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Weary Oilers Find Win

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has officially been told that he has played his last game of junior, but is still looking for his first point on the road. Friday night was a difficult game for the Oilers before it even began. The team hosted the Washington Capitals Thursday night, and then flew to Denver. The team arrived at the Denver airport early in the morning and then had to drive about an hour to the hotel. The equipment staff then had to bring the equipment to the arena to dry it out from the previous night’s game. All of this would have affected the players’ sleep cycles but then add in the added elevation.

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It’s Official, Nugent-Hopkins Stays in Edmonton and Gravity Works

In the least surprising news you will hear all day, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will stay with the Oilers for the remainder of the 2011-12 hockey season. None of his teammates were surprised as Ryan Whitney tweeted “The Nuge is staying in NHL huh? What a shocker. In other news, sky is blue, grass is green and it’s going to be cold in Edmonton in January.” Head coach Tom Renney made the announcement to the team, and was met with some happiness. Renney said “I probably would have given him a standing ovation because he is my meal ticket.” 

The Oilers have also called up defenceman Jeff Petry from the Oklahoma City Barons. Coincidently, Petry has been called up due to the approximately 3 weeks Whitney will miss due to his knee injury.

The Oilers are doing much better than just hanging on without Whitney and Ales Hemsky, but players will start to get tired, and injuries will mount. The Oilers have one more home game this month, then play a grand total of 4 games at home in November. That is when the true test will come.

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It’s Official, Oilers on a Winning Streak

Oilers hand Capitals their first loss of the season 2-1
Exactly what has happened to the Edmonton Oilers, I can’t say. This team was not supposed to have a good year; playoffs, forget about it. For a while it looked like this team would struggle with goaltending, defence and then even offence. Then, something changed. The Oilers lost games by a single goal, some in the shootout, and then they won a couple. But this? The Oilers have now won their third game in a row and most inexplicably, were the team to hand the red hot Washington Capitals their first loss of the season.

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Edmonton City Council Approves Arena Deal

Edmonton City council today approved the downtown arena deal between the city and Oilers’ owner Daryl Katz. The final vote was 10 to 3, and means that the project will now move forward after four years of discussions that has felt like an eternity. The Oilers’ current lease at Rexall Place will expire before the new arena is built and ready, but that is a minor detail at this point.

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Kootenay Ice Captain Czerwonka Off to A Sizzling Start

Oilers’ prospect Drew Czerwonka had to wait longer than most to play his first game of the season this year thanks to a shoulder injury suffered at the Oilers’ training camp. Although the wait was excruciating for the left winger, being named captain of his WHL team, the Kootenay Ice surely helped make his return to the game that much better.

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Dare to Dream

Oilers beat Canucks 3-2
The Edmonton Oilers are an interesting team this year. They can play seemingly boring hockey for a week straight, then have two games in a row that bring fans to their feet, even while sitting at home. Facing division rivals the Vancouver Canucks this game looked scary to most fans who hoped that it would at least be a manageable pain. It seems that it is these games in particular that bring surprises, and where the Oilers shine. Leading the game 3-0 until the midway point of the game, the Oilers are showing longer glimmers of what is to come. 

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Ryan Smyth on CBC After Hours

The Edmonton Oilers and the city of Edmonton were proud to welcome home Ryan Smyth with open arms this summer, but it was also the media that looked forward to interviews and post games with the man who literally bleeds for his team and goes back for more.

On CBC after hours this Saturday, Smyth spoke with Scott Oakes and Kevin Weekes on a variety of topics in front of several adoring fans.

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Happy Khabi With His First Shutout of the Year

Oilers beat Rangers 2-0
After a stern scolding, some confidence building, a long road trip by the Rangers, or any combination of factors, the Oilers played the game fans have been waiting for. Through 60 minutes of play, the Oilers played a strong defencive game, but also scored enough goals to take the win. With outstanding goaltending by Nikolai Khabibulin and successful efforts by the special teams another glimpse of what is to come from the Oilers was the best thing that could have happened to Oilers fans this week.

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Lack of Scoring Becoming Concerning

The Edmonton Oilers have had various struggles this week; many games after playing so few, players come and going through the lineup due to injuries and the dreaded fall flu. Taylor Hall was questionable for Monday night’s game and did miss Tuesday night’s battle of Alberta. Coach Tom Renney has said that there are a few players that are also battling the flu or at least flu like symptoms as well.

Unfortunately, the flu cannot account for the trend that the Oilers have set this week, leading games only to lose in the end.

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Booing Heatley Sinks Oilers

Oilers fall 2-1 to Wild in Shootout
The Edmonton Oilers, for the second time this week have found themselves giving up a one goal lead. The worst part is that they have held that one goal lead through nearly the entire game. On Tuesday the Oilers fell 2-1 to the Flames but not until there were less than five minutes left in that game. Thursday night in Edmonton was much worse. With less than a second left, the Minnesota Wild scored to tie the game 1-1.

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Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.

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