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Oil Spills: Friday Links - Ripped Apart By Coyotes

All the news that you can use from Edmonton and around the NHL. The Oilers can't handle the Coyotes. Plus a seven year deal for Abdelkader, Alzer doesn't like analytics, slumps, Landeskog's dirty hit, and more.

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About Last Night

Oilers/Coyotes Game Recap: 0.810 -- The Copper & Blue
The Coyotes take advantage of a fatigued Oilers squad and beat them 4-1.

Edmonton Oilers @ Arizona Coyotes instant recap: three in a row! -- Five For Howling
The Arizona Coyotes won their third game in a row in grand fashion with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Oilers 1 - Coyotes 4: Rank 'Em -- The Copper & Blue
Tell us how the Oilers looked tonight. Who was the best, who was the worst.

Player grades: Edmonton Oilers waste great Taylor Hall effort - Jonathan Willis -- Cult of Hockey
Taylor Hall had a great night. Even basically without support he had a great night. Unfortunately for fans of the Edmonton Oilers, the rest of the team didn’t have much life.

Arizona Coyotes defeat Edmonton Oilers 4-1 - Derek Van Diest -- Edmonton Sun
The start was better, but it was the only thing the Edmonton Oilers had going for them Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes.

Arizona Coyotes extend their winning ways against the Oilers - Joanne Ireland -- Edmonton Journal
There would be no demon-slaying in the desert where the Edmonton Oilers have habitually had their struggles.

GDB 17.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Coyotes -- OilersNation
"I told you Nilsson would suck tonight. Math boner!" vs "NEEEEEEEEERD." There could be only one. Final Score: 4-1 Coyotes

Edmonton Oilers Lose 2nd of Back-to-Back Road Games, 4-1 -- Oil On Whyte
The Edmonton Oilers, even if they had all hands on deck, would find it hard to win back-to-back games on the road. But they don’t, and did. The 4-1 loss isn’t a fatal blow. But this game WAS a chance to make up precious ground in the Western Conference, and they could not answer the bell.

Around The NHL

Gabriel Landeskog ejected for vicious hit to Brad Marchand, should be suspended -- Stanley Cup of Chowder
Gabriel Landeskog was ejected for catching Brad Marchand in an absolutely vicious and uncalled for hit to the head. In his very best Matt Cooke impression, Gabriel Landeskog, well, you can see it.

Whose slump is a sign of a permanent decline? -- ESPN
Sometimes a slump is more than that. Sometimes it's the start of something bigger, the sort of long-term downturn that changes the way we view a player. A seemingly minor slump might end up being that first blinking light on the dashboard, warning us that a player could struggle through the rest of the season or even career.

Karl Alzner Doesn't Believe In Analytics And That's Fine -- Japers' Rink
Understanding why Karl Alzner's rejection of advanced stats doesn't mean much.

Red Wings Announce Justin Abdelkader Signs 7-Year Contract Extension -- Winging It In Motown
After reporting from Bob McKenzie last night called the deal close, the team announced the extension via Twitter this morning.

Keith Yandle Is The Best Offensive Defenseman The Rangers Have Since Brian Leetch -- Blueshirt Banter
Keith Yandle was critiqued for his offense of all things. Here's why that's not true at all.

Zeitgeist: To increase scoring, NHL to test out straight jackets for goalies -- Lighthouse Hockey
[humor] NHL general managers have discussed restraining all goaltenders in institutional straight jackets as a way to increase scoring. It seems like a drastic change, but needs to be done to get the goals-per-game numbers up.

Lightning's Yzerman not ready to hit panic button - yet --Tampa Bay Times
Fans are frustrated and worried. General manager Steve Yzerman said he feels their pain but isn't ready to hit the panic button — yet.