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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…

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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….

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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,…

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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…

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Game Notes Oilers v. Sharks: San Jose Struggling

The San Jose Sharks have made the playoffs in 19 of the past 21 seasons. Since Doug Wilson took over in the summer of 2003, the Sharks have the most wins in the NHL, and have only missed the playoffs once — 2014 with 89 points — but they skate into Edmonton in 26th place…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Coyotes: One Injury Has Been Costly

Is it simply a rough stretch, or do the Arizona Coyotes need Darcy Kuemper healthy to stay in the race for home ice advantage in the Pacific Division? If you look solely at the numbers they suggest Kuemper’s absence, since December 19th, is the main reason the Coyotes have slid down the standings.

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Spector: Kassian contract likely in $3.25-3.5-million range

News surrounding a new contract for Edmonton Oilers F Zack Kassian continues to come out with the latest identifying what the contract could look like. During Saturday afternoon’s matinee against the Arizona Coyotes, Sportsnet’s Mark Spector said Kassian’s new contract is likely in the range of four years with an AAV of $3.25-3.5-million.

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Game Notes Predators @ Oilers: The Race Is On

The race in the Pacific Division is the closest we’ve ever seen this late in a season. The top five teams are separated by two points and all of them are in a playoff position. Yesterday morning the Calgary Flames were in first place with 55 points. They lost in Montreal, and dropped to second,…