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Home for a rest
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The Edmonton Oilers won yesterday in Denver, ending a long losing streak and one of the most frustrating periods in an exhausting season. Back home in Edmonton, ready to face two playoff teams before heading out for another “Donner party” road trip, the trade deadline looms one week f...
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G58 2017-18: Oilers at Avalanche
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The Oilers are now at six losses in a row and things that should be happening—Jesse Puljujarvi 18 minutes a night—are not yet taking place. I’m not certain Peter Chiarelli will be here in the fall, nor Todd McLellan, but Jesse Puljujarvi is an important part of the future. Not playing him n...
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G57 2017-18: Oilers at Coyotes
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The Edmonton Oilers are on a five-game losing streak and headed for the desert today for a game against the Arizona Coyotes. If they lose to the (surging) Dogs, the rest of this month offers no quarter. It isn’t a stretch to suggest this five-game dive could easily hit double digits if the ...
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Irreversible
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If the Edmonton Oilers continue to lose (now five in a row) it’s going to cost a lot of people their NHL jobs. Fans are talking about the coach and the general manager, but the real cost will be to the players. Same as it ever was. In 2009-10, Robert Nilsson played in 60 games […]
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G56 2017-18: Oilers at Golden Knights
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arrives in Vegas with a four game losing streak and lots of reasons to give up. Fans should be looking for youth to prevail, at least in terms of time on ice. On Pulju, on Slepy, on Caggiila, on Khaira, this is your chance to establish yourselves as NHL players. That’s a big damned deal [&#...
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The 62 best players in the 2018 Draft
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I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, but friends, it’s time to turn some of our attention to the draft. Today’s post features the 62 best players in the draft, a mock, and a sincere wish that you and yours let go of the season and allow yourselves to enjoy ...
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Hello darkness, my old friend
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High among the things Oilers fans should be worrying about (along with the owner suggesting another rebuild and the club trading their 2018 first-round selection without lottery protection) is the hesitation to use Anton Slepyshev in a feature role this season. In the march toward April, giving t...
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G55 2017-18: Panthers at Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers return from California with yet another confirmation that this team, as constructed, isn’t good enough for the playoffs. As other teams gear up for the postseason, they will say goodbye to teammates at the deadline and some will say goodbye to their NHL careers at season...
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Cruel to be kind
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Someday, when my work is all done, I’m going to take a month and spend some time in California. I’ll see Los Angeles and San Fransisco, and I’ll cheer for the Condors a night or two. I’m going to spend at least a week travelling the I-880 and find my own answer about the d...
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G54 2017-18: Oilers at Sharks
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It was exactly what one might expect from this year’s Oilers: Frustrating, mostly pointless, and featuring some absolute filth from the Anaheim Ducks. This team isn’t going to be together that much longer, but this could be a painful march to the end of the season, even for Oilers fan...
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G53 2017-18: Oilers at Ducks
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We’re about two months away from exit meetings and possibly ownership following through on changes. It might impact the front office, coaching staff, scouting staff, it will absolutely impact the roster. What is the state of the organization? My suspicion is that one or two plans are sittin...
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Hotel California
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The Edmonton Oilers gave up a goal on the first shot and again it was painfully early. More galling? The shot came from 10,000 off the stick of Kyle Clifford. In what has become an unacceptable hiccup in Cam Talbot’s game, it set the tone for the road team. Edmonton slept through the first ...
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G52 2017-18: Oilers at Kings
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The Edmonton Oilers are 5-1-1 in their last seven games and will need to repeat that several times over just to be (very likely) disappointed on the season’s final day. This California trip is a good test for how this month could turn out. I’m thinking 1-1-1 but this Oilers team defie...
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McDavid Freeway
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Connor McDavid in full flight is poetry—pure speed, creativity, astonishing hand-eye, intoxicating. I’m sure there are other things on planet earth that delight the brain and shock the eye as much or more, but in the northern city of Edmonton No. 97 is the only game in town. Last night, the...
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G51 2017-18: Lightning at Oilers
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The Oilers are about to hit the highway and take it to the limit. Between tonight and April 7, Edmonton will play 32 games in 62 games (if my fingers and toes are telling the truth). That’s a lot of work with not much rest, and this Edmonton Oilers team doesn’t have much depth in [...
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