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Recent articles by Jim:

Georgiev is perfect goalie target for Oilers, even if out of reach

It’s hardly a secret that the Edmonton Oilers No. 1 priority is to upgrade their net presence. → Read More

Lightning roll over Islanders in opening game of Eastern Conference Final

The first time NHL teams see one another in a brand new hockey series it’s always a feeling-out-process, often with one team playing chess and the other… → Read More

Edmonton Oilers looking for two goaltenders to share net next season

With the NHL almost surely planning a compressed 2020-21 season that looks like the current Stanley Cup playoffs with back-to-backs the norm, teams looking at… → Read More

Silent Ice gets in the junior hockey game

If you think Silent Ice is what’s going on in NHL hub city rinks during COVID with no fans in the buildings, you are right but it’s also the burgeoning… → Read More

Reaves and fellow NHL players take stand on racial injustice

Ryan Reaves will be back chirping at Antoine Roussel whenever the NHL resumes play, but Thursday, the Vegas Golden Knights tough guy was proudly and… → Read More

Vegas Golden Knights just keep winning and winning

It’s now been 160 days since the Vegas Golden Knights lost.On March 6, Vegas was trounced 4-0 in Winnipeg, and it’s been win after win after win since, their latest victory coming 4-3 in overtime Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks, when Rielly Smith redirected Paul Stastny’s p... → Read More

Vegas is much sterner defensive test for the Blackhawks

As David Bowie would say, “Ground control to Major Tom …”After being blasted into space, flying high, in their series with Edmonton Oilers, the Chicago Blackhawks lost their mojo in Game 1 against the Vegas Golden Knights. → Read More

HUB CITY NOTES: Scheifele loved his time in the bubble in Edmonton, hurt or not

Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele loved being a bubble boy in the Edmonton hub, even as he hobbled around with a crushed Achilles tendon after his board skirmish with Matthew Tkachuk in Game 1 of the play-in round.“From what I saw in Edmonton, it was so professionally done. → Read More

MATHESON: No lottery win, no play-in win, lost August for Oilers

So, the NHL draft lottery wasn’t another guilty pleasure for the Edmonton Oilers.They didn’t win for the fifth time in the last 11 years, starting with Taylor Hall in 2010 when they had a run of four in six years (Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and Connor McDavid), which meant n... → Read More

MATHESON: Oilers have a chance at Lafreniere in second draft lottery Monday

Sadly, the NHL draft lottery has been appointment viewing in YEG over the last 10 years.And so it is we’ll have to watch again Monday at 4 p.m MDT to see if those luck-sack Edmonton Oilers get the right bingo balls for the fifth time since 2010. → Read More

Magic not there for Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto against Blackhawks

When you lose your Visa, you call, have the card cancelled, and they send you a new one.You misplace your game as a hockey player and it’s a struggle to get it back.Case in point: Kailer Yamamoto. → Read More

MATHESON: Oilers kicked to curb by Blackhawks in Qualifying series

One life to live just became no life to live for the Edmonton Oilers.The 12th-seed Chicago Blackhawks burst the hub city home team’s bubble Friday, kicking the malfunctioning Oilers to the Stanley Cup tournament curb with a 3-2 win in Game 4, and really, the Oilers didn’t even get to the... → Read More

HUB CITY NOTES: Blackhawks caught break with expanded postseason

The Chicago Blackhawks were clearly granted a second life when the Return to Play expanded to 24 teams with the play-in round in the hubs but they’re not saying; “hey, great, let’s do this every year. → Read More

MATHESON: Plenty of goals in Oilers, Blackhawks series

In the playoffs, sometimes you get a game where neither team looks very good.Case in point, Game 3 on Wednesday night. This one won’t be going into any time capsule. → Read More

HUB CITY NOTES: No mentoring for Caggiula by McDavid in high school

As we know, Drake Caggiula and Connor McDavid went to the same Toronto-area high school.“Yeah, 12th grade and ninth grade,” said Caggiula on a zoom call.“So did Connor take you under his wing at some point?” a Chicago reporter asked Caggiula. → Read More

Oilers Notes: Orr and Coffey also seemed to skate faster with puck on their stick

If you’ve seen that fabulous Connor McDavid second goal Monday where the puck was bouncing like a tennis ball up the ice, where he first turned over his stick-blade to knock the puck four feet down to his skates, it was the trifecta — great hands, great eyes and great feet. → Read More

Oilers observations: Blackhawks defenceman helpless on McDavid’s second goal

Jim Matheson's observations from the second game of the Edmonton Oilers-Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs qualifying series played Aug. 3, 2020, at the NHL hub in Rogers Place. → Read More

Edmonton Oilers Notes: Little surprise Koskinen gets start in Game 2

Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett anointing Mikko Koskinen as his Game 2 starter was as predictable as those meat-locker temperatures at Rogers Place these days. → Read More

Hawks soar and score leaving Oilers in a flap in 6-4 loss

Uh, oh!History tells us that NHL teams that drop Game 1 of a best-of-five series aren’t reaching for the water bottle as quickly as the white flag, which isn’t good news for the Edmonton Oilers, who scored early but let the Chicago Blackhawks score often in an emotionless Return to Play ... → Read More

Oilers vs Blackhawks: Eight keys to best-of-five qualifying series

When the Edmonton Oilers play the Calgary Flames the story writes itself, but there’s no hatred narrative against Chicago Blackhawks, just competitive envy as Connor McDavid knows captain counterpart Jonathan Toews got his hands on the Stanley Cup in his third NHL season. → Read More