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#Oilers back in the win column after a good performance in Columbus. Leon Draisaitl takes over the NHL scoring lead. After a hot October, what to expect from them in November?

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Morning folks!

We took a morning off the links yesterday with the back to backs giving us enough to chew on but we’re back in full swing on this Halloween morning.

The Oilers righted their listing ship somewhat last night with a strong effort in Columbus in their second game in as many nights, winning 4-1. Leon Draisaitl added another 2-1-3 to move to 12 goals and 25 points on the year and take over the league lead in both, while Jujhar Khaira scored his first of the season in what was easily his best effort so far this year.

Edmonton gets two days off now before heading to Pittsburgh to play Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Saturday morning. That’s right, you heard me. Saturday Morning. Connor McDavid and Co will be tasked with stopping the Penguins — in Pittsburgh — at 11AM on Saturday.

With a 9-4-1 record through the month of October, what will the expectations for the Oilers be as the schedule stiffens up in November?

Riley Sheahan received a high-ish hit along the wall from Pierre-Luc Dubois last night which knocked him out of the rest of the game. If he’s forced to miss any time, the Oilers will be even thinner at centre, and will lose their best option for a DZ starter.

Have fun trick or treating tonight. Or just eating the 4 boxes of mini chocolate bars you bought for kids that are never coming because you live on the 12th floor. Savvy.

From Us

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The Farm & Unincorporated Oil Country-October 29 (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

Chapter One Complete (Lowetide)

What Are The November Expectations For The Edmonton Oilers? (Oilersnation)

Draisaitl Scores Twice More As Oilers Roll Past Blue Jackets (Sportsnet)

Oilers Snap 2-Game Slide With Win Over Blue Jackets (CBC)

Edmonton Oilers Find Offence In Victory Against Columbus Blue Jackets (Sun)

Oilers’ Sheahan Leaves Game After Hit By Blue Jackets’ Dubois (Sportsnet)

For Money

Oilers In Need Of A Two-Way Centre; Some Candidates Emerging (The Athletic)

Willis: Unproductive Oilers forwards are in danger of losing their jobs — and soon (The Athletic)

Lowetide: Analyzing the Edmonton Oilers’ goaltending depth chart (The Athletic)

Willis: Should the Oilers trade for a veteran NHL defenceman? (The Athletic)