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GDB Quick Hits: Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks

The Edmonton Oilers march into Vancouver tonight fresh from their most complete game in years. We talked, argued, fought, name called, ignored, ranted, rambled, used the silent treatment, got pissy at each other, and generally had a blast all summer talking about what this team might do opening night 2017-18. I don’t recall suggesting the…

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Atlantic Preview: Rivalries set to flare in top-heavy division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series breaking down what each NHL team did over the off-season and projecting where they stand in the context of their division in 2017-18. I’m doing standings predictions from bottom to top. Also, give your predictions and rationales in the comments so we circle back and see…

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A few thoughts on tonight’s Oilers-Flames tilt

The Edmonton Oilers iced a skilled team tonight against the Calgary Flames in Penticton but the inexperience of the forward group cost them for much of the game. The Flames best players pushed for the first 40 minutes, with Dylan Wells and a solid Edmonton defense holding the opposition at bay. In the third period,…

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Quick Hits on Oilers vets and rookies

The Oilers informal skates began earlier this week at the practice rink at Rogers Place, and every day new players are arriving. Patrick Maroon and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins joined the skate this morning. Mark Fayne arrived last night, however, his equipment didn’t make the transfer in Toronto and he wasn’t on the ice this morning because…

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Atlantic Division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins.  The Panthers and Sabres are moving in a new direction again, the Lightning dealt with some housekeeping that should allow them to rebound next…

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Central Division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins.  The Blackhawks went through another renaissance and brought back some familiar faces, the Predators added to one of the best young cores in the…

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Pacific Division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins.  The Coyotes took a major step forward into actually contending, the Ducks navigated nicely through the expansion draft, the Flames continued their search for…

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The Good Stuff From The First Round – Western Conference

We looked yesterday at all of the good stuff from the first round in the Eastern Conference. Today, let’s go through everything that went down in the wild West. Edmonton? Winning something other than a draft lottery? The Hawks? Can barely even score one goal? Jake Allen is Dominik Hasek now? Playoff hockey, my friends. It’s the…