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Time for the Oilers to give Anton Lander a real shot
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Time for the Oilers to give Anton Lander a real shot
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Edmonton - Dec. 20, 2014:
With news that the Edmonton Oilers had recalled centre Anton Lander from the Oklahoma City Barons for yet another shot at showing what he could do at the National Hockey League level, one can only hope he is afforded the opportunity to show what he might be able to accomplish in a situation that best suits his skill set. After spending much of the last three years in the American Hockey League, the former 2009 second round pick has certainly earned an extended look. FULL STORY


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Oilers: Close, But No Cigar
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Oilers: Close, But No Cigar
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Edmonton - Dec. 19, 2014: While last night's 4-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks marked the seventeenth time in their last eighteen games in which the Edmonton Oilers found themselves on the wrong side of the scoresheet, it was a performance few could take issue with. FULL STORY



Oilers: Different voice…same result
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Edmonton - Dec. 17, 2014: For those who were hoping to see some sort of positive response from the Edmonton Oilers in their first game after the dismissal of former head coach Dallas Eakins, last night’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes probably wasn’t how things were supposed to play out. As painful as Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s last second overtime winner may have been for those players to stomach, it was a result this group richly deserved. For them to have come out with the sort of uneven performance that they did, considering what had just occurred on Monday morning, is simply unacceptable. FULL STORY



Oilers had no choice but to fire Dallas Eakins
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Oilers had no choice but to fire Dallas Eakins
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Edmonton - Dec. 15, 2014: Heading into the 2014-15 season, Dallas Eakins was walking a very fine line. Unfortunately for him, the Edmonton Oilers got off to a horrendous start for a second straight season and it cost the head coach his job on Monday morning. While one could argue whether or not Eakins was given much to work with during his brief stint behind the Oilers bench, there is no question he was given more than any of his recent predecessors and the results speak for themselves. FULL STORY



Edmonton Oilers: Sorry but the numbers don’t lie
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Edmonton Oilers: Sorry but the numbers don’t lie
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Edmonton - Dec. 15, 2014: For all the bitching and moaning we have heard about the Edmonton Oilers unwillingness to play the game the “right way” over the last couple of years, this group’s inability to put pucks into the back of the opposing team’s net remains its biggest problem. After being blanked 2-0 by the New York Rangers on Sunday night, the Oilers have now been shutout 14 times and scored two or fewer goals in 69 of the 113 games since Dallas Eakins took over as head coach. And unfortunately for them, things appear to be getting worse...not better. FULL STORY



Edmonton Oilers: Bad or Broken
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Edmonton Oilers: Bad or Broken
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Edmonton - Dec. 13, 2014: With last night's 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Edmonton Oilers saw their record fall to 7-18-5 on the year and one can't help but wonder just how bad things might get over the next four months. That said, is this team really as bad as they appear to be or is it one that has simply had the life sucked out of them from years of losing? Regardless of which one it is, this group certainly does appear to be broken beyond repair. FULL STORY



The Edmonton Oilers and playing out the string
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The Edmonton Oilers and playing out the string
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Edmonton - Dec. 11, 2014: Last night’s 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks is something fans of the Edmonton Oilers had better get used to watching over the final two-thirds of the 2014-15 NHL season. As tough as all this losing may be for the masses to stomach, the fact the Oilers are an absolute bore to watch will make this death march all the more difficult to get through over these next four months. FULL STORY



Klefbom solid but Oilers continue to struggle in San Jose
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Klefbom solid but Oilers continue to struggle in San Jose
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Edmonton - Dec. 10, 2014: Well…it was nice while it lasted. After ending their eleven game winless skid on Sunday night with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Rexall Place, the Edmonton Oilers wasted little time in returning to form during Tuesday’s return engagement at the Shark Tank. FULL STORY



Oilers: Some much needed relief
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Oilers: Some much needed relief
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Edmonton - Dec. 8, 2014: In the grand scheme of things, Sunday’s 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks doesn’t mean much of anything when it comes to the Edmonton Oilers and their long suffering fan base but at least for night it was a distraction that was badly needed for everyone involved...ownership, management, coaches, players and fans. FULL STORY



Oilers: Is fifteen a realistic number?
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Oilers: Is fifteen a realistic number?
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Edmonton - Dec. 4, 2014: With the real potential of an eleventh consecutive loss in their immediate horizon, the Edmonton Oilers came out and played one of their most complete games of their season on Wednesday evening against the Winnipeg Jets. Unfortunately for them, this group is at the stage where they are simply incapable of finding a way to win a hockey game and last night's 3-2 overtime loss was a perfect example of exactly that. FULL STORY



Time for the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Eakins to part ways
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Time for the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Eakins to part ways
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Edmonton - Dec. 3, 2014: With their latest losing streak having now reached the double digit mark and players inside the Edmonton Oilers dressing room starting to take shots at one another via the media, the time has come for Craig MacTavish to jettison his head coach. While Dallas Eakins may not have been put in the greatest of situations by his GM, this organization can ill afford to simply sit back and watch this ship sink further into the abyss. FULL STORY



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Oilers need to swallow pride and send Leon Draisaitl away
Oilers need to swallow pride and send Leon Draisaitl away
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Edmonton - Dec. 2, 2014: With the Edmonton Oilers 2014-15 campaign now officially in the toilet, Craig MacTavish has to come to his senses. The time for the Oilers GM to swallow his pride and admit he was wrong is now at hand. If he does nothing else, MacT needs to get Leon Draisaitl out of town and keep him from having to suffer through what could arguably end up being the toughest five month stretch this organization has ever had to deal with. FULL STORY



Oilers drop tenth straight, fall 5-2 to Tobias Reider and Coyotes
Oilers drop tenth straight, fall 5-2 to Tobias Reider and Coyotes
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Edmonton - Dec. 1, 2014: It may have looked promising early on but in the end, Monday night was your typical night for the Edmonton Oilers. While Dallas Eakins' crew played a decent period of hockey, it was not nearly enough to beat a very mediocre Arizona Coyotes side. The 5-2 loss extended Edmonton's losing skid to ten straight and to make matters worse, it was former Oilers draftee Tobias Rieder who led the way with a pair of short-handed goals. Can you say ugly? FULL STORY



Revisionist History: The Edmonton Oilers and Cory Schneider
Revisionist History: The Edmonton Oilers and Cory Schneider
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Edmonton - Nov. 30, 2014: One cannot help but wonder if there are days that Craig MacTavish sits around and ponders what might have been, had he only been willing to part ways with the seventh overall pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Hindsight is wonderful thing but something tells me if the Oilers GM could do it all over again, he would not think twice about making the deal that should have landed the organization former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider. FULL STORY



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