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Hot Links: Monday, January 6

Oilers get the Leafs tonight in Toronto as the look to stay hot after a nice result in Boston. Matt Benning injury updates, McDavid plays at ‘home’, James Neal’s return to form, and MORE!

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NHL: MAR 9 Leafs at Oilers Photo by Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Morning, folks!

A busy day today with the Oilers in the center of the universe as they get set to duke it out with the Maple Leafs shortly after 5PM MST.

A trip to Toronto means a homecoming of sorts for Connor McDavid, and The Captain looks forward to playing in front of friends and family.

Sunil took a look into the Oilers’ struggles when trailing in games this season, and some of the key underlying issues.

Jon Willis at The Athletic dove into James Neal’s resurgence at 5v5, Matt Benning’s injury progress, and the temptation of recalling Tyler Benson.

Speaking of Benning, he’s due a new contract next year? With his injury both serious and muddying the water a bit, what should Edmonton do next year?

Edmonton Oilers prospects Raphael Lavoie and Olivier Rodrigue earned themselves gold medals at the WJHC yesterday, with Philip Broberg taking home the bronze for his efforts.

From Us

Chasing the game (Copper and Blue)

GAME RECAP: Oilers 4, Bruins 1. (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

Always Extra Incentive For McDavid To Play In Hometown Toronto (Sportsnet)

Monday Mailbag – Should The Oilers Consider Trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? (Oilersnation)

Edmonton Oilers Gaining Momentum Heading Into Showdown With Leafs (Sun)

Matt Benning’s Next Deal (Oilersnation)

Oilers Prospect Update: WJC Ends; Currie Cooking (Oilersnation)

Pacific Division Review: We’re Half Way There (Oilersnation)

More Than A Feeling (Lowetide)

For Money

Oilers Notebook: James Neal’s Resurgence, Matt Benning’s Injury And The Tyler Benson Recall Temptation (Athletic)

Lowetide: Oilers Farmhands Are Pushing Hard For NHL Jobs (Athletic)