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Burn that Candle
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Tyler Benson is off to the Vancouver Giants (WHL) organization, in the hopes of playing a complete and productive season between this day and spring. It’s beyond vital for Benson, who has missed substantial time due to injury over the last two seasons. INJURY HISTORY 2015-16: Missed all but...
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Hardball
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Hardball
The great baseball writer Bill James once wrote a chapter in one of his Abstracts about hitters before and after getting beaned by a pitcher. These injuries can be devastating (don’t look!) and sometimes have enormous short and long-term impact on a player’s career. I have always been...
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Bear Market
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Bear Market
The Bakersfield Condors are five games into their 68-game schedule and there’s only the first hints of what is to come over a long AHL season. Still, I’m fairly certain we have enough statistical information to argue over well past midnight. Let’s  talk about the blue. CONDORS D...
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Setting Sons
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Setting Sons
In the middle of the game, Patrick Maroon said ‘to hell with this noise’ and got things back to even. After that, it felt like a game either side could win, but Edmonton didn’t cash any of their chances and Wayne Simmonds put it all to rest late in the game. We’re on to Cr...
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AHL Game Five: Condors at Reign
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AHL Game Five: Condors at Reign
For Jesse Puljujarvi, the NHL story (“Power outage under the Big Top!”) is a breath of fresh air and abundant good news. However, the big Finn is four games into his AHL season and has zero goals plus two assists. AHL phenoms need to force the issue with gaudy boxcars, brilliant perfo...
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Game Seven 2017-18: Oilers at Flyers
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Game Seven 2017-18: Oilers at Flyers
One of the things Todd McLellan needs is a real second line. A year ago, Milan Lucic (23 goals), Nuge (18) and Jordan Eberle (20) gave the team a pretty solid trio of offensive options behind the McDavid line (which totaled 86 goals). In the last few games, RNH and Milan Lucic have found success ...
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AHL Game Four: Condors at Reign
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The Bakersfield Condors began the season thin at center and tonight their top man (Brad Malone) is in Philadelphia. Gerry Fleming has enough utility forwards to fill in the blanks but it’s less than ideal. CONDORS TONIGHT I am working on my Winter Top 20 list now, there are eight men on ton...
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Midnight Rider
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The Edmonton Oilers put it all together last night, much the same as they did on opening night. Solid goaltending, at times bordering on spectacular, and a defense consistent enough to win the day against the transitioning Chicago Blackhawks. This team can win games when playing as they did last ...
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Game Six 2017-18: Oilers at Blackhawks
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The Edmonton Oilers made the playoffs last season on the back of Connor McDavid’s fabulous skills and stellar goaltending from Cam Talbot. McDavid’s point total is running in the range of 100 points over 82 games, but Talbot is miles from home. This road trip might help the defense ti...
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Same Time, Next Year
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Jordan Eberle’s name keeps showing up these days, suspect Edmonton’s current record has us remembering the good times. For those who don’t remember this blog’s view of said player, allow me to quote a passage from a year before he was dealt. What does Eberle do well? Score...
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