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After 20

As much as I liked the odds of the Edmonton Oilers winning the Pacific Division before the season started, I didn’t expect that we’d see a 15-5-0 record at the quarter-mark of the schedule, even under the best of circumstances. What we’ve seen has not been that. Far from it.

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Off the Top of My Head

I’ve long admired Kris Russell of the Edmonton Oilers because he’s carved out an NHL career spanning 890 games by deciding he was willing to do the dirty work after it became obvious the skills that got him to The Show weren’t going to be enough to keep him there. A lot of players have…

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What’s the Story?

What’s the story? As one of the instructors in my college journalism program told me back in the era of carbon paper and typewriters, if you can make a habit of coming up with the answer to that, you’re on your way as a writer. Seems simple enough. It’s not rocket surgery.

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The DeVito

The Edmonton Oilers 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars Tuesday was a classic DeVito game from top to bottom – one of those nights when what can go wrong, does go wrong. They’ve been few and far between this season, but I fully expected to see Danny foaming at the mouth this morning after that…

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Off the Top of My Head

Even with his penchant for producing highlight reel goals, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers can’t make every puck he puts in the net a masterpiece. What McDavid settled for instead against the Chicago Blackhawks last night was a mere mortal snipe that got the Oilers started on the way to a 5-2 win.

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About Stuart Skinner

It was Connor McDavid who stole the show with yet another cheat code goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, but it was Stuart Skinner who set the table and sealed the deal with 46 saves in a 2-1 shootout win for the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.

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Don’t Lose the Plot

In seasons not so long ago when the Edmonton Oilers were a bad hockey team, I never cared for sifting through the ashes of another loss looking for consolation prizes or silver linings. Sure, there is usually a tidbit of good to be found if you look closely enough, but the bottom line is a…

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Off the Top of My Head

It’s a good sign that after playing poorly enough to make Dustin Tokarski look like an actual NHL goaltender and allowing the Buffalo Sabres to end a 0-4-1 winless streak with a 3-2 victory Friday, the Edmonton Oilers resisted the urge to make excuses.

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Different This Time

So, Mike Smith is injured and the reality is we don’t know when he’ll be ready to take over the crease again for the Edmonton Oilers. That’s meant backup Mikko Koskinen has played a lot more than he normally would, with third-stringer Stuart Skinner called up from AHL Bakersfield to cheerlead from the bench.

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Start Me Up

Playing from behind is more often than not a loser’s game even with the best two players in the NHL in your line-up and a power play that’s scoring goals at a historic clip. Even so, the Edmonton Oilers thought they’d give it a go against the Detroit Red Wings to open a five-game road…

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Off the Top of My Head

For all the years I’ve watched hockey, it’s absolutely ridiculous that when I think of the most spectacular 10 or so goals I’ve seen, most of them have been scored by Connor McDavid, who’s only 10 games into his seventh NHL season with the Edmonton Oilers. That’s about 15 minutes in old guy time.

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At Long Last No. 4

Anybody who has spent any time around Kevin Lowe understands the competitive fire that burns within him and what a passionate a man and fierce competitor he is. Likewise, how much wearing the No. 4 jersey that will be retired by the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place tonight has always meant to him.