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A Step In The Right Direction

The adage “Rome wasn’t built in a day” works well when discussing the Edmonton Oilers. If they want to win consistently they need to be better defensively at 5×5. Last night was another positive step in building their foundation. It wasn’t pretty, In fact, the first 40 minutes were as uneventful a NHL hockey game…

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In the eye of the beholder

Fans of the Edmonton Oilers were sour after watching their team get swept by the Montreal Canadiens by scores of 5-1 and 3-1 at home this week. Understandable. What I’m not getting today is the moaning and groaning by some in the wake of Wednesday’s 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Hogtown. Any…

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Oilers vs Maple Leafs 01/20/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

by OddsShark (@OddsShark) – Sponsored Post The Edmonton Oilers will be hoping to overcome a worrisome slow start when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night as +130 underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Edmonton hits the road for the first time this season after suffering consecutive lopsided losses…

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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…