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G48 2017-18: Sabres at Oilers
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One year ago, the Oilers formula for winning included Connor McDavid’s searing offense, Cam Talbot stopping pucks and the rest of the roster hanging on. In the last 10 games, a stretch that has seen the team go 4-5-1, McDavid has eight points (one goal), the leading goal scorers are Darnell...
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Promise
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In summer, the collective math of the NHL can be digested in full. We’ll know just how close Connor McDavid gets to 100 points, we’ll know if Jesse Puljujarvi gets to 20 goals. If he gets to 20 goals at 19, in less than a full season, music! We’ll watch Patrick Maroon in the pla...
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Diamond Life
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History tells us Finnish lungs breathing northern Alberta air equals magic, and Jesse Puljujarvi may be a full force gale by his 20th birthday. I’m not going to insult you by suggesting it’s been a simple transition but in most every way Jesse Puljujarvi arrived right on time. THE ATH...
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G47 2017-18: Canucks at Oilers
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This is the first Saturday in my lifetime Red Fisher won’t be with us. I never met Mr. Fisher, but I read him and heard him, for years saw him weekly on television. My connection to the NHL, aside from HNIC, came from men like Fisher, Jim Proudfoot, Jim Taylor, Frank Orr, Stan Fischler, Ken...
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Armed Forces
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We’re at (about) the halfway point of the season and it is a good time to have a look at NHL equivalencies. I like to use them as a quick overview, important not to project them as actual factual. You can see things at a glance across several leagues and in the case of forwards […]
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Betcha By Golly Wow
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Betcha By Golly Wow
The Edmonton Oilers organization is having a long look at the state of the franchise this week, looking for answers and a path to Stanley. Talent bled is talent lost forever, with the question now all about getting quality back on the roster by September. This club is going to get a high draft pi...
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Trust
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They don’t show it much anymore on television, but one of the great TV movies of all time is called DUEL. It stars Dennis Weaver and a Peterbilt transport truck, which is the scariest vehicle I have ever seen. The truck (and a driver, who we never see) scare the daylights out of poor Dennis Weave...
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See the sky about to rain
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See the sky about to rain
Smart hockey people tell us to watch the AHL kids in two parts: October through December and then January to April. Idea being it takes some time to settle in. We have the entire bucket from the first half and seven games of the second half. How are things going? THE ATHLETIC! Great offer! Includ...
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The 31 best players in the 2018 draft
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The 2018 NHL Entry Draft may have more importance for the Edmonton Oilers than any of us thought possible. A bad season has a lot of things in play, including the possibility of front office and coaching changes. For fans, it’s a chance to contemplate (gulp) yet another lottery party. Let&#...
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That’s Entertainment
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That’s Entertainment
I’m not absolutely certain Darnell Nurse will enjoy another ‘four goals in two games’ streak in his career but the first one is in the books and came in a timely fashion for the franchise. Just days away from the season’s death rattle, a four-point weekend for Edmonton has...
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