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…


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.


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…


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…


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.


Anton, Griffin and Jujhar

There are subtle shifts occurring in the Edmonton Oilers’ roster, and those movements may dictate what happens this summer—including the expansion draft. Edmonton is fortunate because much of the McDavid cluster is not eligible for the expansion draft:


More to Matchups Than We Think

“It is easy to look for the simple match up. The simple match right now is (Ryan) Kesler on Connor (McDavid),” said Todd McLellan. Anyone who watched the Oilers and Ducks this season could have predicted a Kesler versus McDavid matchup in game one. Randy Carlyle loves matching Kesler against skilled forwards, and in five…


The Way I See It: Oilers In Seven

When the Edmonton Oilers take on the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center Wednesday, they’ll be facing a completely different type of team, and tougher challenge, than they did against the San Jose Sharks — who they dispatched in six games despite taking that 7-0 butt-kicking in Game 4 in what turned out to be…


Projecting Puljujärvi

The Oilers assigned Jesse Puljujarvi to Finland’s World Championship team last week, ending his rookie season in North America. Puljujarvi, along with Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, was thought of as one of the three 2016 draftees who were NHL-ready going into the season. Matthews and Laine had amazing rookie campaigns, but Puljujarvi’s wasn’t on…


The Good Stuff From The First Round – Eastern Conference

If you needed a reminder that the playoffs are mostly a complete and total crapshoot, you needn’t look any further than what just transpired over the last few weeks. Boston, out. Chicago, out. Minnesota, out. The teams with the third, fourth, and fifth best records in the league are already done. Still, though, the postseason…


Monday Musings: Ducks and Oilers matchups

Now there are eight. The second-round matchups of the NHL playoffs have been announced, and the Oilers and Ducks begin on Wednesday in Anaheim at 8:30 MT. The good news for younger Oilers fans is that game three will start at 5 p.m. MT on Sunday, and game six, if necessary, could also be an…