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GDB 10.0: Special Advantage (6pm MT, SNOil)

Life is all about taking advantage of opportunities. When a married man or woman gets a night out, they make the most of it. Round up your best group of friends, have a cheat meal, share a lot of laughs and chirps, stay off your phone, don’t do anything too stupid, stay out late and…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Wild: Looking for Offence

It is probably unfair, but when I think Minnesota Wild hockey I equate it to boring. It likely isn’t reasonable, but I still envision them as a trapping team. It is ridiculous, but I haven’t been able to shake how I see them as an organization since they entered the NHL for the 2000/2001 season.

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Goal Scoring Depth

Through nine games the Edmonton Oilers are averaging 3.33 goals/game, which is 10th best in the NHL. They’ve been even better defensively allowing only 2.22 goals/game (5th best). The concern with the Oilers goal scoring is the fact their depth scoring forwards only have one goal, and none at 5×5. After last season’s record-breaking lack…

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GDB 8.0: Win One For Holland (7pm MT, SN1)

A long-standing tradition in hockey is when a player “puts money on the board” prior to a game. Often it is against his former team and it is a different way to try and fire up his current team to win. In an 82-game season, you look for different ways to motivate or ignite some…

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Game Notes Red Wings @ Oilers: Ride The Wave

The Edmonton Oilers enter tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings in first place in the Western Conference. Who knows how long they will remain on top, so enjoy it while you can. This evening the Oilers will be gunning to start a season 7-1, or better, for only the fifth time in franchise history….

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Major Lifestyle Change For Ethan Bear

Ethan Bear spoke eloquently and honestly about the moment his career changed. In between sips of his post-game drink last night, Bear outlined the events during our conversation in a mainly empty dressing room after the Oilers’ sixth victory of the season. How did he go from struggling in the American Hockey league ten months…

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GDB 7.0: Take Advantage of Home Ice (7:30pm MT, SN360)

Good NHL teams win on the road, but very few good teams are bad at home. The Edmonton Oilers are 2-0 at home this season, and that is the first time they have been 2-0 since October 2010. They haven’t won their first three home games since October 2006, when they won their first six….

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GDB Game Notes: Flyers @ Oilers

The Oilers return home after a successful 3-1 road trip that ended with their first loss of the season in Chicago. The Oilers had some great chances in the first period Monday night to take the lead as Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid both found themselves in all alone on Corey Crawford, but they were…

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Don’t Overlook Oilers Defence

Through their magical five-game winning streak much of the focus, understandably so, has been on James Neal’s goal scoring and the one-two offensive punch of Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid. All three have been excellent, but they have all produced offence before. It isn’t much of a surprise McDavid leads the league in scoring with…

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McDavid Madness and Will Neal Score 30 Goals?

IThe Oilers improbable climb to the top of the NHL standings has many around the NHL re-thinking their stance on the Oilers. It is only four games, but a few things have noticeably improved. Their decisions with the puck are much better. They play quicker, they are a faster team. Their defence is more mobile…

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GDB 4.0: Going Streaking… (5pm MT, SNW)

The Edmonton Oilers will be skating after their first 4-0 start since 2008 tonight in New Jersey. It would be only the fourth time in franchise history they started 4-0. And the importance of a four-game win streak shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if you can get one in the first four games of the season.

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GDB Game Notes: Oilers @ Devils

The Edmonton Oilers skate into New Jersey plush with confidence and looking to start a season 4-0 for only the fourth time in franchise history. The schedule maker gave them a slight edge as the Devils played in Philadelphia last night and lost 4-0. The Devils have been outscored 15-2 over their last seven periods…