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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…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Kings: Meaningful Games Are Fun

In the past 17 seasons, Oilers fans haven’t had many years where they were anxiously anticipating a key matchup in the final weeks of the regular season. In 2006, 2009, 2013, 2017, 2020 and 2021 the Oilers were in the playoff hunt. They made it 2006, 2017 and 2021. In 2020 the season stopped abruptly…

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Game Notes Blues @ Oilers: Full Team Effort

The St. Louis Blues don’t have an elite offensive producer, but they are a very good offensive team. They rank fifth in goals/game at 3.52, and possess the third best power play at 26.2%. Their leading point producer, Jordan Kyrou, sits 40th in NHL scoring with 62 points, but the Blues lead the NHL with…

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Game Notes Kings @ Oilers: Playoff Preview?

It has been 30 years since the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings met in the playoffs, but with 15 games remaining in the season, a first-round matchup between Wayne Gretzky’s first two NHL teams is possible. They’ve only made the playoffs in the same year three times — 1997, 1999, and 2000 — since…

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Game Notes Coyotes @ Oilers: Defensive Reset

Not all records are the same. The Edmonton Oilers tied a franchise record during Saturday’s 9-5 loss in Calgary that they didn’t want. The Oilers allowed nine goals against at 5×5 for the second time in franchise history. The first occurred January 8th, 1986, during an 11-9 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was…

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Game Notes Sharks @ Oilers: Assessing Nurse’s Value

I long for the days when players were evaluated for their play on the ice. A player either played well or he didn’t, but now salary has become part of the evaluation and salary impacts how some people view a player. A prime example of this is Darnell Nurse. He currently has a $5.6m cap…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Stars: Recharge In Dallas

Mikko Koskinen will likely need to be sharp early in the game tonight while his teammates find their legs. The Oilers/Avalanche game last night was the fastest game the Oilers have played this season. It was incredible to watch. It looked like a playoff game for long stretches. The pace was ferocious. There were big…