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BLOG: Shoring up defensively

After a Qualifying Round exit from the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Oilers are emphasizing their team defence for next year

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Leading 3-2 late in Game 3 and looking to take a 2-1 series advantage in their best-of-five Qualifying Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Oilers saw their position of power crumble in a matter of minutes.

Chicago forward Matthew Highmore tied the game at 14:16 of the 3rd then captain Jonathan Toews put the Blackhawks ahead with 1:16 remaining on the clock, putting the Oilers in desperation mode for the rest of their playoff lives.

Edmonton's inability to secure leads in the postseason became a focal point during the club's exit media interviews. Oilers players and management weren't mincing their words when talking team defence.

"That's an issue that we've been trying to fix for a bit now," Oilers Captain Connor McDavid said Friday. "We seem to get it down in the regular season but for whatever reason, it just wasn't there in the playoffs. 

"That's an issue and we're aware of it."

Video: RAW | McDavid 08.14.20

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FEATURE: Moving Forward

With the stabilizing presence of President of Hockey Ops & GM Ken Holland at the helm, Connor McDavid believes the Oilers can continue heading in the right direction

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - When President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ken Holland joined the Edmonton Oilers organization, his goal was crystal clear

"We get it going by stability," Holland said from the Oilers Hall of Fame Room during his introductory press conference on May 7, 2019. "I don't believe there's one trade and all of a sudden, things turn. It's a move at a time. It's a piece at a time. It's going down to the locker room. It's providing stability. 

"It's knowing that we've got a plan and we're going to push forward with the plan."

Video: RAW | McDavid 08.14.20

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Blackhawks (Game 4)

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers look to prevent elimination in Game 4 against the Blackhawks

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers are battling to stay alive in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Qualifier against the Chicago Blackhawks Friday at Rogers Place.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet 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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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Blackhawks (Game 4)

The Oilers fight to stay alive in Game 4 against the Chicago Blackhawks

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers look to stave off elimination from the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers in a must-win Game 4 affair against the Chicago Blackhawks Friday at Rogers Place.

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game 4 vs CHI 08.06.20

 

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Blackhawks (Game 3)

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers look to take the series lead against the Blackhawks in Game 3

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers look to take the lead in Game 3 of their best-of-five Stanley Cup Qualifier series against the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday at Rogers Place.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet 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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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Blackhawks (Game 3)

The Oilers eye a series lead in their critical Game 3 affair against the Chicago Blackhawks

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

A critical, series-shifting Game 3 between the Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks takes place Wednesday night at Rogers Place.

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game 3 vs CHI 08.04.20

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BLOG: Neal pens article for The Players' Tribune

Oilers forward James Neal wrote an article titled 'You've Got To Want The Pressure' published by The Players' Tribune on Wednesday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Simply put, you've just got to want it in the playoffs.

That was the message James Neal sent in an article he penned for The Players' Tribune on Wednesday.

The piece is titled 'You've Got To Want The Pressure' and discusses Neal's current experience with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

Tweet from @PlayersTribune: .@jneal_18 had some free time in the bubble.He wanted to get a few things off his chest.He wrote this article.It's good.Go @EdmontonOilers https://t.co/H5hLg9961H

The Oilers winger describes how he was able to re-discover his game in Orange & Blue threads, what the leadership from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl looks like, and how the team is rallying for Colby Cave this post-season to honour their teammate who passed away tragically on April 11.

Read Neal's piece HERE.

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BLOG: Athanasiou draws praise from Coach Tippett

Head Coach Dave Tippett felt Game 2 against the Blackhawks was Andreas Athanasiou's best performance as an Oiler

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett had plenty of reasons to be pleased following his club's 6-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of their best-of-five Stanley Cup Qualifier series.

The bench boss received a three-goal performance from Captain Connor McDavid, strong goaltending from Mikko Koskinen, solid penalty killing from his shorthanded units and steady depth throughout his lineup.

Another positive sight for Tippett was the play of winger Andreas Athanasiou, who was acquired by the Oilers at the NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 25. 

Athanasiou - known as 'Double-A' in the dressing room - energized the Oilers in just under 10 minutes of ice time. The former Detroit Red Wing was confident with the puck and flashed his wheels, moving momentum forward with several individual rushes and net drives over his 12 shifts.

Video: RAW | Koskinen, Athanasiou, RNH 08.04.20

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BLOG: McDavid inspires with hat-trick performance

Oilers Captain Connor McDavid guided his team to a 6-3 victory with an incredible hat-trick performance in Game 2 against the Blackhawks

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words. 

You don't need to tell Connor McDavid. 

For what seems like the millionth time in his career, the Oilers Captain captivated the hockey world once again by notching his first career playoff hat trick while displaying his unparalleled skill in a 6-3 Game 2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

It's common knowledge that No. 97 is quick but the 2015 first-overall pick reminded everyone with two tallies in the opening five minutes. McDavid batted in his first just 19 seconds in then created a masterpiece on his encore.  

Video: CHI@EDM, Gm2: McDavid collects first playoff hatty

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Blackhawks (Game 2)

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers look to even the series in Game 2 against the Blackhawks

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Game 2 of the best-of-five Stanley Cup Qualifier series between the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks goes Monday night at Rogers Place.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet 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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