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Game Notes R2G4: Oilers Need to Keep Attacking

A few minutes after a dominating 4-1 win in game three, Mike Smith sat at the podium answering questions about his play, the Milan Lucic hit, the play of Evander Kane, Connor McDavid, and Leon Draisaitl. He answered them all, and when he was asked about enjoying this run, at his age, he mentioned how…

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GDB +9.0: Entertainment Plus Execution (8:30pm MT, Sportsnet)

“Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is that not why you are here?” – Maximus Decimus Meridius. It is one of the most memorable lines from the epic film Gladiator. The NHL isn’t life or death, like being a Gladiator in the Roman Empire, but both unfold in highly emotional arenas.

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Game Notes R2G2: Oilers Need a Good Start

There is only one way to go for the Edmonton Oilers: up. From the opening faceoff, the Oilers were overwhelmed by the Calgary Flames in game one. They allowed two goals in the first 51 seconds, a new Stanley Cup playoff record, they were outshot 48-28 and outscored 9-6. It was a dreadful defensive performance,…

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Can the Oilers Regroup?

That was a record-breaking bad performance by the Edmonton Oilers. Prior to last night, Calgary had never scored more than seven goals against Edmonton in a playoff game. They put up nine on the Oilers. The six goals Edmonton scored shouldn’t be seen as anything more than an odd distraction. The Flames controlled the game…

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GDB +8.0: Bring On The Battle (7:30pm MT, SNW)

It has been 31 years since Alberta experienced a Stanley Cup playoffs Battle of Alberta, but the past three days have made it feel like 35 years. The anticipation, angst and excitement for both Oilers and Flames fans is at a level they haven’t enjoyed in decades. And it will only increase once the puck…

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Game Notes G1 Oilers @ Flames: Key Matchups

The best part about the Stanley Cup playoffs is we see how teams react and counter what their opposition is doing. It is the same team every second day, and rarely are there any surprises. The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames aren’t going to make any significant changes to how they play. There might be…

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McDavid Magic, Oilers Depth Scoring and Smith v. Markstrom

When the Oilers needed him the most, Connor McDavid played the two best playoff games of his career in must-win games six and seven v. the Los Angeles Kings. He was all over the ice and made an impact in all three zones. “He is the best player in the world and he showed that…

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Game Seven: Nothing Better

The Edmonton Oilers haven’t hosted a game seven since 1990, when they defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1. It’s been a long time since Oilers fans got to enjoy the excited, nervousness of a game seven on home ice. How long? Mike Smith was eight years old. Duncan Keith was six while Kris Russell and @Derek…

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GDB +6.0: A Must Win Game (8pm MT, SNW)

For the first time this season the Edmonton Oilers are in a legitimate must-win situation. Lose tonight and their season is over. Win, and they return to Edmonton for game seven on Saturday night. They know the situation, and if they want to avoid another disappointing first-round upset they will need a focused effort right…

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Game Notes G6: Oilers Need a Good Start

Slow starts have plagued the Edmonton Oilers in this series. Even in the two games they won, they didn’t overwhelm the Kings early on. The Kings dominated the first period in games four and five, took a lead and ultimately won the game. Edmonton has yet to be the better team through the first 20…

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A Complete Lack of Effort

It is very difficult to play 60 minutes of sound, solid hockey, but you can’t sleepwalk through the first 40 minutes of a pivotal game five and expect to win. You could pick many adjectives to describe the Oilers’ play through two periods: horrendous, dreadful, appalling, shocking, ghastly, hideous, lousy, frightful, awful, and alarming to…

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GDB +5.0: Oilers Need A Good Start (8pm MT, CBC)

While many of the statistics, possession numbers and zone time favour the Edmonton Oilers, there is one situation they need to improve. “We need a good start,” said Duncan Keith. “I don’t think our starts have been where we want them. We need to recognize the moment and feed off our crowd.”