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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….

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GDB 80.0: Oilers Can Secure Home Ice (5pm MT, SNW)

On the 51st night of the 2021-22 NHL season, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 and improved their record to 16-5. The loss dropped the Penguins’ record to 10-8-5. The Oilers won that game without Darnell Nurse, Cody Ceci or Duncan Keith. All three were injured and replaced by William Lagesson, Markus Niemelainen…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Penguins: Trending In Different Directions

The Pittsburgh Penguins won the draft lottery in 2005 and selected Sidney Crosby. It was a massive turning point for the franchise. The Edmonton Oilers made it to the Stanley Cup final the next season, 2006, and lost in game seven. It wasn’t a positive turning point for the franchise. Between 2007 and 2021 the…

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The Worst Time for Injuries

The 2022 NHL playoffs begin next Monday. Sixteen teams will begin their quests for the Stanley Cup, and luck and good timing play almost an equal role as skill, determination, commitment, and discipline for the team who will ultimately hoist the Cup in June.

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GDB 78.0: Oilers Dominating on Home Ice (7pm MT, SNW)

Lately, the Edmonton Oilers have played the role of the Ford F-150 while visiting teams have played the animal unable to avoid the tires. They’ve been roadkill. The Oilers are 11-0-1 in the last 12 home games, and the loss came in a 2-1 shootout loss to Colorado. The Oilers haven’t lost while playing actual…

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Game Notes Avalanche @ Oilers: Can Edmonton Beat Colorado?

The Colorado Avalanche have been the best team in the Western Conference all season. They are the favourite to represent the west in the Stanley Cup, so much so that Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said, “If you are a wildcard team I sure as hell wouldn’t want to play Colorado in the first…

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GDB 77.0: Oilers Improvement In Both Ends (6:30pm MT, SNW)

Much of the focus on the Oilers’ improvement under Jay Woodcroft has been about the reduction in goals against and the Oilers’ defensive play. It makes sense since both have improved, but the offensive improvement under Woodcroft has been equally as good. And I mean exactly the same.

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Game Notes Stars @ Oilers: Mike Smith Looks to Match Career High

The Edmonton Oilers have never had three consecutive shutouts. They’ve had back-to-back shutouts six times, including their previous two games when they blanked Nashville and Vegas by identical 4-0 scores. Expecting a third consecutive shutout tonight seems unlikely, although the New York Rangers posted their third in a row last night, but the Oilers will…