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Game Notes Golden Knights @ Oilers: Surprise storylines

The Vegas Golden Knights are the biggest surprise in NHL history. They are first in the Pacific Division with 109 points, fifth most in the NHL, have a 40-goal scorer in William Karlsson and four players with 60 points. All of them are having career years, and it will be interesting to see how they…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Wild: Suter, Staal and Hart

The Minnesota Wild haven’t officially clinched a playoff spot,  but they should later this week, however, their playoff aspirations took a major hit with Ryan Suter’s injury on Saturday. Injuries are brutal at any time of the year, but having your top defender injured in the final week of the regular season is the ultimate…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Canucks: 40 goal scorers

Connor McDavid became the 11th member of the Edmonton Oilers to score 40 goals in a season, and he is the first since Petr Klima scored 40 goals in 70 games in 1991. Can you name the other nine? It has been 21 NHL seasons since the Oilers had a 40-goal man and McDavid’s tally…

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Game Notes Blue Jackets @ Oilers: 100 reasons to watch

Connor McDavid’s quest for his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy (NHL leading scorer) continues tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets, another team battling for a playoffs spot. McDavid has 24 goals and 45 points in his past 27 games and has erased the 12-point lead Nikita Kucherov had over him in mid-January. McDavid now has…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Senators: Patience for Puljujarvi

The Ottawa Senators have had one top five draft pick — Jason Spezza 2nd overall in 2001 — in the past 21 years, but that could change this year. They are currently 28th in the NHL, and have the fourth best odds to win one of the three draft lotteries. They are 5-7-1 in their…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Hurricanes: 2006 was so long ago

Twelve years ago, the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricane went to game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals and the Hurricanes hoisted their first NHL championship. Since then, both organizations have only made the playoffs once in 12 seasons. The Hurricanes in 2009, going all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals, and the Oilers…

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Game Notes Sharks @ Oilers: Power Play Lows

The Edmonton Oilers had a powerplay for the final 1:53 of regulation last night, which turned into a six-on-four with 1:27 remaining when Cam Talbot was pulled for an extra skater. The Oilers managed a measly two shots attempts. Milan Lucic fired wide with :54 seconds remaining and Mike Smith stopped Connor McDavid’s shot with…

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Quick Hits Oilers @ Flames: Rivalries and 600 goals

The Oilers and Flames will meet for the 237th time tonight in the regular season. The Flames have won 117 games and the Oilers have won 100. The Oilers have won the past seven meetings, their longest winning streak of the rivalry, and they will look for their eighth consecutive victory tonight. The Flames have…

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Quick Hits Islanders @ Oilers: Hot Streaks

I’m a massive fan of offence. I’m much more entertained by a game that involves multiple lead changes and goals in bunches, and New York Islanders games are never short on entertainment. Their games have produced the most goals in the NHL with 452. They are sixth in goals scored, 213, and they’ve allowed the…

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Quick Hits Coyotes @ Oilers: Back to the win column

The Edmonton Oilers are 5-10-1 since February 1st. They are showing no signs of improvement. I’ve never bought into the “it is easier to play once you’re out of the playoff race” theory, and the Oilers are proving it. The lack of advancement in any aspect of their team play is the most concerning factor…

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Quick Hits Oilers vs Predators: Poile matches Sather

The Nashville Predators are first in the Western Conference, and second overall in the NHL with 87 points. A stunning third-period comeback in Winnipeg on Tuesday was the Predators’ 39th win of the season, but it was also the 1,319th victory for general manager David Poile. With the win Poile tied Glen Sather for the…