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Around The Pacific: The Oilers are sliding into oblivion

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  The pack of the Pacific Division, meaning the six teams in playoff contention, are separated by just six points. I want to consider the Edmonton Oilers one of those teams, but the gap is widening.

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Nation Notebook: No, Matthews and Price aren’t getting traded

This a weekly feature that rounds up news, rumours, and interesting things happening around the NHL.  Since Matt Duchene was dealt, the dominoes seem to be falling. Lots of teams are in pursuit of forwards and there’s a good chance we’ll see more deals made well before the deadline. Apparently, we might also see Carey…

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Blues 4, Oilers 1 post-game Oil Spills: Outclassed by the best of the West

After last week’s solid Eastern road trip and the subsequent thrashing of the Golden Knights, most of us wanted to tell ourselves everything was turning around. But that wasn’t the case. The Oilers got badly outclassed by the St. Louis Blues, who rolled into Edmonton and proved why they have the best record in the…

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WWYDW: Where does Mike Cammalleri fit?

Before last night’s game, Peter Chiarelli pulled the trigger on a trade, sending Jussi Jokinen to the Los Angeles Kings for Mike Cammalleri. Jokinen boasted strong underlying numbers and played a good defensive game, but simply wasn’t scoring and the Oilers needed a boost offensively. In comes Cammalleri who’s much more of a natural goal…

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Around The Pacific: San Jose rising

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  Things have stayed largely the same in the Pacific Division, with the Kings sitting comfortably at the top, the Coyotes buried deep in the basement, and a jumble in the middle featuring the underachieving Oilers…

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Oilers 3, Devils 2 (OT) post-game Oil Spills: We going back-to-back

For the first time this season, the Oilers have won back-to-back games. They got off to a slow start but were kept in the game early by strong play from Cam Talbot. They battled back to tie the game two different time and eventually took it home in overtime. It wasn’t perfect, but it was…

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Nation Notebook: The aftermath of the Duchene trade

This a weekly feature that rounds up news, rumours, and interesting things happening around the NHL.  Last weekend, the Colorado Avalanche finally pulled the trigger on a deal involving Matt Duchene. The third overall pick from the 2009 draft has been wanting out of Colorado since last Christmas, and it was expected he would be…