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The Ups And Downs With The Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

It’s a fragile fan base here in Northern Alberta, and how could you possibly blame them?

A decade of playoff misses was followed by a 103-point season two years ago, and finally, some playoff success. But as fast as Taylor Hall could win a Hart Trophy — boom! Dysfunction returned with a vengeance last season.

You’ve heard about the hockey gods? Well, Edmonton has been home to the Hockey Grinch for some time now, so you’ll have to excuse folks for wondering — as Colorado issued Edmonton its fourth straight loss with a 4-1 walloping at Rogers Place — if this year’s Oilers team is turning into last year’s Oilers team, right before their very eyes.

“This is not like last year’s team,” declared Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson. “We still have a strong belief system in here. I don’t even want to compare it to last year.”

Yet, here we are again. An 8-2-1 run convinced fans here that their team was for real. And it still might be.

But now they’ve lost four straight, the latest a disinterested 4-1 beatdown in which the Oilers scarcely competed for the two points until the Avs, with a 4-0 lead, sat back in the third period.

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Video- Too Early To Celebrate Ty Rattie

Big save by Roberto Luongo.

 

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Milan Lucic Will Be Speaking By Phone With The Department Of Player Safety

 

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If you missed the actions by Lucic, watch here.

added 3:57pm,

 

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Video- Milan Lucic In Action

Lucic received 2 for interference, 2 for roughing and a 10 minute misconduct.

 

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Another Win For The Edmonton Oilers And Mikko Koskinen

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Back home in Vantaa, they call him ‘Kolmen Metrin Koskinen.’

That’s Finnish for ‘The Three Metres of Koskinen.’

Today, the six-foot-seven Mikko Koskinen — who left the National Hockey League eight seasons ago after a cup of coffee with the New York Islanders — is being measured in feats.

First, a 5-3 win in Nashville that snapped an Oilers losing streak to the Preds stretching over four years and 13 games, and now a 40-save, 4-0 shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks that puts his 7-4-1 Oilers right back on track.

Koskinen left an Islanders team that housed names like Dwayne Roloson and Doug Weight for a career that settled in St. Petersburg of the KHL, where he played with names like Ilya Kovalchuk, Artemi Panarin and, last season, Pavel Datsyuk.

“I am seven or eight years older. That makes a big difference,” he said. “Maybe the biggest thing is, I grew up a little as a human being. That’s the biggest change.

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The Edmonton Oilers Are Taking Shape

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The Edmonton Oilers opened the season with a slate of unchecked boxes, then went 0-2 out of the gates. Yikes!

But, slowly, the blanks have started to fill in. First, the goaltending came around. Check.

Then the team defence. Check.

Finally, some support scoring. Check.

Special teams. Check.

Suddenly the Oilers, who just swept a weekend road trip through Nashville and Chicago, are 6-3-1 and playing .650 hockey through their opening 10-games of the season — by far the toughest stretch of their 2018-19 schedule.

They didn’t just survive this killer start to the season — Edmonton crushed it. Now the Oilers come home for games against Minnesota and Chicago this week with a three-game winning streak and a 4-2-0 road record. A once-fragile team couldn’t be more confident.

Here are some takeaways from a four-point weekend, capped off by a Draisaitl-to-McDavid overtime winner that makes the Oilers perhaps the best OT bet in hockey.

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Videos- Connor McDavid And Ryan Johansen Join After Hours

via Sportsnet,

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid sits down with Scott Oake and Louie DeBrusk on After Hours.

 

 

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Sidney Crosby Considers Connor McDavid The Best Player In The NHL

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Sidney Crosby considers Connor McDavid to be the top player in the National Hockey League.

"I think McDavid has set himself apart just based on the awards and the accolades he's gotten and the consistency he's had," the Pittsburgh Penguins captain told NHL.com on Wednesday. "I think it's fair to say it's an easy pick just because of that."...

Crosby, 31, said the influx of young talent in the League has produced highlight-reel moments from young skilled players like centers Auston Matthews (21) of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nathan MacKinnon (23) of the Colorado Avalanche. But it's McDavid's resume in his first three-plus seasons in the NHL that has allowed the Oilers forward to separate himself from the pack.

"There are so many different guys," Crosby said. "Matthews has emerged this year and it really looks like he's taken even another step. I think there's a lot of guys in the conversation. But it's hard to argue (McDavid). He's been really consistent. He's won scoring titles, MVPs. So yeah, that's an easy one to pick."

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Quite The Comeback For The Edmonton Oilers

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Maybe Connor McDavid will get a point on every Edmonton Oilers goal this season.

OK, that’s not going to happen because his housemate Darnell Nurse scored the 5-4 OT winner with McDavid cheering from the bench Tuesday but the Oilers captain shattered Adam Oates’s NHL record by figuring in the first nine goals for his team.

He brought the Oilers back from a 4-1 40-minute hole, rolling past Oates’ points in the first seven Detroit Red Wings’ goals from 20 years ago. He had his third and fourth goals in the team’s fourth game and assisted on Ty Rattie’s first of the year and Jesse Puljujarvi’s tying marker in the third.

“What do you want me to say? He’s the best player on earth,” said Oilers’ coach Todd McLellan, after his club levelled their road start at 2-2 with the next four at Rogers Place.

Adam Lowry had two goals on his first four shifts in the opening frame with defensive D-man Ben Chiarot and Mark Scheifele getting the others on Cam Talbot, who should have been sued for non-support payments in the first 20.

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Afternoon Line- Jim Matheson

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