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A day typically reserved for foolishness instead provides a platform to humbly request that every single one of us do our part to stay home, be safe, and get through this. And we will.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Morning, everyone!

On a day typically reserved for silliness let’s take this opportunity to instead be serious about how important it is to stay inside if and when you can. We’re a few weeks into something that will likely last months, at least, and our seriousness today could be the difference when infections start to peak.

Today we’ve got a look back at the Fall for (Taylor) Hall. It’s easy to forget just how dire it was here before 2010, largely because it’s hard to forget how dire it was here in some of the years afterward.

Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett sat down for an interview from his home in Arizona, talking COVID-19, what he’d rather be doing, and a whole lot more, including the stalling of the Oilers’ progress this season.

Mike Green’s recovery from a knee injury suffered in a loss against the Vegas Golden Knights is going well, as news broke yesterday that he would be available to play should the NHL season resume. I still don’t think it will, but that’s some positive news. Green showed himself quite capable in his brief cameo as an Oiler. Joakim Nygard’s arm injury looks to be behind him as well.

Yesterday the NHLPA voted Oilers captain Connor McDavid as the best forward in the NHL by a Fleetwood Mac song.

On March 31, 1982, Mark Messier became the second Oiler in franchise history to reach the 50-goal plateau.

Former Oiler and current local legend Sam Gagner, now living in Edmonton, shared a video about social media supporting local businesses while doing their best to stay home and flatten the curve in Alberta’s capital.

All that and more in today’s links. Get yourselves read, washed, and back to bed. We’ll get through this yet.

From Us

Connor McDavid Named Top Forward In NHLPA Poll (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Tuesday, March 31 (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

Making The Call On The Back Drafts (Lowetide)

The Revisiting Series: Fall For Hall (Oilersnation)

Ken Holland Turned Over Half Of Edmonton Oilers’ Roster In His First Year On The Job, Largely For The Better (Journal)

Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett Finding Sun, But No Fun Amid COVID-19 Lockdown (Sun)

Oilers Expect D Green Back If Season Resumes (ESPN)

Oilers’ Tippett Laments Team’s Lost Progress Amid Season Pause (Sportsnet)

38 Years Ago Today, Mark Messier Becomes 2nd 50-Goal Scorer In Edmonton Oilers History (Oilersnation)

Sam Gagner Shares Video Urging Local Support In Edmonton (Oilersnation)

Joakim Nygard And Mike Green Will Be Ready If The 2019-20 Season Resumes (Oilersnation)

NHLPA Releases 2019-20 Player Poll (Score)

40 Moments: Petr Klima Comes Off The Bench To End The Longest Stanley Cup Final Game In NHL History (Oilersnation)

For Money

The 2020 NHL broadcast rankings: The best and worst markets to watch the games (Athletic)