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GDB +7.0: All Out Orange Battle

Finally, the second round begins, and the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks should put on quite a performance. This will be a much more intense, hate-filled series than what Oilersnation witnessed in round one against the Sharks. There was very little animosity last round. That will change and I suspect it might only take a…

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GDB +6.0: HOTEL CALIFORNIA

After a thrilling Game 5—we will remember that game forever—the Edmonton Oilers have a chance to close out the series and possibly end the era of excellence in San Jose that began in the early days of this century.

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GDB +5.0: Penalties, Matchups and More

We are four games into a series that could easily go the full seven games, and we have witnessed four very different games. It is hard to predict what will unfold tonight, but when you crunch the numbers and dig into the matchups we’ve seen through the first four games, there are some obvious factors that…

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GDB: +4.0: Commanding lead or best-of-three?

There are two possible outcomes in California this evening. In one, the Edmonton Oilers win Game 4, taking a 3-1 series lead over the San Jose Sharks. Historically, teams with a 3-1 lead win just over 90 percent of those series, and teams with home ice advantage (as the Oilers have) win 92 percent. It…

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GDB +3.0: California Dreaming

Despite a decade between drinks, Oilers fans have taken to the playoffs like a duck (spits) to water. Bringing the loud to the Rogers Place has been a seamless transition, and may I just say we seem to have improved our singing since 2006. The chorus had form, clarity and range! Music! The Oilers as a…

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GDB +2.0: Oilers Expecting To Be A Smarter Team

“It was one game. Our game didn’t go to crap because of one night. We can learn from it, but we are excited and upbeat,” Patrick Maroon said Thursday morning. He was surprised how many people were freaking out and pushing the panic button. This is his sixth playoff series, and his teams are now…

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GDB +1.0: Finally: Playoffs

After the disappointing loss in game seven of the Stanley Cup Final, even the most pessimistic fan wouldn’t have predicted it would take almost eleven years before the Oilers returned to the playoffs. But it happened. And it was painful. Last night I emceed the Minerva Foundation’s 40th annual playoff draft and throughout the night…

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GDB 82.0: AT THE HUNDREDTH MERIDIAN, WHERE THE GREAT PLAINS BEGIN

Beginning in March of 2007, the Edmonton Oilers experienced a false spring every spring. The team got so good at losing, fans rallied around the idea of draft lottery parties, but that became unpalatable when the lottery became an annual thing. It seemed, from 2007 through 2015 and the McDavid lottery, nothing rhymed. So it…

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GDB 81.0: Ahead by a Century

We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.  After 10+ years of mind-numbing misery, Edmonton Oilers fans have so many wonderful storylines to follow that the mind boggles. As we prepare for the game tonight on the left coast, let’s have a look at…

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GDB 80.0: A Playoff Preview?

We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.  The Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks have met once in the playoffs. The Oilers won the second-round series 4-2 in 2006. Doug Wilson is still the Sharks GM and Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are…

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GDB 79.0: Road Win leads to Home Ice

We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.  The Edmonton Oilers can secure home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs by playing well on their final three-game road trip of the season. Edmonton is one of eight teams who will play…

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GDB 78.0: Pacific Heights!

There’s not a man alive who can look me in the eye and tell me they knew this was coming. At the other end, there are people who believe this Oilers team is playing above their heads right now, and tonight’s game represents a very good test for a young, emerging team. Ladies and men:…