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Health, Instant Chemistry and Suddenly a Dangerous Second Line

On November 30th after a solid first two months the Oilers were 16-9-3, in first place in the Pacific Division and fifth overall in the NHL. But when the calendar turned to December, the Oilers started sliding like a car without winter tires. The results were ugly. In the first 30 days of December the…

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Jones Discusses His New Contract

Caleb Jones signed a two-year extension yesterday with an AAV of $850,000. He will make $800,000 next season and $900,000 in 2021/2022. Jones has played 23 games this season and 40 in his NHL career, but he has looked more comfortable each game. He’s played mainly on the right side — his off-side — which…

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Woodcroft discusses Benson, Bouchard, McLeod and More

Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland vowed to be patient with young prospects and not bring them up to the NHL until they were ready to contribute. Since being recalled from the AHL, Kailer Yamamoto has made an impact. He is much more NHL-ready today than he was when the previous regime tried to rush him…

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GDB 48.0: Birthday Power? (7pm MT, SNW)

Leon Draisaitl was drafted third overall by the Edmonton Oilers on June 27th, 2014. He made his NHL debut a year later, but since he was drafted the Nashville Predators have absolutely dominated the Edmonton Oilers. Nashville is 14-1 against the Oilers since October 29th, 2014. Pekka Rinne has won 12 consecutive starts. Juuse Saros…

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Kassian: I’d Do It Again

Earlier today in a large media scrum Zack Kassian discussed his two-game suspension, what led to it and what the future looks like. He was very candid and honest about the entire process. He along with his agent and Oilers general manager Ken Holland were on the call, along with some people from the NHLPA…

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Game Notes Predators @ Oilers: The Race Is On

The race in the Pacific Division is the closest we’ve ever seen this late in a season. The top five teams are separated by two points and all of them are in a playoff position. Yesterday morning the Calgary Flames were in first place with 55 points. They lost in Montreal, and dropped to second,…

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The Battle of Alberta Is Back!

Matthew Tkachuk is a rare skilled player who plays cheap and sometimes dirty. Opposing teams and fanbases loathe him, as they should, while Calgary Flames teammates and fans seemingly adore him. He is the agitating piece-of-shit every rivalry needs.

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The Oilers Need Matt Benning

Matt Benning has only played a total of 12:39 since November 16th. He played 2:55 against the San Jose Sharks on November 19th, before leaving the game after Evander Kane swung his stick to hit a puck and connected directly with the side of Benning’s head and his ear. He sat out for 10 days….

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Game Notes Oilers @ Habs: Owning Carey Price

The Oilers are 10-5-2 against bottom-10 teams in the NHL, which the Montreal Canadiens are after a seven-game winless streak has them plummeting down the standings to 25th place. They were winless in eight games earlier this season, and going 15 games without a win almost guarantees you won’t make the playoffs. But despite their…

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Trade Bait

The NHL trade deadline is just over six weeks away. Will the Edmonton Oilers be buyers or will Ken Holland stand pat? I honestly don’t think the latter is a realistic option. Holland has been patient thus far, and his patience has been rewarded as the Oilers are right in the mix for a playoff…

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Thank You, Thank You

Sometimes words aren’t enough, but I wanted to pass along a heartfelt thank you. In November of 2011, I came up with an idea to help others. I didn’t have much of a detailed plan at the time. I’ve learned a lot along the way, but back then I was simply hoping through my platform,…