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GDB 5.0: Long live the WhaleTail (7pm MST, SNOil)

I don’t recall the exact day I started cheering for them, but I became a fan for two reasons: my favourite colour and a strong dislike for the Montreal Canadiens. I was nine years old when I decided I liked the Hartford Whalers. Growing up outside Edmonton I was an Oilers fan, of course, but the Whalers…

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GDB 4.0: Whiskey In the Jar (8pm MST, CBC)

The Edmonton Oilers reach Game Four of the season with a 1-2-0 record and (likely) without Leon Draisaitl. Added to the loss of Andrej Sekera, there’s more hell than a little bit when it comes to injured players on the roster. This, of course, is in stark contrast to one year ago when the entire…

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GDB 3.0: Jets D leaking Oil

The Edmonton Oilers have three 5×5 goals, one powerplay goal and one empty net goal through two games. They’ve scored five goals on 80 shots. They had 45 shots versus Calgary and 35 against Vancouver. Their 40 shots/game is fourth best in the NHL, but they are tied for 16th with six other teams, including…

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GDB 2.0: Let it Ride

The Edmonton Oilers arrive in Vancouver after an impressive home opener. Connor McDavid’s epic performance, including what might be the goal of the year, still shines bright as one of the top stories in the NHL. Cam Talbot and the defense looked calm, cool and collected, the top line was unstoppable and the rest of…

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GDB 1.0: No More Pillow Fights

In the 1980s and early 1990s, the Battle of Alberta was indeed a battle. The games were fast, quick, nasty and filled with as much anger and intensity as skill. They were must watch TV, at least the ones which were televised, and fans, players and media in both cities couldn’t wait until they faced…

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GDB -1.0: ANTICIPATION

You can’t go fast enough to get there early, so we might as well enjoy Saturday night hockey and the final tuneup for the regular season. The expectations for this edition of the Edmonton Oilers is high (too high?) after last season’s fantastic results.

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GDB -2.0: Saskatoon Delight

The Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes will faceoff in Saskatoon for the second time in 48 hours tonight, and the Oilers will be looking for a much better performance than the effortless showing they had in Edmonton on Monday. The Hurricanes are 4-1 in the preseason, while the Oilers are 5-1. Carolina will dress a younger…

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GDB -3.0: Close to NHL lineups

The Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes will both dress rosters compiled mainly of NHL players tonight. Their rematch on Wednesday in Saskatoon will have less of an NHL flavour, but tonight fans going to the rink will watch the most NHL-ready lineups of the pre-season. The pace will be quicker, players will be stronger on…

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GDB -4.0: Oilers vs. J-e-t-s

These kids arrive from far away places in pursuit of a dream. As fans of the game, we cheer for all of them, develop our favorites and follow the day to day challenges along the way. Despite a great deal of certainty about the training camp result (the die is cast for 90 percent of…

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GDB -5.0: Oilers vs. Comucks

We are in the dog days of the preseason. Tonight’s matchup will have very little resemblance to an NHL game. The Vancouver Canucks veterans are in China playing the Los Angeles Kings, so tonight’s roster for the Canucks/Utica Comets doesn’t even match the criteria for an NHL preseason game. Usually, a team has to dress…

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GDB -6.0: Going to Winnipeg

The advantage of playing early preseason games on the road is the coaching staff gets an opportunity to see how players look against regular NHL players. In Calgary on Monday the Flames had 13 regulars in their lineup, including their starting goalie, top-four defencemen and seven of their top-nine forwards. The Oilers had six regulars…

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GDB -08 and -07: Alberta Double Dip

The Oilers and Flames will continue their annual two-games-in-one-night preseason matchup as each fanbase will get to see live preseason hockey. Both fanbases are excited for the season, and both Alberta teams expect to be in the playoffs at the same time in consecutive years for the first time since 1990 and 1991. It is…