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The Athletic's Allan Mitchell, Jonathan Willis, and Daniel Nugent-Bowman give you an inside and in-depth look at one of hockey's most storied franchises, The Edmonton Oilers.

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The Athletic's Allan Mitchell, Jonathan Willis, and Daniel Nugent-Bowman give you an inside and in-depth look at one of hockey's most storied franchises, The Edmonton Oilers.

    Oilers slotted 2nd in the Pacific at the all-star break.

    Oilers slotted 2nd in the Pacific at the all-star break.

    Allan and Jonathan and the Oilers have arrived at the bi-week, leading up to the all-star break in St. Louis. The boys look back on where the team was a year ago and how far they have come today. Allan and Jonathan discuss the Athletic players poll which tabs Oilers Captain Connor McDavid as the top player in the NHL as voted by his peers. Zack Kassian has made the most of his opportunities, and looks to be close to signing a multi year extension with the Oilers. Jonathan dreams of an Oilers team including Dustin Byfuglien, and the boys look at some of Ken Holland's other trade deadline targets too.

    • 37 min
    Battle of Alberta throwback on Saturday, featuring bad blood between Kassian & Tkachuk.

    Battle of Alberta throwback on Saturday, featuring bad blood between Kassian & Tkachuk.

    The Battle of Alberta was indeed back on display on Saturday night, and Allan, Jonathan and Daniel discuss the Oilers Zach Kassian who has had a hearing with Player Safety for punching out Matthew Tkachuk after two questionable hits from the Flames super pest. Kassian awaits a decision from George Parros on his one sided fight. With Kassian, to miss some time, might the Oilers elevate Tyler Benson to skate with Connor McDavid and James Neal?

    The guys dissect the improved second line with Kailer Yamamoto adding extra skill to compliment Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent Hopkins.
    Plus, Mike Smith's resurgence on the Oilers road trip, what does it mean for the goalie rotation moving forward?

    • 35 min
    McDavid and the Oilers in Toronto to face Matthews and the Leafs

    McDavid and the Oilers in Toronto to face Matthews and the Leafs

    Allan, Jonathan and Daniel recap the solid Oilers effort in Boston, ahead of Edmonton meeting the Leafs in Toronto on Monday night. The guys wonder if the Oilers might have interest in Ranger goalie Igor Shesterkin, what the asking price might be and what then would happen with Mike Smith? Plus, the guys analyze the play of Kailer Yamamoto since his recall, and if a recall for Tyler Benson could be on the horizon?

    • 30 min
    Kailer Yamamoto & William Lagesson up, Granlund and Manning go down

    Kailer Yamamoto & William Lagesson up, Granlund and Manning go down

    Jonathan Willis & Daniel Nugent Bowman discuss the recall of Kailer Yamamoto & defenceman William Lagesson with defenceman Brandon Manning & forward Markus Granlund both clearing waivers and assigned to Bakersfield.
    Plus, the struggles continue for Alex Chiasson who most likely would not have returned to Edmonton, if James Neal was acquired first. To wrap up the POD, JW and DNB take a closer look at Matt Benning's recovery from a concussion and the NHL's ongoing quest to protect the players from hits to the head.

    • 34 min
    Oilers approach mid-season and Christmas, third in the Pacific

    Oilers approach mid-season and Christmas, third in the Pacific

    Allan and DNB recap a rare Hockey Night in Canada win for the Oilers on Saturday night over the Habs. On the blue line, Klefbom and Larsson are starting to reestablish themselves as a quality pairing and Tip puts Draisaitl and McDavid back together with immediate success. Plus the guys assess the players that Ken Holland has brought into the Oilers lineup, since taking over as GM this past summer.
    and Daniel and Allan discuss the struggles of goalie Mike Smith, and if a change should be made in net, or should the oilers and their fans stay patient with him.

    • 32 min
    Oilers lose out on Hall reunion, as Arizona gets Taylor from New Jersey

    Oilers lose out on Hall reunion, as Arizona gets Taylor from New Jersey

    Taylor Hall was traded during the recording of the Oil Can today, and Allan and Jonathan were able to breakdown the trade, who won the deal, and what it means for the Edmonton Oilers moving forward. With Hall of the market, the Oilers are still in search of top 6 wingers to compliment McDavid, Draisaitl and Nugent Hopkins.
    With the Oilers in Dallas to face the Stars, Dave Tippet has shuffled the lines in an effort to get a more balanced attack and try to break Edmonton out of their funk.

    • 45 min

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