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At Random: The Moving Target

Given the Edmonton Oilers’ overall record of 8-8-1 despite a very difficult start to the schedule, the temptation for some might be to grasp the silver lining that suggests .500 isn’t so bad, all things considered. I’m guessing the number of people who feel that way is dwindling fast, as it should be.

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Reuniting McDavid and Draisaitl isn’t the solution

After a disheartening loss that saw the team’s losing streak extend to four games, Todd McLellan has whipped out the blender. This time, he’s going back to his old, trusty solution of putting Leon Draisaitl alongside Connor McDavid on the top line. Unfortunately, that isn’t the solution to what ails this team.

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Is it time to worry?

When the Oilers embarked on their four game road trip, they were in a very great spot. They had won four of their last five and were in a position to take over the top spot in the Pacific Division if they could win their games in hand.

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Optics, my eye

For a league so concerned with optics that it felt the need to fine Milan Lucic of the Edmonton Oilers $10,000 for punk-slapping Mathieu Joseph of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL doesn’t seem capable of seeing the forest for the trees. Essentially, the NHL fined Lucic the maximum amount allowed, pocket change for him,…

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Should Peter Chiarelli go all in?

Despite dropping two straight games, the Edmonton Oilers are in a very nice spot. A combination of their strong start to the season and a rather weak Pacific Division has put them in a position where the playoffs are a very realistic goal. Given the team’s current situation, some are already starting to think ahead…

52

Time to vent

As the Oilers work their way through this four-game eastern conference swing a few things have popped up that I need to chime in on. Let me start by saying that even if they lose to Florida on Thursday they are still ahead of the game and off to a better start than most of…

59

Show me something

Back in September before this season began, Milan Lucic talked about regaining his confidence and scoring touch, about putting a miserable and frustrating second half to his 2017-18 season with the Edmonton Oilers behind him.

51

Roll with it, baby

At this point in the season, nitpickers can always throw out the small sample size caveat, and that’s fair, but there’s a lot to like about the Edmonton Oilers right now after their 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings beyond their 8-4-1 record going into a game against the Washington Capitals Monday.

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The 20-Footer

Whenever I can, I stop out at the Little Lot, a classic car place off Winterburn Road on the outskirts of town, to shoot the breeze with my pal Jeff Danyluk about old cars and hockey. I like to think that I know a lot about both, and he likes to pick my brain about…