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  • Oilers not making a big deal of matchup with first-place Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "It’s not just a three-game series that could put the Edmonton Oilers into first place in the North Division. It’s a three-game series that could put the Edmonton Oilers into first place in the North Division — against the Toronto Maple..." February 27

  • Connor McDavid, Oilers Hoping Recent Success Results In North Division Title

    The Sports Daily "The Edmonton Oilers understand that every game and every series they play this season is extremely important. Tonight, the Oilers will start a three-game series that is a little more important than any other series played so far this season. The Oilers welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to town to..." February 27

  • Contender or Pretender: Is it time to believe in the Oilers?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Now that we are closing in on the halfway point of the 2020-21 NHL season and are starting to get a sense for what each team is capable of, we are going to take a closer look each week at some teams right on the edge between Stanley Cup contender and Stanley Cup pretender. We start..." February 26

  • Hart Trophy: Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews going toe-to-toe

    The Score "We're still less than halfway through the 2021 NHL season and dozens of games have been rescheduled due to COVID-19. However, while the sample size remains relatively small, it's large enough to have a better idea of who's in the Hart Trophy running. Two otherworldly..." February 26

  • The 12 Highest-Paid NHL Players This Season, Ranked

    Complex "Hockey is back, and with it comes highlight-reel plays, online debates, and fantasy drafts. In short: it’s the type of high-octane diversion we all deserved given the global circumstances. Not even a reduced season (56 games) and a late start (Jan. 13) could dampen our spirits...." February 26

  • Ethan Bear Activated Off Injured Reserve

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers have shot up the North Division standings of late, winning their last four and passing every Canadian team not named the Maple Leafs. They’ve had all that success without the services of young defenseman Ethan Bear, who hasn’t played since January with a..." February 25

  • Oilers place William Lagesson on injured reserve

    Sportsnet "Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ethan Bear has been activated from injured reserve while defenceman William Lagesson was added to it. Bear has been out of the lineup since he was struck in the head by a puck in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 30. He..." February 25

  • Why Oilers can't afford to lose 'winger to the stars' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

    Sportsnet "He arrived a decade ago as “Hoppy,” a nickname bestowed upon Ryan Nugent-Hopkins by his junior teammates in Red Deer. Skinny, pink-cheeked and about 170 lbs. worth of teenager, he was the Edmonton Oilers’ second consecutive No. 1 overall pick. The..." February 25

  • What usually happens with an NHL team that changes its coach mid-season

    Sportsnet "This is your introduction to the concept of “LOFT,” which is at the centre of conversations NHL GMs and owners have when their team is losing and they’re considering their options to quickly get better. Is our coach failing to get the most out of this roster, or are..." February 25

  • AHL Announces Full 2020-21 Schedule For Canadian Clubs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Over a month since the AHL released the regular season schedules for its American teams and more than three weeks since those same teams started playing, the league has finally announced a full season schedule for its Canadian contingent. Of course, the clubs already began..." February 24

  • Darnell Nurse Discusses His Breakout Campaign

    The Sports Daily "Darnell Nurse is enjoying quite a run of success this season as the top left-shot option on the Edmonton Oilers’ depth chart. Thrust into the number one job after Oscar Klefbom’s season ended before it began, Nurse is currently tied for second in scoring among defensemen with 16..." February 23

  • Oilers Trying To Become Better Defensive Team In High-Flying North Division

    The Sports Daily "The North Division is, without doubt, the most offensive division in the NHL this season. If you like goals, talent and star players, it’s also the most entertaining division in the NHL this season and it honestly isn’t close. The Edmonton Oilers, currently 12-8-0 and..." February 23

  • NHL Announces Schedule Changes for Four Games

    NHL.com "The NHL has announced changes to four Blackhawks games over the remainder of the 2020-21 season, including last Saturday's postponed game agaisnt the Carolina Hurricanes:  CHI at NSH - Monday, April 19 (originally Sunday, April, 4)  CHI at CAR -..." February 23

  • Updated Landing Spots for Buffalo Sabres Captain Jack Eichel

    Bleacher Nation "The Buffalo Sabres' struggles through the opening month of this season prompted one NHL insider to suggest they could trade Jack Eichel. During an appearance on Buffalo radio WGR 550's The Instigators (h/t to The Athletic's John Vogl), Sportsnet's..." February 23

  • Oilers' Slater Koekkoek confirms broken collarbone

    TSN "Edmonton Oilers defenceman Slater Koekkoek appeared to confirm on social media he has a broken collarbone.   " February 22

  • How temporary realignment has impacted the NHL standings so far

    TSN "Looking at the National Hockey League standings, the first thing you notice is the Toronto Maple Leafs sitting in pole position. But is it real? The answer is yes. In my seven years at TSN, that was the easiest piece I’ve written to date! Now for a more interesting..." February 22

  • Edmonton’s Slater Koekkoek Out Months With Broken Collarbone

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers focused on defensive depth and fortunately they did. The team has a number of defensemen currently out with injuries and the list got longer as Slater Koekkoek is expected to be out long-term as he has a broken collarbone, according to TSN’s Jason..." February 21

  • Oilers Marvel At Connor McDavid's Special Night

    The Sports Daily "Connor McDavid only needed three shots on goal to score his eighth career hat-trick on Saturday night. The captain finished with five points (3 g, 2 a) in a dominating 7-1 victory for the Oilers over the Calgary Flames. The win completed a back-to-back ‘Battle of Alberta’ sweep that..." February 21

  • Oilers Are 'Improving,' 'Moving In The Right Direction'

    The Sports Daily "On Friday night, the Edmonton Oilers headed to Calgary to take on a desperate Flames team looking for some answers after an unimpressive stretch of hockey. The Oilers scored the game’s first goal, never trailed, and won 2-1. Mike Smith made 20 saves, while Jesse Puljujarvi kept his hot..." February 20

  • 7 fast thoughts on early trade rental candidates

    Sportsnet "A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. This week’s column should be up for the Hart, Selke, Rocket. 1. With all due respect to the Vancouver Canucks’ dismal start, we’re counting just..." February 20

  • Flames aim to spark urgency vs. rolling Oilers in crucial Battle of Alberta

    Sportsnet "The timing couldn’t be better for a Calgary Flames team accused of lacking emotion and going through the motions. A back-to-back against the Edmonton Oilers — fans or not — is the perfect tonic for a Flames team that’s taking much heat from..." February 19

  • Flames' Sean Monahan to miss Friday's Battle of Alberta with lower-body injury

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames will be without Sean Monahan in the Battle of Alberta on Friday night, as the forward is dealing with a lower-body injury. Monahan, who did not participate in practice yesterday or morning skate today, is being listed as day-to-day by the..." February 19

  • Blackhawks' Stan Bowman favorite to be GM for U.S. Olympic men's team

    The Score "Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is the front-runner to serve as GM of the United States men's hockey team at the 2022 Winter Olympics, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported on Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading." USA Hockey will not..." February 18

  • GM Doug Armstrong: '10 or 11 locks' for Team Canada at Olympics

    TSN "Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday the list of players being considered for the 2022 Men's Olympic team is already being pared down. Armstrong, who was officially named general manager earlier this month, said discussions on the roster have been ongoing..." February 18

  • What drives the modern NHL defenseman, and what's next?

    The Score "Ty Smith remembers his dad's sales pitch like it was yesterday. It was 2007 or 2008 and his minor hockey team was short on defensemen in the middle of a tournament. None of Smith's teammates were eager to drop back and help out, so, as the coach's son, he became the..." February 18

  • Connor McDavid scores 500th NHL point with assist for Oilers, equals Sidney Crosby

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid scored his 500th NHL point with an assist for the Edmonton Oilers against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday. "It's a little milestone, I guess, a little thing along the way here which is nice," McDavid said after he had two assists in a 3-2 win at Rogers..." February 18

  • Oilers' Ethan Bear suffers setback

    TSN "Head coach Dave Tippett said defenceman Ethan Bear suffered a setback in his return from injury and will be out again Wednesday night. Bear, who has two assists in nine games this season, has not played since Jan. 30. " February 17

  • Still No Talks Between Oilers, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers really only have three forwards they can count on to produce offense right now. Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Those three have combined for 24 of the team’s 60 goals this season, with the rest of the forward group only..." February 17

  • As NHL deals with COVID-19 issues, is on-ice transmission among players to blame?

    USA Today "The signs that COVID-19 would wreak havoc on the 2021 NHL season were there before the first puck even dropped. Five days prior to opening night on Jan. 13, the league announced the defending Western Conference champion Dallas Stars would not open the season as scheduled because..." February 17

  • 5 Landing Spots for Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby

    Bleacher Report "The Pittsburgh Penguins' recent hiring of Ron Hextall as their general manager and Brian Burke as president of hockey operations had NHL pundits pondering what changes lay in store for the roster. TSN's Darren Dreger went as far as raising the possibility of..." February 17

  • NHL players to wear custom Willie O'Ree-inspired skates

    Yardbarker "Willie O'Ree broke the NHL's color barrier when he became the first Black player to take the ice for the Boston Bruins on Jan. 18, 1958 against the Montreal Canadiens. He'll now be honored by players across the league with custom skates.  The NHL announced Wednesday..." February 17

  • Is there a mid-season goaltender upgrade for Ken Holland to make?

    Oilers Nation "The hot topic today, as it has been for most of the season, is the Edmonton Oilers’ goaltending, or a lack thereof. After a loss that saw Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen combine to allow six goals on 24 shots, the Oilers have allowed the fourth-most goals against in the league..." February 17

  • Oilers' Connor McDavid forever linked to Sidney Crosby as 500th career point approaches

    Sportsnet "Connor McDavid would have done this long ago — last season, likely — had he not missed nearly half his rookie season with a broken collarbone. Truly, there is only one surprising detail about McDavid scoring his 500th NHL point, very likely on Wednesday night versus..." February 16

  • NHL Announces Widespread Schedule Changes

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With so many games postponed so far this season, the NHL has had to make widespread adjustments to get back on track. The league’s position is still to have all 31 teams play a full 56-game campaign, meaning the schedule-maker is working overtime through the COVID and inclement..." February 16

  • Bill Daly confident NHL can finish full season amid wave of postponements

    The Score "The NHL has faced numerous hurdles with COVID-19 since the season's start just over a month ago. The league has postponed more than 30 games so far, and nearly a hundred players have appeared on the COVID-19 protocol list from 27 different teams. Despite the setbacks, NHL deputy..." February 16

  • Devin Shore Placed On Waivers

    Oilers Nation "If there’s one thing the Edmonton Oilers haven’t been shy about this year, it’s placing players on waivers to create gameday roster flexibility. The latest move has seen forward Devin Shore placed on waivers by the Oilers Tuesday morning. Shore has appeared in..." February 16

  • For Leon Draisaitl, defensive growth a source of pride and key to Oilers winning

    Sportsnet "Why did Leon Draisaitl arrive in Edmonton with a new attitude towards his defensive game this season? “Because we weren’t winning the last couple of years,” he said, typically boiling a long question into a short, concise answer. “Clearly, something..." February 15

  • Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi eligible to resume team activities after COVID protocols

    Sportsnet "Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi has been deemed eligible to resume all team activities after a brief stint on the league's COVID protocol list, the team announced Saturday. Following medical clearance, the Oilers said the Finnish forward returned to..." February 13

  • Oilers place F James Neal on waivers

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers have placed forward James Neal on waivers. Neal, 33, has two goals and one assist in nine games this season. He has two years remaining after this season on his current contract with a cap hit of $5.75 million. " February 13

  • Bill Daly confirms NHL working on changing draft lottery

    TSN "Given what happened in the Habs and Oilers game and on the heels of Tomas Nosek getting yanked out of the Vegas Golden Knights game on Tuesday, it’s pretty clear how critical rapid testing has now become. Where are we on that front? Frank Seravalli: This has been..." February 12

  • Early Projection for Team Canada's 2022 Olympic Men's Hockey Roster

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are scheduled for Feb. 4-20. They will mark the first time NHL players have participated in men's ice hockey at the Games since 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Team Canada took home the gold medal at the Sochi Games. Eight years later, they will attempt..." February 12

  • Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi placed on NHL's COVID-19 Protocol list

    Sportsnet "Fresh off the news that Thursday's game between the Oilers and Canadiens has been delayed for the completion of test results, Edmonton forward Jesse Puljujarvi has been added to the NHL's COVID-19 Protocol list. Puljujarvi was absent from the Oilers' practice..." February 11

  • Rapid testing among NHL's enhanced COVID-19 measures

    The Score "The NHL announced its enhanced COVID-19 measures Thursday, which include rapid testing on game days, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Other key protocols include: Asking that players remain at home as much as possible (except for..." February 11

  • Which teams have been NHL's biggest surprises a month into season?

    USA Today "The NHL's first month is nearly done, and though COVID-19 postponements have dominated the news, there has been some good action on the ice. So what have been the biggest surprises of the early season? USA TODAY Sports' hockey experts weigh in.  New York..." February 11

  • Oilers-Canadiens delayed as Edmonton awaits testing results

    The Score "The start time of Thursday's Montreal Canadiens-Edmonton Oilers clash has been pushed back from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET as the Oilers await test results after an Edmonton player entered the COVID-19 protocol, the league announced. The player is unconfirmed at this..." February 11

  • Oilers slowly finding ways to win on off nights for Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl

    Sportsnet "It’s been years since the Edmonton Oilers had a defence corps that carried its weight offensively. We mean, Sheldon Souray kind of history here. But after getting three goals from the blue line in a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, the Oilers are now tied..." February 10

  • 6 NHL Players on Bad Teams Who Could Help Contenders at Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "It's the stuff that Stanley Cup dreams are made of. A contending team looking for a final puzzle piece—a scorer, a goalie, a defender or a glue guy—pulls the trigger on a late-season transaction that ultimately puts it over the top.   It makes the..." February 10

  • Zack Kassian Placed On Long-Term Injured Reserve

    Pro Hockey Rumors "On Monday, Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett told reporters including Ryan Rishaug of TSN it was an “understatement” that the team wanted to see Zack Kassian get “a bit more engaged” in games this season. The physical forward had just..." February 09

  • Dave Tippett Pleased With Mike Smith's Season Debut

    The Sports Daily "The Edmonton Oilers needed to get back into the win column on Monday night as they pulled into Ottawa at 6-7-0 on the season. The Oilers, thanks to a third period tally from Tyler Ennis, got the two points. The Oilers outshot the Senators 35-28, and defeated them by a final score of 3-1 to move..." February 09

  • It’s Time to Pause the NHL Season

    Japers' Rink "Maybe we should’ve known that the NHL season shouldn’t have started when the Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t make it through training camp without a COVID outbreak. Maybe it was when the Washington Capitals were fined $100,000 for..." February 09