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GDB 35.0: Attack Allen Early (7pm MST, SNW)

My mother is one of the most well-read people I’ve ever met. She has read over 10,000 books and earlier this year, while renovating her living room, she installed a bookcase across an entire wall. It is filled with books of various genres. It’s almost like having a library in your own home. (She actually…

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GDB Game Notes: Blues @ Oilers

The Pacific Division just keeps winning. The Anaheim Ducks won again last night in Pittsburgh to improve to 11-2 since the Oilers hired Ken Hitchcock. The Calgary Flames are 10-2-1 in that time, while Vegas is 10-4 after a 1-0 loss in Columbus last night. The Edmonton Oilers have played quite well and are 9-3-1…

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Can Alex Chiasson be the next Alex Burrows?

Ten years ago, 27-year-old Alex Burrows had a breakout season with the Vancouver Canucks, scoring 28 goals and 51 points. His previous career best was 12 goals and 31 points. Burrows wasn’t drafted. He never played in the QMJHL until he was 19, and then at 20 he scored 35 goals and 70 points in…

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Who the hell is Warren Foegele?

I didn’t have the first clue who Warren Foegele was before I looked him up last night and likely neither did you — unless you happen to be related to the 22-year-old forward from Markham or are a fan of the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Help Wanted…

The Edmonton Oilers got a point that they wouldn’t have got on a lot of nights in recent seasons with Thursday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets. That’s a big positive, but it’s going to take more than having Ken Hitchcock behind the bench for them to get many more like that unless they…

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After 30

Like a much-needed blast from the past, the Edmonton Oilers hit the 30-game mark of this season with a 1-0 win over the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place on Sunday, a victory that improved them to 7-2-1 under new head coach Ken Hitchcock and 16-12-2 overall for 34 points.

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Monday Mailbag – What would it take to get Parayko?

Welcome, Nation, to another edition of the award-winning Monday Mailbag! Here we are on the last Monday before the Christmas break and the Oilers are right in the mix for a playoff spot, and that’s a beautiful thing. Once again, the mailbag is here to help you kill off a few minutes of company time with 3000…

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Oscar Klefbom to have surgery, will be out 6-8 weeks

The Oilers will be without their No. 1 defenceman for longer than we had originally hoped. Klefbom, who left Tuesday’s win in Colorado after blocking a shot, will have surgery on his finger, meaning he’ll miss six to eight weeks of action.

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Yamamoto vs Puljujarvi

The Oilers are pushing through their October schedule better than I think every single person here in Oilersnation expected. This is easily better than anything I ever hoped for. What’s nice, to me, is that this isn’t a case of everything going right for the team. When we look at the situation on the right…

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McDavid brings generational dominance back to the NHL

I want to talk about McDavid’s greatness for a moment, if I may. As we prepare for Connor’s 4th season in the league and the buzz around camp indicates that he may have somehow gotten even faster, I think we need to acknowledge that last year he accomplished something that hasn’t been done in 17…

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Can the Oilers be cautious with Bouchard?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Oilers draft and sign a rookie to an entry level deal, they leave that player’s exact position unfilled with competent veterans, then in camp they marvel at how well he looks compared to his competition. It’s a common thread of almost every Oiler camp I can…

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Koskinen near top of goaltender leaderboards

Remember just a few short months ago when Oilers fans cringed at the thought of Mikko Koskinen? The Mikko Koskinen signing in the summer was a heavy topic of conversation in Oilersnation and the sound of his name made many people frown.

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GDB 30.0 Wrap Up: Edmonton Oilers lay beatdown in Battle of Alberta rematch

Oh Baby! On a Sunday night where hockey fans nationwide got to listen to the legendary Bob Cole, the Edmonton Oilers shutout the Calgary Flames 1-0. Almost a month after the Flames beat the Oilers 4-2 in what was a physical affair accentuated by Matthew Tkachuk’s now infamous “turtle” against Zack Kassian, the fieriness seemed…

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Report: Oilers fire Todd McLellan, hire Ken Hitchcock

Initially reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Edmonton Oilers have fired Todd McLellan and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock. Edmonton is 26th in the NHL with a record of 9-10-1 and have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Oilers tweeted confirmation of the news not long after Dreger’s report and he is expected behind…

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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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GDB 1.0 Wrap-up: Can’t save ’em at the Scandinavium

Final Score: New Jersey Devils 5, Edmonton Oilers 2 Trade is one for one: Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2016 THE RUNDOWN The New Jersey Devils are one of a handful of teams around the NHL that are going through an existential goaltending crisis. Starter Cory Schneider is still…

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Farewell to Laurent Brossoit, the backup that never panned out

When the Edmonton Oilers picked up goaltender Laurent Brossoit in the trade that sent defender Laddy Smid to the Calgary Flames, the first few years post-trade seemed like a home run for the Oil in a slew of years that didn’t pan out. Of course, things didn’t work out quite the way they looked like…

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Do the Oilers have the depth to load up the top line?

Will new Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock play Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl together? Once again Todd McLellan’s went back to McDavid and Draisaitl. It wasn’t a surprise. The McDavid-Draisaitl combo was a McLellan favourite. Only Patrick Maroon and Jordan Eberle have played more with McDavid 5-on-5 since 2015.