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Off the Top of My Head

Even with the Edmonton Oilers having just put the finishing touches on their best regular season points-wise since winning their third Stanley Cup in 1987 with a 3-2 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks Friday, Jay Woodcroft stayed on script, refusing to get carried away.

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On the Clock

When I look at tonight’s game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, it’s yet another reminder that time seems to pass by faster the older you get. And at my age, it seems to be moving along at warp speed.

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Off the Top of My Head

Given the choice of feeling sorry for himself when the chips are down or refusing to fold and kicking ass trying to do something about it, Mike Smith has shown which way he’s going to go every time over the course of his NHL career. He’d rather battle, a word critics not so long ago…

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When Everybody is Smitty

When things were sideways and it seemed like Mike Smith couldn’t stop a beach ball, or at least do it without getting hurt, more than a few fans of the Edmonton Oilers were calling him a washed-up has-been who needed to get gone. You remember.

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This Woodcroft Guy

I liked Jay Woodcroft’s style from the moment he was introduced to assembled media as Dave Tippett’s replacement as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. Standing, not sitting, at the podium in a power stance with his hands on his hips. I’m not sure why that image stood out for me, but it did. Here…

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Off the Top of My Head

When the Edmonton Oilers get the kind of goaltending they got from Mike Smith against the Vegas Golden Knights in a matinee Saturday, you get what the local faithful were buzzing about on the way to the parking lot after a 4-0 win.

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Hyman Makes a Difference

There’s no doubt Leon Draisaitl and Mike Smith stole the show for the Edmonton Oilers in last night’s 4-0 drubbing of the Nashville Predators, but Zach Hyman caught my eye yet again. He’s made a habit of that this season.

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He Said What?

“I wouldn’t want to play us in the first round or in the playoffs in general.” – Edmonton forward Leon Draisaitl, April 12 That snippet from Draisaitl in the wake of a 2-1 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche certainly didn’t age well as it was making the rounds this morning after the Edmonton Oilers…

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In Tandem

There’s certainly room for debate whether the Edmonton Oilers have good enough goaltending as they hit the final stretch before playoffs, but there’s no question Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith have been better in 29 games under Jay Woodcroft than they were before he arrived.

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I Wish I Had Jesse’s Game

After taking a playful poke at Dustin Nielson on Twitter today for another TSN 1260 morning show dedicated to extolling the virtues of Jesse Puljujarvi, I should set the record straight. Flaws and all, I like the player Puljujarvi has been since he returned to the Edmonton Oilers from taking time away to play with…

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Off the Top of My Head

It shouldn’t be any real surprise Connor McDavid carried a 15-game points streak and six-game goal streak into play against the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Place last night — streaks that came to an end as the Edmonton Oilers dropped a 2-1 decision in a shootout.

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Got a Save There

Mike Smith has taken more crap than a porta-potty during the Edmonton Folk Festival so far this season as he’s tried to regain his form, and with good reason. That said, it’s fair to suggest it looks like Smith is finding his game given what we’ve seen lately.