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Blaming The Refs

Blaming the referees is a crutch. We all do it because referees are generally worthy of our abuse (at the professional level) and we need a reason to vent. They make bad calls all the time. They miss obvious ones all the time. Generally, though, things tend to even out in the end. Well…most the…

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At Random: Now What?

What if? What might have been for the Edmonton Oilers went right out the window when the San Jose Sharks whupped up on them in a 7-0 embarrassment at the SAP Center Tuesday night. What might have been, had they managed a win in Game 4, was the Oilers would have returned home for Game…

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FINN DESTINY

It has been a trying season for Jesse Puljujarvi, who did not explode on the NHL scene like his brother Finn Patrik Laine. What happened? What’s next? Perhaps there are some clues from this season that will help us out. THE BEGINNING I always like to go back to the draft, in order to re-set…

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Paging the offence

The Edmonton Oilers have scored five goals in four games. The forwards have one 5×5 goal in the series. The Oilers played very well defensively in games two and three, but they need to be more determined offensively, more discliplined and not show their frustration so easily. The playoff intensity is a new beast and…

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Future Free Agents: Ryan Miller

When the Vancouver Canucks signed Ryan Miller back in July 2014, it was surely a move that was expected to make the club competitive. But things didn’t work out that way. Miller was solid for the Canucks, save for an injury-riddled 2014-15 season, but the team only made one playoff appearance during his three years…

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The Pavelski Minutes

Joe Pavelski was San Jose’s most successful offensive forward this season. His 68 points were 16 more than Logan Couture managed and 18 ahead of Joe Thornton, the Sharks’ next best forwards. He’s also played on the same line as either Thornton or Couture in every game of these playoffs. Yet Pavelski has a single…

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Survival Guide: Edmonton Oilers Playoff Run

After my third night of Oilers-related drinking in the past week I figured that it would be a good idea to put together a survival guide for getting through this playoff run. Before we get started on this thing, I want to make it clear that by no means are we encouraging you to binge…

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Crunching Playoff Numbers

Cam Talbot has back-to-back shutouts, and he only had to stop 39 shots in the process. The biggest improvement all season for the Oilers has been their team defence. It started with re-vamping their entire right-side, adding Adam Larsson, Kris Russell and Matt Benning, and having a healthy Oscar Klefbom all season was a major…

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Reinhart’s Crossroads

The Edmonton Oilers recalled Griffin Reinhart today, he’ll no doubt be up for the rest of the playoff run. By this fall, Reinhart will own an NHL contract that is free of bonus worries and will be waiver eligible. So, a team with Reinhart in its training camp will have to make a decision on him…

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Fighting For Foo

As per a tweet from Darren Dreger, the Oilers had Edmonton product Spencer Foo in attendance as a guest last night. Foo is an undrafted right-shooting right winger who has been plying his trade at union College. He is one of the most sought after college free agents available and the Oilers are clearly making…

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The Game of his Life

Like many who were glued to the action between the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks at Rogers Place Friday while watching Zack Kassian make it his mission in life to dismantle the Sharks in a game the Oilers absolutely had to win, I got caught up in the moment. How could you not?

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Dylan Wells Scores Big in Draft +1 Season

Dylan Wells is having a helluva year and he capped it this week by scoring a goal. It is here. What’s more, it wasn’t one of those boring goalie stops puck, five touches later it hits the net and the goalie was the last opponent to touch the puck. This was a shot from 500…