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Oil Spills: Sunday Links - Oilers Win! Oilers Win!

All the news that you can use from Edmonton and around the NHL. A win for the Oilers, cascading injuries, Tyson Barrie gets suspended, Alex Burrows gets confused, and more.

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About Last Night

McBattle of Hallberta -- The Copper & Blue
McDavid and Hall steal the show, and the points, in an entertaining clash on Hockey Night in Canada.

Embarassing: Oilers @ Flames recap -- Matchsticks and Gasoline
What else can you say?

Player grades: Edmonton Oilers’ No. 1 picks all shine vs. Calgary - Jonathan Willis -- Cult of Hockey
Coming off four straight losses to start the year, the Edmonton Oilers desperately needed a win. If it come against provincial rival Calgary, that would be even better. And, if it wasn’t too much to ask, it would be great if all the star players could be productive and the power play would finally score. That’s what the wish list of head coach Todd McLellan might have looked like heading into Saturday’s game. All of the wishes were granted.

What do the Edmonton Oilers’ revamped power play units accomplish? |- Jonathan Willis -- Cult of Hockey
The big Oilers news on Friday was that Todd McLellan and his staff had altered the team’s power play units in the hope of getting some offence from a group that hasn’t shown much yet on the man advantage.

GDB 5.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Flames -- OilersNation
Welcome to the McDavid show. Final Score: 5-2 Oilers

McDavid, Hall Power Oilers To 5-2 Win Over Calgary -- Oil On Whyte
Well, Edmonton Oilers fans…THAT is more like it.

Connor McDavid scores twice on three-point night - Derek Van Diest - Edmonton Sun
Connor McDavid was booed the second he stepped on the ice to face the Calgary Flames in his first Battle of Alberta on Saturday. The Edmonton Oilers young phenom might have to get used to it, especially if he’s going to stick it to the Flames the way he did in last night’s 5-2 win.

Connor McDavid scores two goals, assist as Edmonton Oilers down Calgary Flames 5-2 - Joanne Ireland -- Edmonton Journal
Finally, a respite — and not only did the Edmonton Oilers finally find the win column, they secured their 5-2 victory against their provincial foes.

Guess which player Oilers coach Todd McLellan trusts the most? - David Staples -- Cult of Hockey
NHL coaches show their favour to players by playing them. The more a player plays, the more evidence that the coach has faith in him. This year, as in other years, the most trusted player on the Oilers is also one of the most maligned ones, defenceman Justin Schultz.

Around the NHL

Injury cascades: Which teams are most at risk to lose more players? - Stephen Burtch --
The higher in the lineup the injured player plays, the higher the workload for those asked to pick up the slack. This added stress can place increased pressure on teammates and, in many cases, can lead to an increased risk of injury to the remaining roster players. Last season the most obvious examples of this sort of cascade of injuries were the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Will Gamble On Women's Hockey League Pay Off? -- ESPN
The conversations took place by multiple means -- in person, by phone, via text. In the end, eight members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic women's hockey team gambled on their futures, jumping from an established Canadian-based league that doesn't pay its players to an American startup that vows it will.

Keenan replaced at Magnitka -- Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)
The official website of HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk has announced that Mike Keenan, who guided the team to Gagarin Cup glory in his first season as head coach, has been appointed President of Hockey Development at the club.

Colorado Avalanche's Tyson Barrie suspended three games for charging, interference - Department of Player Safety
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has been suspended for three games, without pay, for charging and interference against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres during NHL Game No. 63 in Anaheim on Friday, Oct. 16, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Alexandre Burrows Jumps Into Blues Bench, Blues Not Amused -- St. Louis Game Time
Try the other bench next time, Alexandre.