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Bill Daly Outlines NHL Playoff Format

Hello June, nice to see you. NHL playoffs could return in late July, which is just over a month away, but before that June will provide us with an actual hockey event: the draft lottery. How intriguing and suspenseful would it be if a team seeded 8-15 won the lottery?

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NHL is Back, Baby… (hopefully)

A mere 75 days after the NHL paused the 2019/2020 season, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman outlined the National Hockey League’s return-to-play plan yesterday. Bettman didn’t give an exact date for a return because, “anybody who gives you a date is guessing,” he said. However, he does have a plan and here is some information on…

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NHL Playoffs: Turning Back The Clocks to the 1980s?

Last week the NHL proposed an unprecedented 24-team playoff. Well, the first round would be considered a play-in, not a playoff, but whatever they want to call it, for the first time in league history 24 teams will be involved in a win-the-series-and-move-on-or-lose-and-go-home scenario. Great. I love the 24-team idea. It makes sense, and while…

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We’re a Hub, Bub

I know this will come off as homer-ism in the extreme to some, but when I look at the 10 cities on the NHL’s shortlist to be hubs when play-ins and playoffs finally get underway, I don’t see a better hub candidate than Edmonton. Tell me I’m wrong.

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The Last One

The old saying is that time flies. That seems especially true as today marks the 30th anniversary of the Edmonton Oilers’ fifth, and unlikeliest, Stanley Cup on this sunny Sunday – the first and only sip from the silverware of the post-Wayne Gretzky era.

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At Random: Selling It

We still don’t know exactly what the rest of the NHL season and playoffs will look like for sure – how many teams and how many hub cities would be involved, for starters – but we do know the Edmonton Oilers and Alberta premier Jason Kenney are in there pitching with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman…

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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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Top 10 Plays of the 2019-20 Season So Far

Over at Sportsnet, they put together a compilation of the Top 10 best Edmonton Oilers plays from the 2019-20 season and I thought it was fun to revisit these plays and scratch the itch for hockey highlights.

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WWYDW: The Wayne Gretzky Trophy

When Gary Bettman announced last week that the 2019-20 regular season had officially come to an end, Leon Draisaitl became the Art Ross Trophy winner.

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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…