Adam Larsson and the Edmonton Oilers

At no fault of his own, Adam Larsson was put in an awfully difficult position to start his Edmonton Oilers career.  Though any reasonable fan, media member and student of the game would never view the rugged rearguard as fair value for Taylor Hall, one has to remove that part of the equation in order to fairly judge his performance. On its own merit, the trade is a fail every…

April 21, 2018
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Oilers Defense Options for the Draft

There are two crucial needs for the Edmonton Oilers this summer. One of them is finding a top-six winger that can score 20-30 goals and potentially play with Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The other need is to find a top-four offensive defenseman. When it comes to finding an immediate solution for the defense, they may need to look for help via free agency or the trade market. Related: Oilers Options…

April 21, 2018
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Blazers Face Elimination In Game 4 Saturday Afternoon In New Orleans

April 21, 2018

NEW ORLEANS — When the Trail Blazers were the third team to clinch a playoff spot in the Western Conference with a few weeks remaining in the 2017-18 regular season, there was optimism that perhaps they might be able to advance to the second round for the third time in the last five seasons. Now, the question is whether they can even win a game before being eliminated. After losing…

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Podcast: Rip City Report, Game 3 Recap/Game 4 Preview Edition

April 21, 2018

Greetings from New Orleans. After the Trail Blazers were thumped 119-102 by the Pelicans in New Orleans in Game 3, a loss that puts Portland on the brink of elimination from the 2018 postseason, your humble hosts got together digitally — Joe is back in Portland while I’m here in New Orleans — to record yet another edition of the Rip City Report podcast, which you can listen to on…

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Where Do the Sharks Put Thornton?

April 20, 2018

The San Jose Sharks have the best pure playmaker of his generation sidelined with an injury. Joe Thornton had surgery in late January to repair his right medial collateral ligament and it is unknown when he will return. There were whispers he may come back late in the first round, but his teammates breezed through the first four games. The Ducks put up little fight but the second series isn’t…

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Edmonton Oilers: Misplaced Expectations

With the news the Calgary Flames fired head coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday, many fans in Edmonton are once again asking how Oilers coach Todd McLellan still has a job. After all, the Flames were expected to finish lower in the standings than the Oilers when the season started and after having a better 2017-18 campaign, Calgary removed their bench boss anyway. The answer to how McLellan is still running…

April 20, 2018
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Blue Jackets & Capitals Each at a Crossroads

April 20, 2018

When the Columbus Blue Jackets received an early power play on Thursday night, you could tell their performance on it would dictate how the rest of the night would go. They struggled with their opportunity. Not surprisingly, they struggled with everything after that. A Quick Game 4 Recap Making good on the promise of Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals took care of business in Game 4 in convincing fashion by…

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Oilers Options at the 2018 NHL Draft

The NHL Draft Lottery takes place a little over a week from now and the Edmonton Oilers have the ninth-best odds (five percent) of winning the thing. There are various lottery simulators for fans to enjoy as the lottery approaches, namely two, like Tankathon, and NHL Lottery Simulator. Regardless, there are only a few instances where the Oilers would move up into the top three picks of the draft. It’ll…

April 20, 2018
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Sharks Finish off Troubled Ducks

It took until Game 4 of their series against the San Jose Sharks for the Anaheim Ducks to play hockey. And they played a terrific game against the Sharks. Only two problems. First, they weren’t enough better than San Jose to win the game, and second, they’d given themselves zero room for error. Game 4 of the series was the sort of game I expected every game in the series….

April 20, 2018
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Canucks Virtanen Poised for Breakout Season

When the Vancouver Canucks selected Jake Virtanen sixth overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, they had high hopes for the local, New Westminster product, to say the least. However, ‘JV’ has been subjected to a healthy amount of criticism through his first 140 games with an Orca on his chest — he’s only amassed 34 points. With that being said, the young man has fought through the Vancouver media…

April 20, 2018
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