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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Slepyshev and Traction

Watching Anton Slepyshev last night (and in Game 5) we are once again reminded about the importance of developing talent outside Round 1 of the draft. Part of an unusual trade (actually two deals) on the 2013 draft floor, Slepyshev has the look of an actual NHL player. What are his chances of making the Oilers…

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Closing Time…

For the first time in a decade, the Oilers have an opportunity to close out a playoff series. 

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What’s He Building in There?

There is word this weekend we may see Spencer Foo making public his choice among (reported) five NHL teams. Foo’s hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers, are in the mix. What kind of player is Foo? What does Edmonton’s pursuit tell us about Peter Chiarelli’s team building? Let’s have a look.

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Top 100 Oilers: Mike Krushelnyski (23)

Mike Krushelnyski didn’t begin his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers and he, most famously, didn’t end it with the Oilers either. What he did do was make the most of his time here, sipping champagne three times from the Stanley Cup in the four seasons, a span of just 290 regular season games and…