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The Price You Pay

“I’ve got three beautiful kids, we’re not having any more, so what the hell.” – Winnipeg Jets’ captain Blake Wheeler on taking a Kris Russell slapshot in the nuts on the way to a 4-3 triple-overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers to complete a 4-0 series sweep.

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Grease is the Word

We’ve watched enough hockey over the years to know that when the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets opened their playoff series at Rogers Place last night, space would be tighter, open ice would be more contested and grease and grunt would play a bigger part than it had during a regular season series the Oilers…

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A Different Kind of Animal

With the Edmonton Oilers on the ice for practice Monday and later in front of the notepads and cameras via Zoom, coach Dave Tippett and at least two of his players referred to the playoffs as a different kind of animal. We’ve all seen enough over the years to understand they’re right about that as…

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On Second Thought

With about 13 minutes remaining in today’s matinee between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks, and with getting through their final game of the season healthy meaning much more for the Oilers in the big picture than the final score, I thought Mikko Koskinen was looking like a decent story. Of course I did.

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At Random: 55 Down

When you’ve got two teams locked into playoff positions and trying to navigate their way to the post-season with everybody rested and healthy, and then throw them into an afternoon game for good measure, you get what we witnessed in the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday.

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Worth a Look

We don’t know if James Neal, Ryan McLeod and Alex Chiasson will be together as a line when the Edmonton Oilers open the playoffs, but they looked good as a threesome again last night in a 4-3 OT win over the Montreal Canadiens. What they are now is an option for Dave Tippett – a…

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Need a Save There, Again

It’s not entirely fair, and more than a little callous, that I have the evergreen tweet “Koskinen makes the save” at the ready in my cell phone. But that’s how it is, given Mikko Koskinen’s penchant for allowing goals on the first shot of the game – it’s something he’s done six times while tending…

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Breathing Room

Back when it was usually a hair-on-fire dash to the wire just to make the playoffs for the Edmonton Oilers, they often looked like they were out of gas by the time they got to Texas for what became an obligatory exit at the hands of the Dallas Stars. Getting there isn’t half the fun…

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Connor at 400

On a night Connor McDavid marked his 400th game in the NHL with a goal and two assists as the Edmonton Oilers crushed the already remote playoff hopes of the Calgary Flames in a 4-1 win, it’s a surprise to nobody paying attention that he downplayed the milestone, calling it “just another step in the…

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What’s the Real Deal?

One of the questions leading into the NHL trade deadline was whether Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland could make a deal for a winger, preferably a top-six guy, capable of providing some scoring punch as a complement to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl for the stretch drive and in the playoffs. It didn’t happen.

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Chasing 100

If Wayne Gretzky says Connor McDavid can reach 100 points in a 56-game season, that’s good enough for me — especially when the Great One said so before McDavid bumped his total by four to 81 with three goals and an assist in a 6-1 blitzing of the Winnipeg Jets Monday. It was yet another…

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The Zebras

When it comes to fans assessing officials in any sport, the perception of how good or how bad a job the zebras have done in any given game is tied directly to which team you’re cheering for and the result of that game. The way I see it, that’s a pretty sound baseline to start…