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Oilers Training Camp: Day Three

Today the Oilers had a longer scrimmage. They played two, stop-time 20-minute periods as head coach Dave Tippett is slowing ramping up the conditioning and intensity.

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Chicago Pain is Oilers Gain

All 24 teams involved in the playoffs began training camp yesterday, and the Oilers qualifying round opponent, Chicago Blackhawks, were without a key player.

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Training Camp: What to Expect

Let’s be honest. We don’t know if this is going to work. Will the Stanley Cup be awarded in late September or early October for the first time in NHL history? I am excited and fascinated to see what happens.

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At Random: Game On

No matter how good the news, there are those who temper it with a dose of reality. While many of us fist-pump and celebrate, they take a longer, more critical look. They’re the detached, to whom the cold, hard facts matter most. In many cases it’s their job. Those with skin and passion in the…

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Let’s Go

It’s remarkable what can be accomplished when both sides in a negotiation put their heads together and get on the same page to come up with an agreement. We’re seeing that right now with the NHL and NHLPA during unprecedented times – the COVID-19 crisis that put an end to the season back in March.

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The Call

The thing about awards or honors that are voted on, like induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, is that, aside from obvious first-ballot guys like Jarome Iginla, there is going to be debate. Not only among the 18 voters comprising the HHOF committee, where 14 voters must agree before a player is inducted, but…

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Nielson’s Notes: Oilers – Golden Knights Edition

We are closing in on the middle of March and the Oilers hosted the Golden Knights with a chance to move into first place in the Pacific. Thanks to an amazing performance from Mikko Koskinen the Oilers managed to pick up a point and increase their cushion in the race for second place in the…

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The Numbers Game

Ladies and gentlemen, another round of applause for Ken Holland, please. One of the best off-season bets for Holland has paid off and now Josh Archibald has two more years to work his ass off with the Oilers here in Edmonton.

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The Mother of All Months

After tonight’s game against Winnipeg, the Oilers have 17 games remaining on their schedule, 16 of those will take place in March before wrapping up against the Flames on April 4th.

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Oilers start their playoff run with a Saturday matinee

This afternoon, the Edmonton Oilers tweeted out the start times for the first three games of their best-of-five play-in series against the Chicago Blackhawks and it’s got me feeling all warm and tingly inside. Ladies and gentlemen, get your popcorn ready.

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GDB 40.0 Wrap-Up: Koskinen Comes up just short in 4-2 Christmas Heartbreaker

Mikko Koskinen did his absolute darndest to give the Edmonton Oilers their shot to potentially head into the holiday break first in the Pacific Division. Some unlucky bounces, a controversial goal, and a deflated third period worked against his best efforts, though. So although the Oilers got themselves off to a fairly nice start against…

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GDB 31.0 Wrap-Up: Back on Top (Oilers 2, Kings 1)

Well, well, well. Good to be back on top, isn’t it? The Edmonton Oilers briefly slipped from their spot atop the Pacific Division on Thursday and through most of the day on Friday, getting temporarily usurped by the Arizona Coyotes (2015 seems to far away!) to look down upon [most of] the rest of the…

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Building a Better Bottom Six

The recent success Leon Draisaitl’s had with Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gives the Oilers a one-two punch they haven’t had in McDavid’s career before (though, that trio won’t be together tonight). Ken Holland added wingers Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Ennis at the trade deadline. Can the Edmonton Oilers create a scary group of forwards…

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Oilers Through 80 Percent: Three Up, Three Down

The Edmonton Oilers are through 80 percent of their games in the 2019-20 season. Their 36-23-8 record is very solid and leaves them on track to make the playoffs for the second time in 14 years. I last wrote about which Oilers were trending up or down at the 40-percent mark. Let’s check in which Oilers…

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Caleb Jones is playing well in Oscar Klefbom’s absence

As far as big stories on defence go, Ethan Bear takes most of the spotlight in 2019-20. Bear is averaging almost 22 minutes a game and has five goals and 21 points playing in a top-four role with Darnell Nurse. Bear is logging big minutes and the Oilers do well with him on the ice…