Maroon is Oilers' nominee for Masterton Trophy

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-03-24

Edmonton Oilers winger and Masterton Trophy nominee Patrick Maroon admittedly needed a history lesson on who Bill Masterton was, how he tragically died when his head hit the ice in the late 1960s while playing for the Minnesota North Stars. Also a Cole’s Notes rundown of what the National Hockey League award is about — perseverance and dedication to hockey— and some of the players who have won it over the years. Jaromir Jagr last year, Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu and Jamie McLennan in seasons past. Either Hall of Famers to be with illustrious, long careers such as Jagr and Selanne or players who’ve overcome major health issues like Koivu (cancer) and McLellan (flesh-eating disease

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A Capitals Fan Living in Edmonton by Marcus Boutilier

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2017-03-24

I was not living in Edmonton during the Stanley Cup glory years and like many who weren’t I was very jealous of Oiler fans. I mean, those Oilers were really too good! Unfair almost. Even after moving here and listening to people at work and other locals comment on how fun it was back in the day, it didn’t make it easier to swallow. The wild 2006 playoffs is also used as a point of excitement. While I appreciate the enthusiasm and listen intently, it’s with a little resentment if I’m being honest and you will understand why moving forward. Growing up in Southern Ontario, I like most was forced to hear all things Leafs and yet, I didn’t grow up to be too crazy. We

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Oilers a Stanley Cup Dark Horse?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-03-24

Trying not to put the carriage in front of the horse, but the Edmonton Oilers are heating up just at the right time and might be the team you don’t want to face in the playoffs. The Oilers are also 6-3-1 in their last 10 games (.650 win percentage) and are tied for second place in the Pacific Division with 89 points. During a recent four-game winning streak Edmonton outscored their opponents 18-5. The Oilers are the definition of a dark horse come playoff time. Everything is starting to come together at the right time for this squad whether it’s goaltender, secondary scoring or even their special teams. All of those have been questioned as the year’s progressed, but head

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DON’T WORRY BABY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2017-03-24

Sometimes in life, when you need it, God gives you a Colorado—and it turns into an Avalanche, the good kind. Such was the case in Denver. For much of last night, I reverted to ‘grumpy Lowetide’ and turned the air blue. The dog learned some new phrases, and if there were a swear  jar, I wouldn’t have enough for my morning coffee.  HELP ME RHONDA, YEAR OVER YEAR Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0, goal differential -7 Oilers in October 2016: 7-2-0, goal differential +10 Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2, goal differential -6 Oilers in November 2016: 5-8-2 goal differential -3 Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1, goal differential -9 Oilers in December 2016: 7-2-5, goal differential

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-03-24

What happens if McDavid wants to go to the Olympics, Canucks explore using a D man at forward so they can expose him in expansion as a forward, why aren’t the Jets actually good, Brian Elliott living up to expectations now, Team USA boycott speaks volumes, 2017 draft rankings, Jarret Stoll joins a Nation podcast, playoff races and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen. In the Roundup we go around the Nation Network and give you some of the best articles of the last couple weeks. Every once in a while it’s good to know what other teams are doing, or maybe you find an interesting article you wouldn’t have found otherwise. Note* This article i

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Five things we learned in the NHL: Records are made to be broken

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-24

• Leafs rookies continue to make history • Battles for Presidents’ and Vezina Trophies remain tight • Tampa Bay refuses to quit • McDavid takes over scoring race • Flames lose back-to-back for first time since January There’s been a lot of talk about the rookies on the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, and luckily for Leafs fans (unfortunately for non-Leafs fans) there’s going to be even more in the coming weeks. Toronto’s young trio of Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner and William Nylander inked the team in the history books recently as the first team to have three rookies score more than 50 points since the 1992-93 Winnipeg Jets. On Thursday night against

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Edmonton Oilers weak but Colorado Avalanche weaker, as Andrej Sekera and Laurent Brossoit lead Oil to win

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-03-24

Cult of Hockey post-game podcast: Game 74: The Oilers play their “F” game but still win podcast Cult of Hockey game grades, Oilers 7, Avs 4 The Edmonton Oilers twice fell behind by two goals to the Colorado Avalanche, but still found a way to win. I have to say that despite Edmonton’s stumbles and stammers in the game, not once did I doubt them. I doubted them 5,932 times.  The Oilers looked like they were ready to give away this one. Fortunately, due to the ineptitude of the atrocious Avs and some sharp line and goalie juggling by Oilers coach Todd McLellan, Edmonton was able to score five third period goals and storm back for the win.  Connor McDavid, 6.

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Oilers roar back with 5-goal 3rd period to stun Avalanche

Source: CBC Sports
Date: 2017-03-24

Drake Caggiula and Jordan Eberle scored 1:10 apart to break a tie late in the third period, and the Edmonton Oilers rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-4 on Thursday night.

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Oilers Postgame: Procrastination Pays Off!

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2017-03-24

Final Score: Oilers 7 – Avalanche 4 Being a University student, I am well aware of the procrastination method. It involves taking your sweet time to get started on the paper, and ultimately waiting until the final night before you even get started. After a frantic last ditch effort to get it all done, somehow, someway, the thing gets written. And sometimes, that paper turns out to be better than expected. Maybe even, pretty good. Tonight, we witnessed the Oilers version of this method. After 40 minutes of some of the worst hockey this team has played all year, if not the worst hockey this team has played all year, the Oilers, spurred on by Laurent Brossoit in net, and a shuffling of t

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Oilers battle back to topple Avalanche

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2017-03-24

DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche continue to be the free spot on the bingo card for everybody.

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GDB 74.0 Wrap Up: Lolorado Implosion

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-03-24

I never doubted them for a second! *shifty eyes* Final Score: 7-4 After dropping a turd in the second and third periods of last night’s game against the Ducks it was hard to imagine the Oilers not finding a way to play better. I know that might be a low bar to clear, but there were moments in last night’s game where I was having acid-like flashbacks to the Eakins era and that’s a place that I don’t ever want to go back to. Seeing the Avalanche on the schedule after the gong show from last night felt like a gift from the Gords. That said, being overconfident about a win before the game has been played is never a good idea and the Oilers had to make sure that they didn

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Loss to Hurricanes makes clear Canadiens have holes in lineup

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-24

MONTREAL — It’s a game like Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes that magnifies what’s missing from the Canadiens’ arsenal. We’ve reached the point in the season—with eight games remaining—where coaches of teams headed to the Stanley Cup playoffs have a strong semblance of how they want their lines to be assembled. Roles have already been firmly established. Chemistry, too. That’s not to say some fluidity isn’t par for the course. It’s a rarity that all 20 skaters are performing to capacity in any given game, and a tweak here or there can go a long way towards keeping everyone on their toes. In a team game like hockey, that’s an essential ingredient to winni

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