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Goal Scoring Depth

Through nine games the Edmonton Oilers are averaging 3.33 goals/game, which is 10th best in the NHL. They’ve been even better defensively allowing only 2.22 goals/game (5th best). The concern with the Oilers goal scoring is the fact their depth scoring forwards only have one goal, and none at 5×5. After last season’s record-breaking lack…

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GDB 8.0: Win One For Holland (7pm MT, SN1)

A long-standing tradition in hockey is when a player “puts money on the board” prior to a game. Often it is against his former team and it is a different way to try and fire up his current team to win. In an 82-game season, you look for different ways to motivate or ignite some…

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Game Notes Red Wings @ Oilers: Ride The Wave

The Edmonton Oilers enter tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings in first place in the Western Conference. Who knows how long they will remain on top, so enjoy it while you can. This evening the Oilers will be gunning to start a season 7-1, or better, for only the fifth time in franchise history….

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In the Bank

There are a lot of ways to win, and the Edmonton Oilers have used a bunch of them on the way to a 7-1-0 record while we try to figure out exactly how good they might be when the ridiculous hot streak they’re on inevitably comes to an end.

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At Random: Bar Raised

Dave Tippett could have taken the two points and accentuated the positive after watching his Edmonton Oilers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 at Rogers Place Wednesday. After all, the win improved the Oilers to 6-1-0 on the season. What’s not to like?

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Teddy

“My name is Theodore.” The outpouring of emotion from all corners of the hockey world today after news about the passing of Ted Green at the age of 79 on Tuesday came out isn’t surprising. Terrible Ted Green was known, respected and loved by many far and wide.

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Early Returns

The Edmonton Oilers returned home from their first road trip of the season with six of a possible eight points and an overall record of five wins and one loss. You’ll take it.

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Prediction Time

If you want to be the guy who starts dropping I-told-you-sos in February then you better damn well be the guy who lays it all out there in October. The best part about predictions is that not many people actually remember the ones that don’t come to fruition. It’s kind of a win-win situation with…

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Five Things to Ponder

Things are about to get real. The next time the Edmonton Oilers take the ice for game action it will be for live fire, no more messing around. While I would describe this training camp and pre-season as a positive one there are still a number of question marks heading into the season.

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Pacific Review: Checking in after two weeks of play

Every few weeks, I’m going to take a look at how the other teams are doing around the Pacific Division. You may not care about these teams, but they directly impact whether or not the Oilers can make the playoffs. It’s been two weeks, so let’s check in. 

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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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Oilers recall Gagner, assign Haas to AHL

The Edmonton Oilers announced Saturday afternoon the team has recalled Sam Gagner and assigned Gaetan Haas to the Bakersfield Condors. Jason Gregor tweeted today that Gagner will join the team for the two-game road trip through Winnipeg and Minnesota.

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GDB 19.0 Wrap-Up: Heartbreak at the Battle Royale

Oilersnation finds itself in a pickle a few times a year, when the faithful members of the site head down to Calgary for the Battle of Alberta and inevitably have to turn to their sketchy, polarizing emergency backup to write the game recap. There was some internet drama and a bit of a creative circumvention…

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Jesse Puljujarvi is doing his part

Debate whether Jesse Puljujarvi and his agent Markus Lehto’s decision to request a trade, go public with that request and play overseas in Finland when that request has not been granted, is the right decision, but Puljujarvi’s holding up his end of the bargain.

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A Taylor Hall reunion with the Oilers could make sense

On Wednesday, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman mused about Taylor Hall’s future in New Jersey on Tim and Sid. Friedman said it’s unlikely Hall would remain with the Devils if their struggles continue. Tim Micallef joked about a possible return to the Edmonton Oilers and Friedman did say the Oilers would be interested in Hall. That makes…

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The best Oilers through two weeks

The Oilers are 5-0. Most people didn’t see the Oilers winning their first five games, but they have started strong and these points in the bag. No one can take them away. Who has been the biggest contributors to the Oilers’ (extremely) early success? It’s too easy to point to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl….