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Game Notes G6: Oilers Need a Good Start

Slow starts have plagued the Edmonton Oilers in this series. Even in the two games they won, they didn’t overwhelm the Kings early on. The Kings dominated the first period in games four and five, took a lead and ultimately won the game. Edmonton has yet to be the better team through the first 20…

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Game Notes G5 Oilers @ Kings: Match Their Desperation

The Stanley Cup Playoffs often become a battle of attrition, especially if you get to rounds three and four. It becomes a mental battle, and playing an extra game in round one might not seem like much now, but it can become a factor later in the playoffs. The Edmonton Oilers didn’t match the intensity,…

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Game Notes Kings @ Oilers G2: Even Things Up

One play doesn’t cost you a game. It can, without a doubt, play a significant role in the outcome, but Mike Smith’s brutal third period turnover wasn’t the sole reason the Edmonton Oilers lost game one. Make no mistake, it was a terrible gaffe, and one he can’t make again, but the Oilers have other…

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Game Notes Kings @ Oilers: Edmonton the Favourite

After a longer-than-usual regular season, due to COVID delays, cancelled Olympics and a season that witnessed a record-breaking 1,123 players suit up for at least one regular season game — finally the 2022 NHL playoffs have arrived. And I suspect the wait will be worth it for players and fans. With buildings back to full…

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Game Notes Canucks @ Oilers: What Will Jay Woodcroft Do?

The Edmonton Oilers have 48 wins and 102 points. The wins are tied for fifth most in a single season and the 102 points are the eighth highest total since Edmonton joined the NHL in 1979-80. They’ve had a very solid season. Woodcroft has pushed all the right buttons since he arrived, and the team…

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Game Notes Sharks @ Oilers: Keep Winning

Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft has steadfastly focused on one day at a time since he took over as Oilers head coach. He did mention the team’s larger goal of reaching 100 points a few times, but he’s repeatedly told his team to focus on what they can do today. It has worked incredibly well….

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Game Notes Oilers @ Penguins: Trending In Different Directions

The Pittsburgh Penguins won the draft lottery in 2005 and selected Sidney Crosby. It was a massive turning point for the franchise. The Edmonton Oilers made it to the Stanley Cup final the next season, 2006, and lost in game seven. It wasn’t a positive turning point for the franchise. Between 2007 and 2021 the…

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Game Notes Avalanche @ Oilers: Can Edmonton Beat Colorado?

The Colorado Avalanche have been the best team in the Western Conference all season. They are the favourite to represent the west in the Stanley Cup, so much so that Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said, “If you are a wildcard team I sure as hell wouldn’t want to play Colorado in the first…

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Game Notes Stars @ Oilers: Mike Smith Looks to Match Career High

The Edmonton Oilers have never had three consecutive shutouts. They’ve had back-to-back shutouts six times, including their previous two games when they blanked Nashville and Vegas by identical 4-0 scores. Expecting a third consecutive shutout tonight seems unlikely, although the New York Rangers posted their third in a row last night, but the Oilers will…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Predators: Get Back On Track

Go big or go home seems to be the motto of the Edmonton Oilers some nights. In 30 games under Jay Woodcroft the Oilers are 19-8-3. Overall they have been quite impressive, but they’ve also shown an ability to completely unravel. They’ve had three ugly losses under Woodcroft, losing 7-3 to Minnesota, 9-5 to Calgary…