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Key to the Highway

Based on reports Leon Draisaitl may return to the lineup as early as Saturday. Todd McLellan’s shuffle appears to have possibly hit on a second line (Milan Lucic, Ryan Nugent-Hopkin and Ryan Strome) and allows the coach to move Draisaitl back to the top line—at least in theory. Drake Caggiula may also return this week, but…

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Major mistakes are costing Oilers

It is difficult to win in the NHL at the best of times, but it is almost impossible to win when you continually gift wrap glorious scoring chances for your opponents. Right now the Oilers are their own worst enemy. The Oilers aren’t losing due to a lack of talent. They have enough skill to…

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The sky is falling vol. 15035

There is always one person on the rollercoaster that gets to the end of the ride and says, “That’s all there is?” For as long as there have been ups there have been downs and there are always people who are going to bitch and complain right to a Stanley Cup win, then immediately start…

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What’s Wrong with the Oilers?

Two weeks in and things haven’t gone as planned for the Edmonton Oilers. While many pegged them as a Stanley Cup contender, they’ve stumbled after their shutout win against Calgary on opening night. What’s concerning about the Oilers and how much should fans worry? Is this just a slow start or a result of a…

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Calm Down Already

Alright, things aren’t good right now. I think it’s fair to say this start is concerning to everyone, even the really optimistic people. That said, we can afford to acknowledge the issues without scrambling for the ejector seat button. There are reasons to believe the team will push through this skid.

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Oilers: WTFundamentals

Every Edmonton Oilers player admitted their effort wasn’t good enough in losses to Vancouver and Winnipeg. The Oilers worked harder versus Ottawa, but their fundamentals were almost non-existent. Passing, shooting, reading the play, supporting the puck — the Oilers did this very well in game one versus Calgary, but on Saturday at home to Ottawa they…

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The Way I See It

When you have a fan base as passionate as the Edmonton Oilers do, overreaction comes as part of the deal. It’s no surprise then, with the Oilers off to a 1-3 start after getting waxed in Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Place, some of the same people who picked the Oilers…

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That’s Entertainment

I still enjoy watching a good hockey fight. Despite having all kinds of reasons, most by way of first-hand experience, to know bare-knuckle brawling isn’t great for the brain or the long-term health of the person that brain belongs to, I’ve never once turned away when the leather hits the ice and punches start to…

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Yamamoto and Puljujarvi

We are three games into the new NHL season and the math is barely awake. “One eye open” sample sizes aren’t going to give us much, but we can monitor the patient as the days go down. One question that came my way today goes like this: Why is Kailer Yamamoto still on the roster?…

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NHL Stats and Trends: Ovechkin best start of his career

Each week we’ll look at current and historical stats, who is hot, who is not, and any trends that catch our eye. Alex Ovechkin has eight goals in four games and now has 566 all-time. When the season began he was 26th all-time in goals. He has now moved up to 22nd, passing Guy Lafleur (560…

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Should the Oilers be interested in Mark Streit? How about Ales Hemsky?

Earlier today, the Montreal Canadiens seemingly put an end to one of their off-season experiments, putting veteran defenceman Mark Streit on waivers. Streit was signed to a one-year deal back in July when it became inevitable that Andrei Markov, Montreal’s best puck-moving defenceman, wasn’t going to be back with the team.