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Game Day Quick Hits: Oilers vs. Islanders

The Oilers play nine of their next eleven games on the road, and that might be a good thing considering they only have three wins in nine home games thus far. Cam Talbot is 1-2-1 on the road with a .924sv% and a 2.34 GAA, and that includes the game in Vancouver when he was…

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Oilers look to tame the bulls

The Oilers head out east on their rodeo road trip — I guess it will now be called the bull rider road trip? While you can debate the new nickname for the road trip one thing is for sure, the season so far has been as troublesome as trying to master riding an angry bull. The team and…

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Around The Pacific: The Coyotes finally won a game

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  It took them nearly a month, but the Arizona Coyotes are in the win column. They’ve got a ways to go before they can catch the logjam of teams in the middle of the standings,…

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Game Day Notes: Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers

Timing is everything. The Edmonton Oilers entered training camp with question marks on right-wing and a passel of unproven players. Entering preseason, we discussed names like Jesse Puljujarvi, Drake Caggiula, Anton Slepyshev and distant (but rising) bell Kailer Yamamoto. Luck, injury and early success allowed Yamamoto to win the day.

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Game Day Notes: New Jersey Devils at Edmonton Oilers

The New Jersey Devils are the early surprise in the NHL. They are 9-2, including a perfect 5-0 on the road. They are overachieving a bit, and will even out over the year, but their hot start has put them in a position where they likely only have to win 35 of their remaining 71…

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Game Day Notes: Washington Capitals at Edmonton Oilers

Leon Draisaitl makes a difference. We’ve been talking for a long time about LD as the next player who can push the river on his own line, but his extreme value to the McDavid line is once again obvious early in the 2017-18 season. A year from now, with Kailer Yamamoto turning 20, perhaps there…

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Game Day Notes: Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers

Two dominant combos will faceoff tonight. Since becoming linemates in the 2013, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin have produced the third and fifth most points of any players in the NHL. They’ve become the most dominant duo in the NHL. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisailt combined for 177 points last year, the most in the…

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Game Day Notes: Edmonton Oilers at Pittsburgh Penguins

It will be billed as McDavid versus Crosby 3.0. Last year, these two played more against than away from each other — 19:28 head-to-head and 16:34 apart at 5×5, in two of the most exciting games of the season. McDavid won the battle. His line outscored Crosby 2-0. The possession numbers were very close (24-23 in CF-CA),…

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Around The Pacific: Vegas, L.A. remain on top, Coyotes still winless

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  The Pacific Division is nowhere near what you’d have expected it to be heading into the season. The Golden Knights have only lost one game, the Oilers and Sharks can’t score, and the Coyotes are…

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Game Day Notes: Edmonton Oilers at Philadelphia Flyers

The Edmonton Oilers are 32-32 against the Philadelphia Flyers, but all any of us really remember are the Stanley Cup Finals and they were grand. In fact, the 1987 SCF was the best final Edmonton ever played in, a brilliant clash of stunning talent from a team of young veterans versus Ron Hextall and a…

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Game Day Notes: Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks

For the second time in three games, the Oilers face a team who played the night before. Ottawa spanked them 6-1 this past Saturday after defeating Calgary 6-0 the night before, and tonight they face a Chicago Blackhawks team who lost 5-3 in St. Louis last night. The Oilers are desperate for a victory. Here’s a…