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Off the Top of My Head

The Edmonton Oilers are going to be a better team down the road because of the lessons they’re learning against the Colorado Avalanche right now, but that’s a consolation prize that isn’t going to help them win their Western Conference final against the Avs after a 4-2 loss last night in a series they trail…

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Avs Flex

Sometimes the better team simply does what it takes to win and you have to tip your cap to them. Thursday in Denver was one of those nights as the Colorado Avalanche scored three goals in a span of 2:04 on the way to a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers and a 2-0 lead…

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Be Better

Edmonton Oilers fans can keep venting over the call that kept Cale Makar’s 3-2 goal on the board versus the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday – in 35 years writing hockey I’d never felt a need to look up that offside rule or had it explained to me – but they’d be better served taking a page…

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One More Shot?

There are so many storylines with the Edmonton Oilers going into the Western Conference final against the Colorado Avalanche and most revolve around Connor McDavid and \Leon Draisaitl, who are one series win from having the opportunity to play for their first Stanley Cup.

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Off the Top of My Head

Six months from now I probably won’t be able to tell you the final score in Thursday’s 5-4 OT win over the Calgary Flames without looking it up, but the unmitigated joy Connor McDavid showed after scoring the goal to put the Edmonton Oilers into the Western Conference final will be burned into my memory…

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Don’t Forget About Nuge

As the longest serving member of the Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has seen bigger names than him come and go over the years. It’s been more of the same in his 11th season in Edmonton with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl now sharing the spotlight with newcomers Evander Kane and Zach Hyman.

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Off the Top of My Head

Zach Hyman called it an emotional roller-coaster — one that could have come right off the rails when the Edmonton Oilers spotted the Calgary Flames a 2-0 lead early in Game 2 Friday. Instead, what started out looking like a replay of Wednesday’s series-opening 9-6 loss turned into a 5-3 win and a series tied…

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Let Connor Do It

It took 31 years for the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames to resume the playoff version of the Battle of Alberta Wednesday and it turned out most of the Oilers in Jay Woodcroft’s line-up couldn’t even be bothered to show up for the start of it.

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The Way I See It

To borrow from Darryl Sutter, many people believe it’s probably going to be a waste of eight days for the Edmonton Oilers starting tonight as they tangle with Sutter’s Calgary Flames in the second round of the playoffs.

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MacT’s Take

When it comes to the rivalry between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, Craig MacTavish might be as well known for yanking the tongue out of Harvey the Hound’s head in January 2003 as for playing in three of the five Battle of Alberta playoff series between the teams.

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Off the Top of My Head

Connor McDavid reiterated yet again that he’s the best player on the planet and wound up Edmonton Oilers fans chanted “MVP-MVP-MVP” in the bedlam at Rogers Place last night, but the story that matters around here is a 2-0 win that puts the Oilers in the second round of the playoffs for the first time…

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Lucy Strikes Again

The Edmonton Oilers talked a good game going into Game 5 of their series against the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday and, to be fair, they’d backed up the same kind of talk with regularity since the arrival of Jay Woodcroft behind the bench.