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Game Notes Oilers @ Canadiens: Complementary Scoring

If the Oilers are going to go deep in the playoffs Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl will carry them offensively. Tampa Bay, Washington and Pittsburgh had their superstars drive their scoring, but you need a few timely goals from your secondary forwards. You don’t need a lot. Tampa Bay had eight forwards with two or…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Canadiens: Finish Strong

The Edmonton Oilers will finish in second place in the North Division. Connor McDavid has already reached 100 points. The final three games won’t impact team positioning, or a major milestone, but these two games against Montreal are a great opportunity to play playoff hockey. The Canadiens are playing for a playoff spot. They need…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Canucks: More McDavid Magic

If you play men’s league hockey you’ve likely experienced it. Whether he played for your team or against you. A former NHL player, or even AHL player, shows up and dominates the game. They often end up looking to set guys up, rather than shoot, but once a period they dangle three or four guys…

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Game Notes: Clinch v. Canucks

The Edmonton Oilers are going to the playoffs, but they need one point tonight to make it official. Unlike in baseball, where teams have a massive celebration when they clinch a playoff spot, the NHL is much more subdued. You could argue baseball does it better, celebrating the very necessary first step on the road…

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Game Notes Flames @ Oilers: Douse The Flames

According to Money Puck the Calgary Flames have a 12.5% chance of making the playoffs, while Edmonton is at 100%. While most things in life are at least possible, once again it is highly unlikely both Alberta teams will be in the playoffs. Between 1981-1991 both teams made the playoffs all 11 seasons and they…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Jets: Bury Them

Matchups are such an important factor in the outcome of games, and I think at times we undervalue their importance. There is a lot of truth to having a good matchup, and this season the Edmonton Oilers have matched up very well against the Winnipeg Jets. They are 6-2 thus far, and a win tonight…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Jets: New Faces

Dmitry Kulikov makes his Oilers debut tonight, while Ryan McLeod skates in his first National Hockey League game. McLeod wore #70 in training camp last season, but Kulikov will wear it tonight and McLeod will skate with #71.

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Game Notes Canadiens @ Oilers: A Look at the PP

The unique aspect of the all-Canadian division as we near the playoffs is that different fanbases are checking the out of town scoreboard and getting excited when an arch-rival wins. Edmonton and Winnipeg fans smiled watching Vancouver defeat Toronto last night. Tonight Vancouver and Calgary fans will be cheering for Edmonton to defeat Montreal in…

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Game Notes Canadiens @ Oilers: Big Guns Ready to Fire?

It is not very often, if ever, you can say the Edmonton Oilers need more from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The two Hart trophy, Art Ross and Ted Lindsay winners are usually the spark plugs who ignite the Oilers’ engine, but they’ve yet to get going offensively against the Montreal Canadiens this season. They…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Senators: Oilers Could Set A Franchise Record

The Edmonton Oilers could make franchise history tonight, and set a record that will likely never be matched. Yesterday they tied the franchise record for most wins over an opponent in a season. In 1983/1984 the Oilers won all eight games against the Winnipeg Jets. That was also part of the franchise’s longest winning streak…