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After 30

Like a much-needed blast from the past, the Edmonton Oilers hit the 30-game mark of this season with a 1-0 win over the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place on Sunday, a victory that improved them to 7-2-1 under new head coach Ken Hitchcock and 16-12-2 overall for 34 points.

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Not so old

When Ken Hitchcock took over the Edmonton Oilers’ bench from Todd McLellan nine games ago, there was a misconception out there among some fans that the old coach’s attention to defensive detail might squeeze the life out of what little offensive depth the team had.

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At Random: Sweet Talker

Ken Hitchcock has been saying all the right things when it comes to managing goaltenders Cam Talbot and Mikko Koskinen since he took over as coach. Sweet-talker and savvy bench boss he is, Hitch has made sure to stress he likes both of his stoppers while pointing out he considers goaltending a strength of his…

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The Details

With the Edmonton Oilers rolling along at a tidy 4-1-1 clip since Ken Hitchcock took over from Todd McLellan as head coach back on Nov. 20, the big man raised a few eyebrows during his post-game availability after a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Place Saturday.

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Hitch: Next Chapter

When it comes to being perched at the podium in the mass scrums that are the standard in the NHL, and all sports leagues, these days, Edmonton Oilers’ coach Ken Hitchcock would rather talk about his team and winning games than blather on at any great length about himself.

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Over to you, kid

For a lot of fans who’ve been waiting to see Jesse Puljujarvi blossom with the Edmonton Oilers during a time frame that’s still in its infancy, Ken Hitchcock has been saying all the right things since taking over from Todd McLellan as coach and making no bones about the fact he’s squarely in the kid’s…

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Home at Last

For all the times since 1990 I had Ken Hitchcock’s name at the top of my list of coaches I thought would be the perfect hire for the Edmonton Oilers, I didn’t even have him on the list of possible replacements for Todd McLellan when the proverbial axe fell, as it did today. Knowing Hitchcock…

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What Gives?

With the Edmonton Oilers on a 1-6 freefall in their last seven games after Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, fans in Oilersnation are screaming for pink slips. Some of you want to see general manager Peter Chiarelli fired. Some of you want to see head coach Todd McLellan fired. Some of you…

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Deja-Vu All Over Again

As many of you will remember, this isn’t the first time that Cam Talbot has found himself looking over his shoulder — not just at too many pucks going into his net but at competition for the crease from his back-up — while trying to establish himself as the starter for the Edmonton Oilers.

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At Random: The Moving Target

Given the Edmonton Oilers’ overall record of 8-8-1 despite a very difficult start to the schedule, the temptation for some might be to grasp the silver lining that suggests .500 isn’t so bad, all things considered. I’m guessing the number of people who feel that way is dwindling fast, as it should be.

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Optics, my eye

For a league so concerned with optics that it felt the need to fine Milan Lucic of the Edmonton Oilers $10,000 for punk-slapping Mathieu Joseph of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL doesn’t seem capable of seeing the forest for the trees. Essentially, the NHL fined Lucic the maximum amount allowed, pocket change for him,…

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Show me something

Back in September before this season began, Milan Lucic talked about regaining his confidence and scoring touch, about putting a miserable and frustrating second half to his 2017-18 season with the Edmonton Oilers behind him.