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Game Notes: Penguins @ Oilers G21

A victory tonight and the Oilers would have the best points% in the NHL at .761, but it won’t be easy as the Oilers will be without another top-four defender. Cody Ceci is in COVID protocol and won’t play tonight. Markus Niemelainen will play his first NHL game, and he will be welcomed to the…

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How Good Are the Oilers?

Through 20 games the Edmonton Oilers are off to the second-best start in franchise history at 15-5. Only the 16-3-1 start in 1983-84 was better. The hot start doesn’t guarantee success in the playoffs — nothing any NHL franchise does in October or November can impact how it performs in the postseason — but winning…

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What If Draisaitl, What If?

It seems ridiculous to even mention it, but could Leon Draisaitl score 50 goals in 50 games? The odds are astronomically low, so probably not, but to even be on pace to do it at the 19-game mark is impressive.

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GDB 19.0: Defensive Depth Put To The Test (8pm MT, SNW)

Injuries are incredibly unpredictable. You don’t know when they will occur, but when they do, an organization hopes the injury bug doesn’t bite too many key players or too many at one position. The Edmonton Oilers have had significant injuries this season, and Duncan Keith joined the walking wounded last night. He is the third…

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GDB 18.0: McDavid Chases Another Milestone (6:30pm MT, SNW)

Connor McDavid will play his 425th NHL game tonight. He needs one assist to reach 400. He is almost averaging one assist per game at this point of his career. It is pretty remarkable and only three players in NHL history have accumulated 400 assists quicker. Wayne Gretzky picked up his 400th helper in his…

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Game Notes: Oilers @ Stars G18

The Oilers begin a three-game road trip against the below-average Dallas Stars. The Stars are 7-7-2. They are 25th in points and 23rd in points%. Only Arizona (2) has fewer regulation wins than the Stars’ three. And the Oilers play both of them tonight and tomorrow. There are no guaranteed win nights in the National…

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Elks Make Sweeping Changes

This is a non-hockey related article. The Edmonton Elks cleaned house today and fired President Chris Presson, General Manager Brock Sunderland and Head Coach Jaime Elizondo. It is rare to see such extensive firings in senior management for any organization, but the Elks are coming off their worst season in decades. Major changes were needed.

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Philip Broberg Will Have to Play Big Minutes

Philip Broberg will make his NHL debut tomorrow night against the Chicago Blackhawks after being recalled from Bakersfield earlier this morning. The eighth overall pick in the 2019 draft is going to play close to 20 minutes most likely in his NHL debut, because of injuries to Darnell Nurse and Slater Koekkoek.

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Darnell Nurse Injured

Initially, I thought Philip Broberg was recalled due to Slater Koekkoek’s injury, but turns out that it wasn’t just about Koekkoek. Koekoek is injured, but so too is Darnell Nurse. Two sources have confirmed that Nurse will be out for a few weeks. It sounds like he will miss at least the remaining four games…

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GDB 16.0: Oilers Need to Up Their Emotional Intensity (7pm MT, SNW)

The Winnipeg Jets had their way with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. They were more physical, more engaged and deserved the 4-0 lead they had through two periods. Slow starts have plagued the Oilers lately. They’ve allowed the first goal in six consecutive games. It is a disturbing trend they need to stop. Slow starts…

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Game Notes: Jets @ Oilers G16

The Oilers return home for a brief-two game homestand after a rough 2-3 road trip where they allowed 19 goals in five games. Edmonton surrendered three goals at 5×5 in all five games. They are now 30th in 5×5 goals against. Only Seattle and Chicago, an expansion team and team with the worst defensive system…