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Effort and Consistency

There are a handful of reasons why the Oilers have just one win through their first four games. They haven’t been good enough at preventing scoring chances, their bottom six hasn’t been able to come close to outsourcing the opposition, their powerplay has been inconsistent, and their goaltender hasn’t been good enough to cover up…

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Oilers Big Guns Shooting Blanks

Entering the season, the main area of concern was: can the Oilers reduce their goals against at 5×5? In two of the four games, they did, allowing two in game two versus Vancouver and one last night against Montreal. The issue was in games one and three they allowed a combined eight 5×5 goals. Through…

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Canadiens vs Oilers 01/18/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

by OddsShark (@OddsShark) – Sponsored Post The Edmonton Oilers will be trying to rebound from a lopsided 5-1 loss to Montreal when they close out their two-game series with the Canadiens on Monday as a -110 wager on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Edmonton struggled badly in its efforts to contain Canadiens…

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Canadiens vs Oilers 01/16/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

by OddsShark (@OddsShark) – Sponsored Post The Edmonton Oilers will be without goaltender Mike Smith on Saturday night when they open a two-game series with the visiting Montreal Canadiens at home, pegged as a -105 wager on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Smith suffered an undisclosed injury that has landed him on…

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Oilers Goaltending Concerns: Smith Out

I don’t have much concern with Mikko Koskinen. He had solid numbers last season, better than many want to believe. He isn’t a proven elite starter, but he was a solid. The one issue is: Can he handle a heavy workload? We might find out, as Mike Smith wasn’t on the ice again today, and…

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Weekly Rumours – Oilers Goaltending and More

Hockey is back and it feels good. The first few weeks of the season are always exciting and considering how short the regular season is this year, they’re even more meaningful than usual. From the perspective of this rumours blog, I wonder how quickly teams act after a slow start. If a team loses four…