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GDB 29.0: Wild About Talbot (7pm MST, SNW)

Cam Talbot makes consecutive starts for the first time since November 8th and 11th v. Florida and Colorado respectively. Talbot was pulled 25 minutes into the Colorado game after allowing three goals on 14 shots. Since then he’s only started three of the next eleven games, but after a solid performance in St.Louis on Wednesday,…

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Oilers Questions: What Are The Answers?

Last night Cam Talbot played his best game in 40 days. He made some huge saves — two on Cole Sanford and the breakaway stop on Ryan O’Reilly — to keep the Oilers in the game and allowed Oscar Klefbom to tie it late in the third before winning in a shootout. Talbot is capable…

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GDB 28.0: Beat Up Blues (6pm MST, SNW)

Oilersnation watched in frustration, and some fear, when the Oilers played without Connor McDavid. It didn’t paint a pretty picture, but thankfully for the Oilers he will return to the lineup tonight. The St.Louis Blues aren’t as lucky. They are tied for last place in the NHL and tonight they will be without five regulars….

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GDB Game Notes: Look Away — I’m Hideous!

One of the my favourite scenes in Seinfeld ends with Kramer’s infamous, “Look away, I’m hideous.” “What happened to your face, it looks like an old catcher’s mitt. It’s from all that smoke. You’ve experienced a lifetime of smoking in 72 hours. What did you expect?” saysJerry Seinfeld “Emphysema, birth defects, Cancer, but not this!…

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Random Thoughts: No depth, Go For it and a Rare Winning Streak

I thought the Oilers competed hard without their Captain last night, but his absence put an even brighter spotlight on the lack of offence Peter Chiarelli has compiled around him. The major concern is I don’t see a quick fix. The stats and odds suggest the scoring droughts of many Oilers forwards should end, but…

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GDB 27.0: Streaking Stars (6:30 pm MST, SNW)

The sports saying, “You are only as good as your best players,” is usually quite accurate. In hockey you have best players at various positions, and when your best forwards, defenceman and goalie are playing well, your chances of winning increase significantly. The Oilers are 4-1-1 in the last six games and are in the…

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GDB 24.0: Banged Up Stars (7pm MST, SNW)

The NHL season is filled with unpredictability. It is impossible to predict injuries, and I doubt anyone in the Stars organization would have expected their blueliners on a seemingly endless train through the infirmary. Four of their regulars are out tonight and their starting goalie, Ben Bishop, will miss his fourth game.

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GDB Game Notes: Stars @ Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers first five games of an eight-game stretch v. Pacific division opponents, and the Dallas Stars, has been anything but smooth. The Oilers are 1-3-1 and have been outscored 20-12. Despite the sluggish five games, they are only three points behind Vegas for third in the division and four back of Dallas for…

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GDB Game Notes: Oilers @ Ducks

It is Thanksgiving weekend in the United States and today is arguably bigger than Christmas in the USA, especially for shoppers. Americans love their matinee sporting events and that is why today’s game starts at 1 p.m. PST (2 p.m. MST). Don’t look now, but the Oilers are 3-0 in matinee games this season. They…

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GDB Game Notes: Oilers @ Sharks

The Oilers skate into the Pacific time zone for the first time tonight in San Jose, and they will be looking for a much more consistent effort than what they showed v. Calgary and Vegas. The great part of NHL hockey is teams rarely have to wait long for an opportunity to rebound from a…