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Ken Holland and overripening prospects

Overripening. If there’s one word that’s getting a ton of airplay in the Ken Holland era, it’s overripening. Holland brings over a wealth of experience from his time as Detroit Red Wings general manager. People point to Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist as evidence of players who were brought along slowly in Grand Rapids, Detroit’s…

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GDB 13.0: Line Juggling (5:30pm MT, SN1)

Dave Tippett has been fairly consistent with his line combinations this season. Leon Draisaitl had played 85% of his 5×5 minutes with Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has played with James Neal for 80% of his 5×5 time. Alex Chiasson was their regular winger, and when he missed time with injury it was…

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Game Notes: Oilers @ Red Wings

Tonight the Oilers make their first stop on a three-game road trip through Detroit, Columbus and Pittsburgh. On paper, this should be the most winnable game on the road trip, but after a tight-checking 2-1 victory over the Red Wings in Edmonton on October 18th, and losses against 25th place Chicago and 26th place Minnesota,…