Game Notes Oilers @ Jets: Win One

The Edmonton Oilers are now in a must-win situation. It might be too late as they trail the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 in their opening round series after blowing a 4-1 lead in the third period and allowing three goals in 3:03. Edmonton had played excellent for the first 51:11 until Josh Archibald, who has been…


Game Notes: Oilers @ Jets, Game 3

After getting shut down in the first two games of the series in Edmonton, the Oilers are now in Winnipeg facing an uphill battle with back-to-back games on Sunday and Monday. Tonight is a must-win.


Game Notes Jets @ Oilers: Set the Tone

Winnipeg won game one because they were able to dictate more how the game was played. Edmonton was unable to play to its strength — create off the rush. Edmonton can play better offensively and if they do tonight they will have a much better chance to win. They didn’t create many second and third…


Game Notes Jets @ Oilers: Playoff Hockey Arrives

Finally. The 2021 NHL playoffs arrive in Canada as Edmonton and Winnipeg begin their first round series tonight. After four evenings of watching the American divisions do battle, the Oilers and Jets are even more amped up to get going. Players on both sides admitted the wait intensified their excitement and I expect both teams…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.