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Three Thoughts: What happens in Vegas…

Las Vegas has always been a lot of fun — too much fun in a lot of cases — but I’ve got to admit I wasn’t convinced hockey was a fit for Sin City when the NHL handed the expansion keys to the Vegas Golden Knights. Losing your shirt (and pants) gambling? Sure. Night life? Duh! The…

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Top 10 Unsung Heroes: Ethan Moreau (4)

It’s only mid-January during a season in which many people, me included, were confident the Edmonton Oilers would build on their long-awaited return to the playoffs last spring. That long ago went sideways. Fans are pissed. They want answers. What they don’t want is the latest instalment of our ongoing Unsung Heroes list. I get…

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Fooled

To say the Edmonton Oilers have been a disappointment this season is to understate in the extreme. While I don’t think the Oilers are as bad as they’ve looked to this point as we’ve watched things go sideways, that’s cold consolation with the playoffs almost certainly out of the question now. The ugly bottom line…

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Three Thoughts: Chase Mode

When you’re constantly playing the game in chase mode, there’s no margin for error. The Edmonton Oilers got another lesson in that Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Chasing opponents in games by falling behind when you’re already chasing a playoff spot in the big picture is a…

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Three Thoughts: Halfway There

To borrow from that old Bon Jovi tune, the Edmonton Oilers are halfway there and living on a prayer after beating the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in a shootout at Rogers Place Thursday before hitting the road for a five-game swing that begins Saturday in Dallas.

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The Package Deal

In hockey, like out in the business world, there’s something to be said for fit and familiarity as they pertain to the people you work with. It’s no surprise, then, those factors come into play with most NHL coaching staffs. All things being equal, most people prefer to work alongside those they know, trust and…

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The game of our lives

The plight of the homeless in Edmonton, and right across this country, is an uncomfortable reality those of us lucky enough to have a place to call home, warm clothing on our backs and enough food to eat are unquestionably aware of as we go about our lives. The homeless in our city are out…

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At Random: Lucic Getting Even

With the Edmonton Oilers coming out of the Christmas break on a four-game winning streak as they face the Winnipeg Jets on the road tonight, there’s been a lot to like about the way they’ve played during a 10-game stretch that’s seen them go 7-3 to move within four points of a wildcard spot in…

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Three Thoughts: Finding a way

It was far from perfect and not the way coaches like Todd McLellan draw it up, but that’s what makes the Edmonton Oilers’ 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place just as impressive as the fact they have their first three-game winning streak of the season on the go. It’s how the…

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Top 10 Unsung Heroes: Mike Grier (5)

Mike Grier was never one of the top names on the marquee after he arrived with the Edmonton Oilers to start the 1996-97 season. The top of the heap during the 448 games over six seasons Grier spent here was inhabited by the likes of Doug Weight, Ryan Smyth, Curtis Joseph and Bill Guerin, to…

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Cam Talbot: Lean on me

It goes without saying, or even looking at the numbers, that the Edmonton Oilers are a better team when they have Cam Talbot in the goal crease. Likewise, that any push they make for the playoffs in the 49 games that remain is going to hinge on having Talbot in the blue paint for as…

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Three Thoughts: More Like It

The terrific thing about living in a hockey-mad city like we do is that virtually no opinion goes unchallenged when it comes to the Edmonton Oilers. If you suggest things are just fine, it’s a sure bet somebody out there will accuse you of being an apologist and a fart catcher for the home team….