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GDB 31.0: Tighten Up Defensively (7pm MT, SNW)

I have a strong bias towards offensive hockey. I admit it. I respect solid defence, but I gravitate towards offensive players. However, despite my love of offence, I recognize it is very difficult to win consistently in the NHL if you give up too many goals. The Oilers offensive production has been incredibly consistent this…

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Game Notes Kings @ Oilers: Pacific Division Playoffs

I love the passion of Oilers fans. Despite a rough 13-year stretch, you are still heavily invested in your team. Most of you have found a balance to enjoy the victories and critique the losses. Losing 5-2 to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night ignited some frustration within Oilersnation, which was fair, but head coach…

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Game Notes: Senators @ Oilers – Home Cooking

The Edmonton Oilers open up a four-game homestand tonight against the rebuilding, 29th place Ottawa Senators. The Sens have lost five games in a row, including the first three on their current five-game road trip, and they’ve been outscored 17-5 during their losing streak. They arrived early this morning into Edmonton after their 5-2 loss…

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Ebb and Flow

It’s been noted more than once this season that one of the strengths of the Edmonton Oilers is that they’ve usually bounced back from bad performances with good ones. They have avoided the kind of extended losing streaks — no more than two straight — that can put teams in trouble in a hurry. Fair…

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The Way Ahead

The hockey world has been shaken in recent weeks by revelations about verbal and physical abuse by coaches from players like Akim Aliu, Chris Chelios and Johan Franzen, to name just three.

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At Random: Hammer Down

History provides context, and I got a little of that while thumbing through the Edmonton Oilers’ record book after they returned home from their five-game road swing with a 16-8-3 record after a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday. Sixteen wins in 27 games is pretty good, no? Yes.

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Nielson’s Notes: Oilers-Senators Edition

The Edmonton Oilers have done a pretty darn good job bouncing back after losses so far this season but they’ve been equally as bad when it comes to getting 3the job done against weaker opponents. They have now left eight points on the board against the Wings, Wild, Kings and Senators, and I don’t care…

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Nielson’s Notes: Oilers-Avalanche Edition

Don’t let a 4-1 loss ruin what as a pretty darn good road trip for the Edmonton Oilers. They come home with six of a possible ten points, and in my opinion, the six points they picked up were the most important ones available on the trip. Seven of ten would have been excellent but…

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Surprise Surprise

It’s November 27th and the Edmonton Oilers have a four-point cushion atop the Pacific Division. To quote the great Clark Griswold, “If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.”

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Say Your Piece: It’s Citizen Survey Time

When I first started working at the Nation, Wanye and I put together a survey to give you guys a voice in how we do things around here. Now, six years and many changes later, it’s time to dust off the ol’ survey machine to get your thoughts on how we’re doing.

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WWYDW(SE): Going All In

When Ken Holland was hired back in May, it was clear that his sights were set on the future. He inherited a difficult mess to clean up left by his predecessor, with a flawed roster, bad contracts, very little much wiggle room, and a disgruntled, frustrated fanbase.

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Pacific Division Review: The Landscape After American Thanksgiving

American Thanksgiving is a key marker in the NHL season. Generally, if you’re sitting in a playoff spot at this point, you end up making it to the big show come spring. Since the 2004-05 lockout, roughly 75 percent of teams that were in the playoffs at American Thanksgiving went on to clinch playoff berths.

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Culture

As the 2018/19 season ends for the Edmonton Oilers it might be worth taking a moment and discussing something that has been talked about a lot of late — the culture of the Edmonton Oilers and what it means to be an Oiler.

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Saying goodbye to the Nation

Just under four years ago, I started my first day working at Nation HQ as a part-time intern. The day was just five days away from when the Edmonton Oilers would select Connor McDavid first overall in the NHL entry draft, and our lives would change forever.

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The Edmonton Oilers all-decade team

As we come to a close on the decade, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what an Edmonton Oilers all-decade team would look like. And for the most part, it was uh… depressing.

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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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Paying Zack Kassian should be low on Oilers’ priorities

What a difference a year makes. Last year, Zack Kassian’s agent was pushing for his client to either be traded or reinserted into the lineup. Kassian eventually drew back in and even spent time with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, leading to a career-high 15 goals. Draisaitl, McDavid, and Kassian worked, so they started the…

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GDB 18.0 Wrap Up: Oilers shut out the Devils, win 4-0

Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils return to Edmonton in Hall’s free agent season. Hall is almost assuredly going to free agency. The Devils are awful. They’re 4-6-4 and show little signs of turning it around. Hall’s played some truly terrible teams. If, or when, the Devils don’t make the playoffs, Hall will have…