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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.”

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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.