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Why Force It?

There are plenty of common-sense reasons why the NHL should step up today and call off Friday’s re-scheduled game between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks on the Left Coast, but as we all know, common sense doesn’t always rule the day.

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A Bird in the Hand…

Old fogies like me are well aware of the tried-and-true saying, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” and that’s what makes Dmitry Kulikov a very solid acquisition by the Edmonton Oilers prior to today’s NHL trade deadline. He’s not the big splash some fans wanted, but he fills a need.

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At Random: Something More

Given results of recent seasons, it’s understandable if people put something of a mental asterisk beside what the Edmonton Oilers accomplished Thursday, establishing a team record with their ninth win of the season against the Ottawa Senators, this time with a 3-1 decision. An oddball schedule. Picking the bones of a young team that’s not…

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Make Some Noise

It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to deduce that when the two best players on any team go quiet, the rest of the line-up has to find a way to make some noise to compensate. That’s especially true for the Edmonton Oilers, whose two best players, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, are arguably the top…

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Bigger Than the Game

With as bad as the last year has been for everybody because of COVID 19, I’ve enjoyed seeing the Edmonton Oilers and the rest of the NHL back on the ice, even if it has been in mostly empty buildings. I want hockey, but not at any cost, and no matter how much of a…

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At Random: Already Gone

“You always get asked about the schedule or the games remaining or what you have to do to make the playoffs. That’s a constant and those are good questions, but in the back of your mind, it’s day-to-day. You don’t look at the trip, you look at tomorrow. I always say today is for tomorrow…

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

It didn’t take long for the hashtag #NurseForNorris to appear on my Twitter timeline after the Edmonton Oilers grabbed two points with a 3-2 decision over the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday thanks to the OT winner by Darnell Nurse.

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Tim Peel: The First Rule…

This just in – NHL referees have been managing games by massaging the rule book as they see fit based on the circumstances of any given game since the first puck dropped. That management of games includes obligatory make-up calls. You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it since I first started watching Hockey Night in Canada…

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That Birthday Boy

For a guy who wasn’t even in the plans last off-season until the price tag for Jacob Markstrom took Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland out of the running to add him to the goal crease, Mike Smith has sure looked like the guy the Oilers can count on as they make their bid for first…

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Barrie a Smart Bet

Tyson Barrie could have put more money in the bank last off-season had he sold his services to the highest UFA bidder, but he instead put a tough season in Toronto in his rear-view mirror by signing a one-year deal for a bargain basement $3.75 million with the Edmonton Oilers.

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Sweating the Small Stuff

Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff, has sold a lot of books catering to the self-help crowd. Mind you, Carlson has never stood behind an NHL bench watching two points slip away like Edmonton Oilers’ coach Dave Tippett did in a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames…

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The Go-To Guys

To hear Leon Draisaitl tell it, his five-point game in a 7-1 romp over the Ottawa Senators Wednesday to push the Edmonton Oilers to 17-11-0 at the hallway mark of the season is simply part of his job description. His is the life of a go-to guy in every way.