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The Heart of the Matter
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The Heart of the Matter
Late in the first period of last night’s game, the Detroit Red Wings tied the score 2-2 on a strange goal. Oilers fans held their breath, lit a candle, said a few Hail Mary’s and waited for another crippling loss—that never came. Last night’s second period, featuring three Edmon...
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G22 2017-18: Oilers at Red Wings
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G22 2017-18: Oilers at Red Wings
The promise of youth is intoxicating but soon gives way to building a life and pushing toward a new tomorrow. For the Edmonton Oilers, who drafted Darnell Nurse, Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto in consecutive drafts, the future looks bright. The problem right ...
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G21 2017-18: Oilers at Blues
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G21 2017-18: Oilers at Blues
The St. Louis Blues haven’t yet won a Stanley but have a rich history. Their early years featured two goalies who belong on hockey’s Mount Rushmore (Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante) and the greatest coach in NHL history (Scotty Bowman) figuring out how to keep players off balance and in...
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Rain Delay
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The RE series I do as preview (and postmortem) each season involves a series of questions and answers from two fans. I stole the idea from Bill James and his wonderful Abstracts. He’d have a “Rain Delay” chapter, often about potential hall of famers. It’s a wonderful trick...
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Rockin´ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
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Rockin´ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
For the Edmonton Oilers’ players, today is a very lonely place. The general manager is disappointed, the media brought out the hammer yesterday and from what we can tell influenza has come for its annual November visit. In the words of Jimmy Cox, nobody knows you when you’re down and ...
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AHL Game 14: Condors at Heat
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AHL Game 14: Condors at Heat
The Bakersfield Condors lost to the Stockton Heat last night but have a chance to redeem themselves this evening. Here’s the lineup: Ethan Bear is once again out of the lineup. I believe this is six games in a row out of the lineup. Stockton has a mountain of prospects in the AHL, performin...
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G20 2017-18: Oilers at Stars
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G20 2017-18: Oilers at Stars
I was five years old, it was a sunny morning in late spring. My brother was in school, my Mom was in the house, the one my Father built just before I was born in Whonnock, British Columbia. Address rural route, your get your mail in town. I would be going to Thornhill School that […]
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AHL Game 13: Condors at Heat
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AHL Game 13: Condors at Heat
The 5-6-1 Bakersfield Condors are on the road to powerhouse Stockton (8-4-1) tonight to take on the Heat. Bakersfield is getting some (Keegan Lowe) players back while awaiting the return (Ethan Bear) of others. CONDORS TONIGHT The Oilers have Jesse Puljujarvi, Anton Slepsyshev and Brad Malone rig...
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Domino
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Domino
Whatever team you cheer for, no matter the year, there are games that frustrate you. Even during the glory days, the Oilers would throw up a dud in Hartford or Minnesota or sometimes even in Vancouver, at least for two periods. When these games occur, the mind comes up with the damndest ideas (al...
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G19 2017-18: Blues at Oilers
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G19 2017-18: Blues at Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are 3-1-1 in their last five games and every journey has to begin with that first step. After five weeks elevator shaft falling, perhaps the tumblers clicked and there’s a brand new day. We’ll know by the end of the month, it’s no easy road. McDavid’s l...
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Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
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Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
It took very little time for the Mike Cammalleri trade to pay off in a big way. Mere minutes after the deal, Edmonton’s offense unlocked after 17 laborious games and scored at will. Although Cammalleri wasn’t credited with any points, his presence was obvious and is not doubt a harbin...
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G18 2017-18: Golden Knights at Oilers
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G18 2017-18: Golden Knights at Oilers
It’s a distant memory now, but I can still remember the excitement when one of the “second six” appeared on national television. You rarely saw any of them (for some reason I remember Minnesota a lot) but every once in a long while the Flyers, Penguins, Blues, North Stars, Kings...
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Before They Make Me Run
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Before They Make Me Run
Jujhar Khaira needed that game,  it’ll lead to more. He had an impact on both regulation goals but more than that he earned another game. The Edmonton Oilers season will roll out good and bad, but men like Khaira (and Laurent Brossoit) have a chance to be part of this caravan in the coming ...
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G17 2017-18: Oilers at Capitals
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G17 2017-18: Oilers at Capitals
The mannish boy became manna from heaven yesterday, as Jesse Puljujarvi fit like a glove on to the Nuge line at Madison Square Garden. Scoring early and looking like he could do it again and again, he was fast, responsible and belonged. You can get a lot out of a crappy season if enough questions...
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G16 2017-18: Oilers at Rangers
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G16 2017-18: Oilers at Rangers
The Edmonton Oilers will try to win their third game in a row today in New York against the Rangers. They’ll do it with Jesse Puljujarvi playing, possibly on the second line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic. The home team is on a helluva run after a slow start, 7-2-1 in their last 1...
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