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DEPLOYMENT

We are eight games into the playoffs now and some interesting deployment trends are showing up for the Edmonton Oilers. Todd McLellan is running two forwards and four defensemen hard, and getting at least some minutes out of all four lines. Let’s have a look. COMPLETE RANGE Let’s have a look at both series first….

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Cam Talbot: His Chapter

Grant Fuhr, Andy Moog, Bill Ranford and Dwayne Roloson. If you take a look at the five Edmonton Oilers teams that sipped from the Stanley Cup and the 2006 edition of the team that came within one game of making it a half-dozen, they had one thing in common – great goaltending. That’s not really…

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SMOKIN’ ACES

The deeper we get into the playoffs, the greater the chance we see one of the extra players enter the postseason. Edmonton has been blessed so far this season, with very few major injuries obstructing progress. PART-TIME PLAYOFF OILERS Iiro Pakarinen 1gp, 0-0-0 Eric Gryba 1gp, 0-0-0 Pakarinen played one game in the SJS series…

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Teams Win In Playoffs Not Individuals

The 2017 Edmonton Oilers are yet another example of how good teams win in the playoffs, not individuals. Many great and even elite NHL players didn’t have much playoff team success. That doesn’t make them bad players, it means they were on bad teams. Jarome Iginla played 15 full seasons with the Calgary Flames. They…

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Larsson Plays The Hero

He was wearing number six in Oiler silks, but the player was almost unrecognizable. The name bar said Larsson, but the playing style said something else. And boy, was his game last night something else.

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Future Free Agents: Alexander Radulov

The narrative surrounding Alexander Radulov has completely flipped in the past year. When he was inked by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-year, $5.75 million deal on the first day of free agency last summer, not long after the team had pulled off a massively polarizing swap of P.K. Subban for Shea Weber, it was met…

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Why You Should Hate the Anaheim Ducks

I don’t think I need to give you any more reasons to hate the Anaheim Ducks, but we did it in round one and we’re doing it again for round two. We’ve got less than 12 hours to throw gas on this rivalry and I wanted to come up with another list of ammunition that you can use…

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Top 100 Oilers: Ales Hemsky (22)

More than once during the 11 seasons Ales Hemsky spent with the Edmonton Oilers, I wondered what kind of numbers he’d have put up with the high-flying Oilers of the 1980s, when goaltenders were sieves by today’s standards and Wayne Gretzky and Company were scoring 400 goals a season for fun.