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The Way I See It

It’s too bad the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames have to wait until Jan. 29 to have at it again because the Battle of Alberta finally has some real raw emotion back in it thanks to the dust-up between Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk in Cowtown last Saturday. That’s unquestionably a good thing. It’s long…

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Old School

So, Zack Kassian has a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety Monday after doing things the old-fashioned way and taking the law into his own hands with Matt Tkachuk during the Calgary Flames 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers Saturday. Of course, he does.

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BOA not DOA

If you take a drink every time you hear the term Battle of Alberta between now and Saturday night, you’ll surely be in the bag by the time the puck drops between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. The difference is, for the first time in a long time, this is a game that…

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At Random: Yamo-time

Of course it’s a small sample size – when you’re five-foot eight and 153 pounds, your whole career is a small sample size – and things could change three weeks or three games from now, but it looks to me like Kailer Yamamoto has found the right timing and circumstance to make some noise with…

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Closing the Deal

Connor McDavid’s frustration was obvious during his post-game availability with reporters Thursday in the wake of the Edmonton Oilers blowing a 2-0 lead on the way to a 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres. That’s as it should be.

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2020

Things were going along wonderfully on New Year’s Eve through dinner and a movie until we got home, and my wife decided to let our dog Jasper lick a couple of drops of champagne out of the bottom of her glass after midnight. Not long after, he was puking like an over-served partier in a…

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Walking the Line

There’s a fine line between expecting defensive reliability and stifling offensive creativity. It’s a line Edmonton Oilers’ coach Dave Tippett is trying to walk with Leon Draisaitl and, to a lesser extent, Connor McDavid right now with the Oilers in a tailspin.

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Halfway There

There is little wonder there’s so much angst, frustration and venom coming from the fan base of the Edmonton Oilers these days, and it’s not just because the team produced easily its worst effort of the season in a half-hearted 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place Friday. That’s a trigger if ever…

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Trading Places

That general manager Ken Holland found a way to get out from under Milan Lucic’s contract at all back on July 19 in a trade with the Calgary Flames for James Neal prompted Edmonton Oilers’ fans to declare the swap a big win before the ink was even dry.

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Baker’s Dozen

After watching Mike Smith struggle again in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday, it’s no surprise Mikko Koskinen will get the goal crease for the Edmonton Oilers when the Montreal Canadiens come calling at Rogers Place tonight. The Oilers need a win and Koskinen gives them the best chance to get it.

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At Random: The Long Game

When news the New Jersey Devils were getting ready to pull the trigger on a trade for pending UFA Taylor Hall reached a pitch in the last couple days with the Edmonton Oilers riding a four-game winless streak at the same time, it’s no surprise a vocal minority wanted GM Ken Holland to get something…

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The Van Pelt Effect

If you’ve checked the comments section of any Edmonton Oilers fan site over the last week or so, you’ve seen the angst growing day by day as the Oilers have frittered away the 7-1-0 start that finally had a lot of people feeling pretty good about their team. Is it any wonder? Well, no.