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Game Notes G5 Oilers @ Kings: Match Their Desperation

The Stanley Cup Playoffs often become a battle of attrition, especially if you get to rounds three and four. It becomes a mental battle, and playing an extra game in round one might not seem like much now, but it can become a factor later in the playoffs. The Edmonton Oilers didn’t match the intensity,…

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GDB +3.0: Killer Special Teams

The Oilers’ first power play unit has two goals. Their second power play unit has two goals. Their penalty killers, first, second and third units, have killed off every Los Angeles power play. And Darnell Nurse scored a shorthanded goal. Edmonton’s special teams have been outstanding through two games, and if that continues they will…

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GDB +2.0: Ratamoto (8pm MT, SNW)

Kailer Yamamoto is always smiling. His youthful exuberance and fun-loving personality make him a popular teammate. But when the game starts his on-ice persona is much different. He becomes Kailer Ratamoto. Despite his diminutive size, Yamamoto has become extremely annoying to play against.

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Game Notes Kings @ Oilers G2: Even Things Up

One play doesn’t cost you a game. It can, without a doubt, play a significant role in the outcome, but Mike Smith’s brutal third period turnover wasn’t the sole reason the Edmonton Oilers lost game one. Make no mistake, it was a terrible gaffe, and one he can’t make again, but the Oilers have other…

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GDB +1.0: McDavid Ready To Breakout (8pm MT, CBC)

Connor McDavid has already won two Hart trophies as the league’s most valuable player. He’s won three Ted Lindsay awards as the NHL’s most outstanding player. He’s four four Art Ross trophies as the league’s top scorer. Despite that impressive resume, I think McDavid is going to take his game to another level this postseason.

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Game Notes Kings @ Oilers: Edmonton the Favourite

After a longer-than-usual regular season, due to COVID delays, cancelled Olympics and a season that witnessed a record-breaking 1,123 players suit up for at least one regular season game — finally the 2022 NHL playoffs have arrived. And I suspect the wait will be worth it for players and fans. With buildings back to full…

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GDB 82.0: Final Rehearsal (7pm MT, SNW)

The 82-game regular season rehearsal comes to end tonight for the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks will fly back to Vancouver after the game, and then have exit interviews with their coaches and management on Saturday, before going their separate ways for the summer. Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers will prepare for the Los…

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Game Notes Canucks @ Oilers: What Will Jay Woodcroft Do?

The Edmonton Oilers have 48 wins and 102 points. The wins are tied for fifth most in a single season and the 102 points are the eighth highest total since Edmonton joined the NHL in 1979-80. They’ve had a very solid season. Woodcroft has pushed all the right buttons since he arrived, and the team…

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GDB 81.0: Chasing Home History (7:00pm MT, SN1)

The Edmonton Oilers secured home ice advantage in the first round of the 2022 NHL playoffs on Tuesday. They know they will host the Los Angeles Kings in game one on Monday, May 2nd. They have two regular season games between now and Monday, and because the results of the games won’t impact the standings…

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Game Notes Sharks @ Oilers: Keep Winning

Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft has steadfastly focused on one day at a time since he took over as Oilers head coach. He did mention the team’s larger goal of reaching 100 points a few times, but he’s repeatedly told his team to focus on what they can do today. It has worked incredibly well….