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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…

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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…