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Random Stats and the Worst Award Votes in NHL History

Good afternoon Nation readers. Do you have plans tonight? Most of you were planning to watch the Oilers/Lightning game tonight I’m sure, so we’ve come up with a different option to fill your time. But before we get to that, let’s look at some random NHL stats and some of the biggest head-scratching player awards.

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10 in 1: Adjusting to a New Normal

It is an uneasy time in our world. In the grand scheme of our lifespans, these next few weeks or months will be a very short time in our life, but very few, if any, of us have experienced anything like this. I’m confident we will be alright. It will be challenging at times, and…

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Would 3-point Wins or No Loser Point Alter The Standings

I need a break from COVID-19 talk. I know it is serious, and it is great to see our country taking precautions to prevent the spread of it, but there’s only much to say about it (listen to the experts). The one benefit of no games, is it gives me time to look at some…

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GDB 71.0: Conference Contention (7pm MT, SNW)

In a playoff race, every game matters. But some games have bigger playoff implications and tonight is one for both the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets. After tonight, the Oilers’ next five games are against Eastern Conference teams followed by four games against Western Conference teams who aren’t competing for a playoff spot in the…

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Game Notes Jets @ Oilers: Reconnect Through Practice

After Monday’s loss to Vegas Dave Tippett was very blunt about his team’s performance, or lack there of. “Our execution is so poor in a lot of different situations,” said Tippett. “Some of it is just guys being on their own page, thinking they can vary from the game plan. This is as disconnected as…

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GDB 70.0: Win and You Are In (7pm MT, SNW)

The Edmonton Oilers are a good hockey team. However, due to missing the playoffs in 12 of the previous seasons some fans are still avoiding uttering the “P” word. Playoffs for the Oilers have been harder to come by than buying a bag of toilet paper at Costco recently. But trust me, Edmonton is making…

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Game Notes Golden Knights @ Oilers: Home Ice Advantage Within Grasp

Without question, tonight’s match up against Vegas is the most important meeting between these two franchises. It is only their 11th meeting all time, and the first one with both teams in a playoff race. But despite the lack of history, this is a big game. I’d argue it has a little more meaning for…

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Deep Dive Into Remaining Schedule

There are 30 days remaining in the NHL season. Thirty days to decide which 16 teams will battle for the Stanley Cup, while the other teams’ greatest excitement will be watching a ping pong ball draft lottery. I’m certain I know which cluster teams, and their fans, would rather be in. The final 30 days…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Blackhawks: Chasing Special Teams History

The Edmonton Oilers have scored on 29.9% of their powerplays. That is the highest success rate since the 1979 New York Islanders’ PP was 31.1%. In 1978 the Islanders were 31.4%, while the 1978 Montreal Canadiens set the NHL record at 31.9% scoring 73 goals on 229 opportunities. The NHL didn’t officially calculate powerplay and…

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Sam Gagner Says Goodbye

Last week, the Oilers traded Sam Gagner and two second round draft picks to Detroit for pending RFA winger Andreas Athanasiou. Edmonton was selected Gagner sixth overall in the 2007 NHL entry draft and he became the youngest player in Oilers history to play in an NHL game. Gagner was 18 years and 55 days…

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GDB 67.0: Offence v. Defence (6:30pm MT, SNW)

Tonight is the classic case of a dangerous offence against a stellar defence. Both the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars are winning games, but they are doing so in much different fashions. Edmonton has averaged 3.63 goals/game (second most in NHL behind Philly at 3.68) since the start of 2020, while the Stars remain stingy…

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Game Notes: Oilers @ Stars: Draisaitl Dominating

The flight from Nashville to Dallas is about an hour and 45 minutes. It likely felt much quicker for the Edmonton Oilers after they crushed the Nashville Predators 8-3 last night. Now they turn their focus to the Dallas Stars, a much tougher opponent. But the Oilers are no longer the weakling of the NHL….