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Perlini is Happy to be Back in the NHL

Brendan Perlini was selected 12th overall pick at the 2014 NHL entry draft by the Arizona Coyotes. He turned pro two years later. He started in the AHL and promptly scored 14 goal and 19 points in 17 games with the Tucson Roadrunners. That earned him a callup to the Coyotes and he finished the…

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First Impressions: Good and Bad

Research has shown that people form conclusions — which rarely change — the moment they see or hear another person for the first time. It is an interesting phenomenon, and one that definitely exists in sports. However, I do believe some people will change their original opinions on players, but often it takes a long…

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Game Notes: Canucks @ Oilers G1

The Edmonton Oilers are a good team. How good remains to be seen, but after years, heck decades, of being a non-contender, the Oilers are once again a legitimate playoff contender. After one year in the all-Canadian (North) division, Edmonton returns to the Pacific Division and with Vegas, Vancouver, Calgary, Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim…

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Oilers Will End 34-Year Drought

The chorus in Sam Cooke’s song, A Change is Gonna Come, accurately depicts how I view the Edmonton Oilers 42nd NHL season. It’s been a long A long time coming But I know a change gonna come Oh, yes it will

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Playfair Outlines Four Area of Defending

I love interviews where I learn something. I’ve been blessed to interview coaches and players in many sports over the past 20+ years, and usually you can glean some information from one or two or their responses. However, the best interviews are when the guest is willing to share their information and go in-depth with…

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GDB -7.0: Looking To Build Chemistry (7pm MT, SN1)

It isn’t just players who use the preseason to sharpen their skills and prepare for the season. Head coaches will also use it to experiment with different combinations, or try to create chemistry and familiarity for new players to the team. Oilers bench boss Dave Tippett will be doing that tonight when he plays Zach…

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Don’t Disparage Second Assists

In recent years there seems to be an attack on “second assists,” as if they are somehow they are less valuable than first assists. I don’t get it, because no two assists are alike, whether they are the first or second. Sometimes the second assist was more important than the first. Last season Tyson Barrie…

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Ten Tuesday Thoughts…

The NHL regular season begins next Tuesday when Pittsburgh plays the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lighting and the NHL officially welcomes its 32nd franchise to the league when Seattle travels to Vegas.

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GDB -6.0: NHL Ready Rosters (7pm MT, Streaming)

The Edmonton Oilers roster is almost finalized. There weren’t many legitimate roster spots available when training camp opened, and 13 days, and five preseason games, into training camp, Dave Tippett has reduced his roster to 15 forwards, eight D-men and three goalies.

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GDB -4.0: Competition Increases (8pm MT, Streaming)

With every passing day the opportunity to win a spot on the 23-man roster intensifies for those looking to impress Dave Tippett and the rest of his coaching staff. After tonight’s game in Seattle there won’t be as much ice time for those battling for jobs on the fourth line or as extra forwards. And…