to help you do that. I always need you guys for this feature so email me your questions…

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WEEKEND UPDATE!

This photo was taken by Mark Williams, just seconds after Griffin Reinhart scored to end what might be the wildest outdoor game in hockey history. Williams’ photo frames the game perfectly—complete frustration for Ontario, and the somewhat delayed reaction from a Bakersfield team that had to come rushing back to gain a point in regulation….

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GDB 42.0: SIGNS

In a way, the Oilers current position in the standings complicates the life of Peter Chiarelli. I think the smart play here is for the Edmonton general manager to keep his powder dry—get through this season without dealing off assets for short-term help. What does that mean for the deadline? Well, they used to call…