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Caleb Jones Feeling Confident Again

Very few NHL career paths have a smooth, consistent trajectory. Most of them are filled with peaks and valleys and more potholes than an Edmonton street in spring. The list of players, even some Hall of Famers, who had early success, only to struggle the following season, is long. Consistency is very hard to capture,…

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Depth Scoring Isn’t Issue In Edmonton

Which one do you read or hear about more? The Oilers lack depth scoring. Edmonton relies on two players too much. I suspect you’ve heard or read those comments or some similar facsimiles often in recent years. It was valid in 2019 and 2020 when the OIlers were 23rd and 20th in 5×5 goals for,…

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Monday Musings: Is Kulikov Addition Enough?

The great part about the buildup and hype surrounding the trade deadline is the varying opinions on which trades were good, bad or negligible. Emotions and opinions get amped up more than most days and you are either on one side or the other. There is very little middle ground, which makes the debates more…

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Will Holland Make A Move?

The 2021 NHL trade deadline is Monday at 1 p.m. MT. The Edmonton Oilers are securely in a playoff spot sitting 17 points ahead of fifth place Vancouver and sixth place Calgary. They will be in the playoffs. The only question is: Will it be with the players currently on the roster, or will General…

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GDB 41.0: Youthful Exuberance (5pm MT, SNW)

My seven year old son stepped on the scale yesterday and proudly declared, “I’m a 59 pounder.” His quest to reach 60 pounds continues. It seemed like only last month he was giddy as he closed in on 40 pounds, despite that being over two years ago. Having an upbeat, active and happy child is…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Senators: Oilers Could Set A Franchise Record

The Edmonton Oilers could make franchise history tonight, and set a record that will likely never be matched. Yesterday they tied the franchise record for most wins over an opponent in a season. In 1983/1984 the Oilers won all eight games against the Winnipeg Jets. That was also part of the franchise’s longest winning streak…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Senators: Afternoon Delight

Late afternoon weekday games for the Edmonton Oilers are very rare, and by my research today is the first on a Wednesday, but they have played games this season on Saturday that start at 5 p.m. local time, so the start time should not be an excuse for a sluggish start.

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GDB 39.0: Playoff Preview (5pm MT, SNW)

The four North playoff sports are virtual locks and there is a chance we could see an Edmonton/Montreal playoff series for the first time in 40 years. Their only playoff matchup occurred in 1981, when the 14th-seeded Oilers swept the third-seeded Canadiens in three straight games. The following season the NHL playoff format switched to…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Canadiens: Will We See Much Offence?

Four Games. Four lopsided results. The Edmonton Oilers versus Montreal Canadiens games haven’t been very competitive so far this season. Montreal won 5-1, 3-1 and 4-0, while the Oilers won 3-0. Not only have they been one-sided, the loser didn’t show much of an offensive pulse.

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GDB 38.0: No Passengers Against Calgary (7pm MT, SNW)

The Edmonton Oilers are 4-2 against the Calgary Flames this season. They’ve outscored them 26-17. Thirteen players have scored a goal and 20 players have at least one point. They have defeated the Flames by getting offensive contributions throughout the lineup. It is trend they hope to continue tonight.