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Your daily links to all things Oilers and stories from around the hockey world: The Hawks take Game 1, on bringing back Shawn Horcoff, Todd Nelson taking to Todd McLellan, the Penguins are for sale, and more.

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Oilers News

Bringing Back Horcoff - Sunil Agnihotri - The SuperFan
Just hear me out ...

Dr. Drai... - Jason Gregor - OilersNation
The arrival of Connor McDavid will allow Draisaitl to develop away from the spotlight. Very few #3 overall picks have that luxury, and based on his play in the WHL regular season and playoffs, it would be foolish to believe he won't become a solid, if not great, NHL player. (Note: Dr. Drai is a terrible nickname and it needs to go away)

Todd Nelson in talks with McLellan to come back on Edmonton Oilers coaching staff, Dreger reports - David Staples - Cult of Hockey
From TSN’s Darren Dreger, news that Todd Nelson has had talks with Oilers coach Todd McLellan and Nelson could be back on the Oilers bench.

Around the NHL

Blackhawks vs. Lightning Game 1: Chicago rallies for 2-1 win in series opener - Second City Hockey
Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored two goals in less than two minutes late in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena. The Hawks now hold a 1-0 lead in the series.

2015 Stanley Cup Final Game 1 recap: Blackhawks rally late to take opener - Raw Charge
The Tampa Bay Lightning tried and failed to nurse an early 1-0 lead as the Chicago Blackhawks tallied two goals in the final six and a half minutes to win Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final in Tampa Wednesday night.

Penguins' owners exploring possible sale - TSN
Pittsburgh Penguin owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux have hired Morgan Stanley to explore the possibility of selling some or all of the NHL franchise.

Goaltending no longer key to winning Stanley Cup - Sportsnet.ca
The question is whether it important to have a great goaltender or just an adequate one. Even when a goaltender wins the Conn Smythe Trophy, he isn’t necessarily integral to the success of the Cup winner. I recently referenced a stat by Philip Myrland called the Win Threshold, which essentially measures what save percentage a goaltender would need to produce to finish at .500 or, for playoffs’ sake, make it to overtime. During the 2012 post-season, Jonathan Quick could have produced a nightly save percentage of .894 and the Kings would have played 20 overtime games. What Win Threshold really indicates is goal support. And what it has shown over the past dozen seasons, unlike in past eras, is that spectacular goaltending is now rarely required to have sustained playoff success.