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If it’s not one thing…

So, we’re 20 games into the season and the Edmonton Oilers are in a far worse position in the standings than even the most jaded and cynical critics had them in when everybody was making their bold pre-season predictions. Remember all the talk about the Oilers being Stanley Cup contenders after serving notice last season…

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Shoot to Thrill

Jesse Puljujarvi threw everything but his jockstrap at Henrik Lundqvist at Madison Square Garden today in his first game with the Edmonton Oilers since being summoned from the Bakersfield Condors. That’s good news, indeed, despite a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers that put an end to a modest two-game winning streak by the…

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A Foothold?

“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” That old axiom is obvious enough, and it’s also tried and true. The complication, history tells us, is that it’s easier said than done. That was the challenge facing the Edmonton Oilers when they headed out on this four-game road trip standing eye-high in a hole.

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The way I see it

Edmonton Oilers’ coach Todd McLellan started the trio of Mark Letestu, Zack Kassian and Iiro Pakarinen to open the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Place Sunday afternoon because they’d been his best line in the first 40 minutes of a must-win game. It that’s not a problem, I don’t know what…

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TOP 10 UNSUNG HEROES: Sergei Samsonov (8)

The unlikely 2006 playoff run that landed the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup final against the Carolina Hurricanes produced so many memorable moments it’s difficult to pick out one or two. Likewise, so many players on that edition of the Oilers turned in epic performances. The names we know – Chris Pronger, Ryan Smyth,…

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No Sniff

The Edmonton Oilers were far from flawless last season in making the playoffs for the first time in a decade with 103 points, but when they screwed up, as even the best teams invariably do, or lapsed in one aspect of the game, they had enough scoring and enough Cam Talbot to smooth over many…

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Oscar: An afterthought no more

Colten Teubert was supposed to be the big return when the Edmonton Oilers traded Dustin Penner to the Los Angeles Kings back on Feb. 28, 2011. Out went Penner and in came Teubert, a tough, lanky B.C. boy who’d played for the Regina Pats of the WHL, along with a mid-first-round draft pick and a…

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Top 10 Unsung Heroes: Mark Letestu (9)

The road to the NHL is littered with talented players who couldn’t or wouldn’t re-invent themselves when the reality kicked in that a bushel of points in this league or that league didn’t mean they were going be a go-to-guy when, or if, they got to The Show. In the case of Mark Letestu, he…

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What about Milan?

I’ve always had a preference for players who bring a combination of skill and toughness and who can beat you on the scoreboard and in the alley. I’m not talking about sluggos, but hard-nosed players who find a way to prevail no matter how you want to play it. Guys willing and able to do…

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Waiting on Ryan

Like the Edmonton Oilers as a group, newcomer Ryan Strome hasn’t had the kind of start to this season he was hoping for. While I’m reasonably confident the Oilers are capable of bouncing back from a 2-5-0 start that has many up in arms despite better outings of late, I’m slightly less sure about Strome.

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The Way I See It

When you have a fan base as passionate as the Edmonton Oilers do, overreaction comes as part of the deal. It’s no surprise then, with the Oilers off to a 1-3 start after getting waxed in Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Place, some of the same people who picked the Oilers…

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That’s Entertainment

I still enjoy watching a good hockey fight. Despite having all kinds of reasons, most by way of first-hand experience, to know bare-knuckle brawling isn’t great for the brain or the long-term health of the person that brain belongs to, I’ve never once turned away when the leather hits the ice and punches start to…