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All the news that you can use from Edmonton and around the NHL. The Oilers fall to the Blackhawks. Kane tells McDavid not to rush it. How to easily boost scoring. The entire Flint Firebirds roster just quit. Hemsky could be facing a suspension. And more.

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About Last Night

Goaltending was the Difference -- The Copper & Blue
Oilers attempt a comeback late in the game but fall 4-2 to the Blackhawks

Blackhawks vs. Oilers final score 2015: Artemi Panarin, Patrick Kane lead 4-2 win -- Second City Hockey
Patrick Kane had four points and Corey Crawford did some serious work as the Blackhawks broke out of their recent funk.

Oilers 2 - Blackhawks 4: Twenty Good Minutes - Rank 'Em -- The Copper & Blue
Tell us how the Oilers looked tonight. Who was the best, who was the worst.

Game grades: mistakes doom strong Oilers effort vs Hawks - David Staples -- Cult of Hockey
Benoit Pouliot doesn’t stretch far enough to block a pass through the slot. Mark Fayne fails to take the man on a rush. Mark Letestu fails to get off a shot when he’s wide-open in front of the net.

Lack of first-period jump has been hurting the Edmonton Oilers - Joanne Ireland -- Edmonton Journal
Todd McLellan once had swagger in his lineup. That kind of we-can’t-be-beat attitude that the San Jose Sharks took into every game. Into every first period. It is something the head coach now has to foster with the Edmonton Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers open road trip with 4-2 loss to Chicago Blackhawks - Rob Tychkowski -- Edmonton Sun
It was all the usual suspects to blame in yet another loss for the Edmonton Oilers Sunday at the United Center. Soft goals against, defensive breakdowns, a sluggish first period and a frustrating inability to finish their chances all contributed to a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

GDB 15.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Blackhawks -- OilersNation
On the bright side, we're one game closer to McDavid's return. Final Score: 4-2 Blackhawks

Oilers coach McLellan says he'll bench underperformers - Rob Tychkowski
Oilers coach Todd McLellan has been taking a hard line with some of his struggling veterans, making Mark Fayne a healthy scratch in three straight games before Sunday night and sitting former captain Andrew Ference in 10 of the first 15.

Patrick Kane’s advice for Connor McDavid: Do what you can to heal — and don’t rush back - Joanne Ireland -- Edmonton Journal
It may take Connor McDavid more than seven weeks to get back into the Edmonton Oilers lineup, but if he heals as well as Patrick Kane did, there shouldn’t be any lingering effects.

Around the NHL

One simple rule change to boost NHL scoring -- Pension Plan Puppets
There's a simple, easy way to increase scoring across the NHL: Make teams have the long change in every period.

Expected Points Versus Actual Points: Games Through 11/8/2015 -- HockeySimplified
For the nerds out there.

Report: Flint Firebirds coaching staff fired immediately after comeback win -- Winging It In Motown
News has surfaced that there has been some dramatic events from OHL's Flint Firebirds The coaches were fired immediately after the game. The the entire team quit.

Will Ales Hemsky Face Discipline For Hit On Jonathan Ericsson? -- Defending Big D
In short: it wouldn't shock me.

Duncan Keith's injury highlights the downside of his relentless toughness -- Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks' iron man started hurting back in the Stanley Cup Final, but chose not to tell anyone.

The Sad Demise of the Maine Hockey Program -- SB Nation College Hockey
The University of Maine administration is to blame for the demise of the Black Bear hockey program.