GDB Game Notes: Penguins @ Oilers

It is rare to have so many great centres in one game, but tonight’s tilt features three first ballot Hall of Fame players, although one of them has always been under-hyped. Sidney Crosby has been the talk of the NHL since bursting on the scene in 2005/2006, and Connor McDavid is the new face of the…


Who gets the honour to play with Connor?

Ty Rattie played a total of 7:39 last night before leaving the game in the second period. Todd McLellan didn’t know the exact injury but said Rattie and Matt Benning are both doubtful for tomorrow’s clash against Nashville.


GDB 5.0: Home Opener (7pm MT, SN1)

Better late than never. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. A proverb and the opening line of an anonymous poem from the year 1603 fit well with tonight’s clash between the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins, because this is the latest October home opener in Oilers history. The previous late start was October 15th in…


GDB Game Notes: Bruins vs Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers are the final NHL team to play their home opener. After four road games, a record of 2-2 and over 18,000 kilometers of travel, Oilers fans finally get to see their team on home ice. The entire Pacific Division hasn’t been home very much. Calgary played their second home game last night…


Oil Change: 20 Minutes of Fire

What a third period by the Edmonton Oilers. They erased a three-goal deficit and then Darnell Nurse went end-to-end in OT to win it. That was a gutsy effort by the Oilers. Two bad defensive breakdowns in the first period put them in a hole early, but they kept battling. When the Jets took a…


GDB 4.0: Going to Winnipeg (6pm MT, SN Oilers)

“Gate 31A was Hawaii and gate 31B is Winnipeg…alright, going to Winnipeg.” It was a classic line from a Fountain Tire commercial in 2005. It obviously was a joke, since there is no airport in Winnipeg, but the Oilers are in Winnipeg and hoping to find some offence.


GDB Game Notes: Oilers @ Jets

The Oilers wrap up their four-game road trip tonight in Winnipeg. The Oilers returned home Saturday evening after defeating the Rangers earlier in the day, spent two nights in their own bed, and then traveled to Winnipeg yesterday. They’ve logged just under 18,000 kilometres so far this season, and a victory tonight would make the…


A Must Win? Sadly, Yes.

It seems ridiculous to write that the third game in an 82-game season is a must win. However, when you’ve been the worst organization, by a large margin, in the NHL over the past 12 seasons, and you struggle with winning, knowing how to win or building a winning team, it is not out of…


GDB 2.0: Be Ready, Be Better (5pm MT, SNW)

The Oilers opening night loss to the Devils was only one game, but considering how quickly last season spun out of control for the Oilers, there should be a heightened sense of urgency within the dressing room. Urgency doesn’t mean panic, it just means the players need to realize they can’t feel their way into…


GDB Game Notes: Oilers @ Bruins

Coming off a lacklustre effort against New Jersey and travelling from Sweden, the expectation is the Oilers will struggle in Boston tonight. Despite a less-than-ideal start to the season, effort and schedule wise, the Oilers might have more confidence than you think when they face the Bruins tonight.


Around the NHL: Week One

Every Wednesday we will take a tour around the NHL and, despite playing one game in the first week, the Oilers are still part of the NHL. It has been an odd start for the Oilers, but also for the Devils, Panthers and Lightning who have only played once. I understand the Oilers and Devils…


GDB 1.0: Head-to-Head Hart Winners (11am MT, Sportsnet)

Three years ago Connor McDavid chose to live with Taylor Hall during McDavid’s rookie season in Edmonton. Both were #1 overall picks, and McDavid felt comfortable residing with Hall and Luke Gazdic. Gazdic did most of the cooking, and the trio got to know each other off and on the ice. Nine months later Hall…