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Oil Spills: Friday Links - 1 Down, 81 To Go

All the news that you can use from Edmonton and around the NHL. The Oilers fall to the Blues, teams could come calling for a goalie sooner than later, and Rob Schremp is still trying to make it back to the NHL.

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About the Oilers

Blues Score All The Goals -- The Copper & Blue
The Blues win 3-1 and even give the Oilers a freebie

Oilers vs. Blues Recap: Oil Spilled -- St. Louis Game Time
Blues win despite...themselves.

Copper & Blue Round Table: Where Will the Oilers Finish? -- The Copper & Blue
Game 1 goes tonight. When Game 82 ends, where in the standings will we find the Oilers?

Ahead of McDavid's debut, generational superstars reflect on their first NHL games -- TSN
Wayne Gretzky vividly remembers the excitement; marching up 22 steps from the cramped bowels of Chicago Stadium before cutting through the thin cloud layer of cigar and cigarette smoke hovering over the ice. "When you're 18, and you've worked your whole life to get to the NHL," Gretzky said, "You just think 'Wow. This is pretty cool.' Your first game: There's nothing like it."

Will the Edmonton Oilers need to wait long to trade a goalie? - Jonathan Willis -- Cult of Hockey
Even before the Edmonton Oilers had completed their first game of the season, other NHL teams were learning how quickly their goaltending world can change. Suddenly, having Ben Scrivens in the minors looks a little less like an onerous burden and a little more like an opportunity.

The single biggest fib about the Edmonton Oilers - David Staples -- Cult of Hockey
The fallacy? "They put crooked numbers up in a hurry."

How is Todd McLellan going to run his defence? - Jonathan Willis -- OilersNation
It’s been a key weakness for the Edmonton Oilers for literally years now, and despite a busy offseason it isn’t clear that the options available on defence have dramatically improved from what was on the roster a year ago. Now it’s up to Todd McLellan to get the most out of an uncertain group. How is he going to do it?

The SuperFan Podcast – Episode 2 - Sunil Agnihotri

Around the NHL

Shot Attempts Close statistic good predictor for making Stanley Cup Playoffs - Rob Vollman --
Seven teams that missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2014 fought their way into them last season, the greatest turnover since 2005. Typically, an average of five teams work their way into the field of 16 that weren't there the year prior. In 2011, three teams went from out to in. So, which teams are most likely to get in this season after missing last season?

The era of the NHL goon is over. Good -- The Globe and Mail
Consider the hockey goon. Do it quickly, before it’s too late.

Ex-Edmonton Oilers forward Rob Schremp trying to earn his way back to the NHL - Jonathan Willis - Cult of Hockey
Four seasons have passed since Rob Schremp gave up on his NHL dream, heading overseas to play hockey on the other side of the world. Now he’s back, playing with the Portland Pirates of the AHL and trying to earn another shot in the majors.

Other Stuff

Today would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday. If you've got some time today, give his 1971 album Imagine a listen, from front to back it's just amazing. Or just listen to this.