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GENE'S BLOG: The Start of Something

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about the Oilers first successful road trip of the 2019-20 campaign

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

I know you can't win every game or at least not every game during an NHL season. You can have a team go undefeated in football like, for example, the Miami Dolphins did during the 1972 season. They are the only NFL team to win the Super Bowl with a perfect season (14-0).

In hockey, it just doesn't happen. You can get some really long winning or undefeated streaks like Philadelphia had during the 1979-80 season. The Flyers went 35 games without a loss (25-0-10). The streak started Oct.14,1979 and didn't end until Jan. 6, 1980. Back then a tie finished as a tie. 

There was no tie on Monday night but it looked like there was going to be another successful comeback after James Neal scored his eighth goal of the season and sixth on the power play to cut Chicago's lead in half. 

Video: Blackhawks top Oilers for first win of season

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GAME STORY: Blackhawks 3, Oilers 1

Chicago ends Edmonton's historic season-opening win streak as Crawford stops 27 of 28 between the pipes

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

CHICAGO, IL - Edmonton's historic win streak to start the season came to an end on Monday as they were defeated 3-1 by the Chicago Blackhawks to conclude their four-game road trip.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at CHI 10.14.19

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Blackhawks

The Oilers conclude their four-game road trip with a match against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Monday to conclude their four-game road trip.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet One or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED.

Follow along for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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MIC INJURY REPORT: Larsson out

The Oilers have lost 19 man games to injury or illness in 2019-20

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

As of October 14, 2019

Current man games lost due to injury: 19 games

See below for a full injury report. 

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Blackhawks

The Oilers conclude their four-game road trip with a match against the Chicago Blackhawks

by Paul Gazzola & Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers conclude their four-game road trip with a match against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Monday.

The game can be seen on Sportsnet One and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED, at 6:30 PM MDT.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at CHI 10.14.19

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RELEASE: McDavid named NHL First Star of the Week

The National Hockey League has named Oilers centre Connor McDavid the NHL's first star of the week

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

The National Hockey League has named Oilers centre Connor McDavid the NHL's first star of the week.

Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine and Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby have also been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 13.

FIRST STAR - CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS

McDavid posted 2-5-7, including a League-best five power-play points (2-3-5), in three contests to help the Oilers (5-0-0, 10 points) win each of their first five games of a season for the third time in franchise history (also 1983-84: 7-0-0 and 1985-86: 5-0-0). McDavid registered his 15th career three-assist game in a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders Oct. 8. He then collected 1-1-2 in a 4-3 shootout victory against the New Jersey Devils Oct. 10, followed by the winning goal and one assist in a 4-1 triumph over the New York Rangers Oct. 12. In doing so, McDavid helped Edmonton become the first team in NHL history to overcome a deficit to win each of its first five games of a season. The 22-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native has earned at least one point in all five of those outings, topping the League with 4-8-12 overall and 2-5-7 on the power play. The two-time Art Ross Trophy winner also paces the NHL with 1.31 points per game since entering the League in 2015-16 (132-252-384 in 292 GP).

 

SECOND STAR - PATRIK LAINE, RW, WINNIPEG JETS

Laine led the NHL with 2-6-8 in four games as the Jets (4-3-0, 8 points) picked up a trio of wins. Laine recorded his first career three-assist performance in a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 8, helping the Jets/Thrashers franchise snap an 18-game winless streak in Pittsburgh dating to March 24, 2007 (0-14-4). He then posted 2-2-4, his third career four-point game, in a 5-2 triumph over the Minnesota Wild Oct. 10. After being held off the scoresheet in a 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 12, Laine closed the week with one assist in a 7-2 loss to the Penguins Oct. 13. The 21-year-old Tampere, Finland, native shares the League lead with eight assists and ranks third overall with 11 points through seven contests this season (3-8-11). Laine's 113 career goals are tied for fifth in the NHL since he made his debut in 2016-17 (113-82-195 in 244 GP).

 

THIRD STAR - SIDNEY CROSBY, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Crosby compiled 3-4-7 in four appearances to help the Penguins (4-2-0, 8 points) close the week on a three-game winning streak following a 1-2-0 start to the season. Crosby scored once in a 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Oct. 8. He then registered 1-1-2 in both a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Oct. 10 and a 7-4 triumph against the Minnesota Wild Oct. 12. Crosby added two more helpers in a 7-2 win over the Jets Oct. 13, moving him past Jean Ratelle and into 37th place on the NHL's all-time assists list. The 32-year-old Cole Harbour, N.S., native has collected at least one point in each of his first six games of the season, topping Pittsburgh with 3 7-10 overall. The two-time Art Ross Trophy winner, who sits 41st on the League's all-time points list, also leads the NHL with 449-777-1,226 (949 GP) since making his debut in 2005-06.

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BLOG: Cave assigned to Bakersfield

The Edmonton Oilers have assigned forward Colby Cave to Bakersfield (AHL)

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have assigned forward Colby Cave to Bakersfield (AHL).

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Oilers In Depth: The Podcast: Dylan Playfair

Host Tony Brar sits down with Letterkenny star Dylan Playfair to discuss how his hockey background helped him break into acting and his father, current Oilers Associate Coach, Jim Playfair.

by EdmontonOilers.com Staff

Host Tony Brar sits down with Letterkenny star Dylan Playfair to discuss how his hockey background helped him break into acting and his father, current Oilers Associate Coach, Jim Playfair.

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GAME STORY: Oilers 4, Rangers 1

Another come-from-behind victory for Edmonton as they extend their season-opening win streak to five games in the Big Apple

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

NEW YORK, NY - Two third period goals from Leon Draisaitl and one from Connor McDavid broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Oilers their fifth consecutive victory with a 4-1 decision at Madison Square Garden.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at NYR 10.12.19

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RELEASE: Archibald activated off IR; Cave placed on waivers

The Oilers have activated Josh Archibald off Injured Reserve and placed Colby Cave on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Bakersfield (AHL)

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

NEW YORK, NY - The Edmonton Oilers have activated forward Josh Archibald off Injured Reserve. The Oilers have also placed Colby Cave on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Bakersfield (AHL).

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