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Hot Links: Wednesday, October 16

#Oilers return home to play host to Philadelphia to kick off two-game homestand. Has their early season success raised expectations for the year?! And MORE!

Edmonton Oilers v Chicago Blackhawks
Mike Smith, trying to play a puck he shouldn’t. Probably.
Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images

Morning, folks!

It’s a day for games as our Oilers are back in town to play host to the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at 7:30 MST. Edmonton is looking to bounce back after a lacklustre effort in Chicago that saw them drop their first points of this young season.

Listening to Lowetide’s show yesterday, Dom Luszczyszyn from The Athletic noted that the Oilers hot start has been so significant that it has improved their playoff chances (by his model) from about 25% to just under 50%, in other words, the Oilers are basically a coin flip to make the playoffs now. It was a big start.

But the thing about those big starts, and that increased percentage, is it only means something if the Oilers can build off it and continue to win more than they lose. They’ve probably been fortunate to do that so far, so here’s hoping in the coming games they can establish themselves a little more and continue to gather points.

We’ll have more game day coverage for you as our PREVIEW, 5 QUESTIONS, and GAME THREAD posts will be going up throughout the day. Get yourselves read up and we’ll see you later on.

From Us

The Farm & Unincorporated Oil Country - October 16 (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Tuesday, October 15 (Copper and Blue)

RECAP: Blackhawks Trip Up Oilers 3-1, Winning Streak Ends At Five (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

Oilers Outsider: Road Trip Raises Expectations (THW)

GDB Game Notes: Flyers @ Oilers (Oilersnation)

Edmonton Oilers Return Home Determined To Prove They Are For Real (Sun)

Early Days (The Super Fan)

By The Numbers: What We (Kinda) Know So Far (Oilersnation)

Leon Draisaitl – Connor McDavid Duo Give Oilers A Puncher’s Chance (THW)

Shy Town (Lowetide)

For Money

Ethan Bear’s Early Success With The Oilers And What It Might Mean At The Trade Deadline (The Athletic)

Willis: How Well Are The Solutions To Key Oilers Weaknesses Working? (The Athletic)