Games Day Notes: Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames

The injury to Cam Talbot is a bitter pill for Edmonton Oilers fans, and points to a major problem for this hockey club: Depth. Along with a lack of balance, it is a key issue and surely will be discussed a lot over the summer. Both Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan have talked about this…


GDB 27.0: Desperado (8pm MST, CBC)

If you’ve looked at the standings this morning, you know this is a dire time for the Edmonton Oilers 2017-18 season. The Oilers are No. 7 in the division and seven points behind the Calgary Flames as we enter play this evening, and it could be five points or nine by the time the clock…


What’s Your Line?

I wasn’t surprised by the reaction of Oilers fans today when the news hit Jesse Puljujarvi was practicing on the McDavid line. Oilers fans have seen the big Finn alongside 97 in the past (84 minutes a year ago) but I get why there’s some excitement right now. In 2017-18, coach Todd McLellan has been…


Weekend Update: November 27, 2017

It was a busy week for Oilers’ prospects across the hockey spectrum with good news on all kinds of fronts. The AHL Condors are finding the range and the junior scorers are ripping it up. Ziyat Paigin and the Oilers have parted ways, Paige Bednorz had the story here. BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (AHL) G Nick Ellis…


Game Day Notes: Edmonton Oilers at Boston Bruins

The Edmonton Oilers arrive in Boston today with about 30 percent of the season complete. If we were to write a country song about this campaign, I’d recommend stealing the line “the money ran out and the engine blew” or “are we rolling downhill like a snowball headed for hell?” but your mileage may vary….



When a team is losing, there are predictable results. For Edmonton Oilers fans, trade rumours used to be an annual event by mid-winter. We’d talk about veterans from November to the trade deadline, at which point they were sent away with futures. Who can forget hits like “Ryan Smyth to the Islanders” or “Erik Cole…


Weekend Update: November 19 2017

Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants is healthy and making a big impact early in the WHL season. He’s the big mover among Oilers prospects in an eventful week across the prospect universe. BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (AHL) G Nick Ellis 9gp, 3.02 .905 (two games, stopped 45 of 52) G Ed Pasquale 6gp, 3.20 .893 (did not play…


Game Day Notes: Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars

The major item today is a possible shakeup of the McDavid Line. Todd McLellan mentioned it as a possibility (via Reid Wilkins) and we’ll see. Jason Gregor wrote about exactly that yesterday. Edmonton has an early (EARLY) game today, perhaps the club will begin with the usual lines and then mix and match as the…


GDB 20.0: Weed, Whites and Wine (12pm MST, SNW)

The Edmonton Oilers fan base has experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows of the past decade in the calendar year 2017. A 103-point regular season, followed by a playoff series win against the San Jose Sharks and a seven-game thriller against the Anaheim Ducks. It seems like five years ago, it was in…


Weekend Update: November 12 2017

It was a total recall for Jesse Puljujarvi this week and once again he scored in his first game of the NHL season. Here’s hoping he doesn’t come out of the lineup until 2040. Big weeks for Tyler Benson, Graham McPhee and Aapeli Rasanen. BAKERSFIELD CONDORS G Nick Ellis 7gp, 2.85 .915 (one game, stopped 36…


Game Day Notes: Edmonton Oilers at Washington Capitals

Cam Talbot is back and that’s a big deal for the Edmonton Oilers. A year ago, the club rode Connor McDavid’s offense, Talbot’s goaltending and some brilliant power-play work to second place in the Pacific Division. This season sees us viewing a different story but Talbot’s performances are improving and that’s a very good sign….