Game Notes Oilers @ Blackhawks: Chasing Special Teams History

The Edmonton Oilers have scored on 29.9% of their powerplays. That is the highest success rate since the 1979 New York Islanders’ PP was 31.1%. In 1978 the Islanders were 31.4%, while the 1978 Montreal Canadiens set the NHL record at 31.9% scoring 73 goals on 229 opportunities. The NHL didn’t officially calculate powerplay and…


Game Notes: Oilers @ Stars: Draisaitl Dominating

The flight from Nashville to Dallas is about an hour and 45 minutes. It likely felt much quicker for the Edmonton Oilers after they crushed the Nashville Predators 8-3 last night. Now they turn their focus to the Dallas Stars, a much tougher opponent. But the Oilers are no longer the weakling of the NHL….


Game Notes Oilers @ Predators: March Madness Begins

To steal the term directly associated with NCAA Basketball, the Oilers are entering their own March Madness. Starting tonight they play nine games in 15 days. It is a hectic schedule, and it will be interesting to see how Dave Tippett manages the minutes of his top players. Nine of the games are on the…


Game Notes Oilers @ Ducks: Holland Does The Job

Last week, Ken Holland spoke outside the Oilers dressing room and said the players and coaches have done their job and he was hoping to help them out before the trade deadline. He lived up to his promise, acquiring Mike Green, Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Ennis. Athanasiou should have the biggest impact, as he will…


GDB Game Notes: Wild @ Oilers

In the midst of a playoff race there is no time to relax and exhale. After a hard-fought OT loss to the NHL-leading Boston Bruins, the Oilers face the desperate Minnesota Wild, who are five points behind Calgary and Arizona for the second wildcard slot, but they have two games in hand on the Flames…


Game Notes Bruins @ Oilers: Caleb Jones Ready for Opportunity

“Knock, knock, opportunity awaits,” Dave Tippett said to Ethan Bear during a morning skate in September after learning Joel Persson was going to miss a few weeks with an injury. You know the rest of the story. Bear played well in the final two preseason games and earned a spot in the opening night roster….


Game Notes Oilers @ Lightning: Injuries Abound

The Oilers’ second and third leading goal scorers, Connor McDavid (30) and James Neal (19), are out with quad and ankle injuries. McDavid is also tied for second in NHL scoring with 81 points. Nikita Kucherov, who has the most points (29) in the NHL since January 1st and is seventh in the NHL scoring,…


Game Notes Oilers vs Blackhawks: McDavid and Nurse

When Connor McDavid leaves practice early because of a leg injury/issue sustained in the previous game, it is a big story. Oilersnation will be slightly on edge this morning waiting to hear if McDavid will play tonight. He is the most dynamic player in the NHL, and when you add his injury is on the…