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Celebrate

Pump the brakes. Settle down. Don’t get carried away. I heard that sentiment expressed more than once as host Reid Wilkins and Rob Brown fielded calls on their post-game radio show after the Edmonton Oilers raked the New York Islanders 5-2 Tuesday to improve their record to 3-0. One caller sounded pissed off. About what,…

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Jujhar Khaira: Is There More?

After teasing us with what looked like something of a breakout season in 2017-18, Jujhar Khaira should be entering the prime of his career and making his mark with the Edmonton Oilers right now. He’s left me wanting since then.

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Digging In

Of course, it’s lousy luck that the Edmonton Oilers are going to have to get along without Adam Larsson for a couple of months on a blueline that doesn’t have enough proven depth to make up for the loss and the minutes he plays. Brutal.

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Game Face

The failure and ineptitude fans of the Edmonton Oilers have witnessed in seeing their team miss the playoffs in 12 of the last 13 seasons isn’t the fault of new general manager Ken Holland, but it certainly is his problem. Of that, there’s no debate.

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The Way I See It

Whether you’re diving deep into the analytics pool, reading tea leaves or just going with your instincts, making predictions is fun because no matter how you arrive at them, you’re guessing. While some guesses are more educated than others to be sure, the bottom line is it’s a guess. When you’re right, or anything close…

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Exhale

In an off-season that’s seen the Edmonton Oilers turned upside down from the general manager’s chair through the front office, the coaching staff and a roster that wasn’t good enough last season, fans around here understand all of it is secondary to the status of Connor McDavid’s left knee.

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About Mike

While it would be overstating to say I’ve got a lot of faith Mike Smith, at least the 37-year-old version of him, is the answer in goal for the Edmonton Oilers this season, Smith has at least shown he’s a bonafide NHL starter in a career spanning 571 regular season games over 13 seasons.

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Just Stop the Puck

There exists a reasonable middle ground between freaking out about Mikko Koskinen’s sieve-like performance in the Edmonton Oilers’ 6-1 loss against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place Thursday and making excuses for yet another game in which he simply wasn’t good enough. I’m doing my best to find it.

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About Persson

It’s easy to get behind a young man like Joel Persson, who took the long route to training camp with the Edmonton Oilers – he worked as a teacher with special needs children in Sweden along the way — because he’s a feel-good story.

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Slow Hand

Ken Holland was answering a question about Evan Bouchard in his availability with reporters Wednesday, but the Edmonton Oilers’ GM could have been talking about overseeing the development of any young player – Jesse Puljujarvi, for one, comes to mind. I’m guessing several other names will ring a bell with fans as well.

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Easier Said Than Done

Edmonton Oilers’ coach Dave Tippett pulled on his Captain Obvious cap Monday when he told reporters his team’s goals-against is going to have to get better if the Oilers expect to make the playoffs this season. Tippett could have said the exact same thing about goal differential. It’s not like they aren’t connected.

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Kyle Brodziak: End of the Line

If Kyle Brodziak’s NHL career is over, and that appears to be the case as he’s expected to be on IR and LTIR with the Edmonton Oilers for the entirety of this season because of ongoing back problems, he’ll leave the game with more of a career than almost anybody thought he’d have.