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GDB 72.0: The Final Nail?

I’ve felt for weeks the Los Angeles Kings were not going to catch the Edmonton Oilers in the race for a playoff spot. Today, the Oilers have a ten-point lead with eleven games to go. For even the most worrisome fan, an Oilers victory tonight should alleviate those concerns. The Oilers could put an end…

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WEEKEND UPDATE MARCH 19, 2017

Some of the leagues that house Oilers prospects are winding down their regular seasons and getting ready for the playoffs. Among other things, that may mean juniors like Caleb Jones and Ethan Bear could get in some AHL time with the Bakersfield Condors before the minor league season is over. It’s been a big week,…

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GDB 71.0: Saturday Night’s Alright

Back in the olden days, a Vancouver-Edmonton tilt meant there would be goals. On March 4, 1987 the Oilers won 8-5 over the Canucks on the west coast, with Frank Caprice stopping 20 of 28 shots. Don’t blame Caprice, the Oilers arrived wave after wave for 60 minutes during the decade. I would love to predict…

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The Roundup

Looking at the historically unique rookies in Toronto, the boring NHL Expansion draft, Canucks needing a savior, Flames finally lose but are hot, Oilers in for bumpy ride, why buying at the trade deadline is bad, 5 dream matchups in the 1st round, free agent TJ Oshie, VanHAC 2017 and more in this week’s Nation…

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The Capilano Rehab Injury Report – March 16, 2017

For the first time in 2017, we have no significant injuries to report about. I’m not saying that the Andrew Ference and Tyler Pitlick injuries aren’t important, I’m just saying that we’ve unfortunately become accustomed to them out of our lineup. For the time being, I’m going to discuss some other injuries in the Oilers system,…

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GDB 70.0: Marchand vs. McDavid

Prior to Boston’s game in Calgary last night, the Oilers and Bruins were extremely similar teams. Through 69 games the Oilers had 81 points, the Bruins had 80. The Oilers have scored 194 goals and allowed 177. The Bruins had scored 194 and allowed 177.

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GDB 69.0: Dallas, a Team the Oilers Should Beat

The Dallas Stars sit 26th in the NHL. They are 29th in GAA at 3.24. They don’t give up many shots, averaging 30.4/game (16th in NHL), but their goaltending has not been good enough. Kari Lehtonen has a .902sv% in 42 starts, while Antti Niemi has been worse with a .895sv% in 26 starts. This is…