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#Oilers drop another to Canadiens. PLUS: Tippett’s tough decision, power play problems, goaltending, prospect updates, Messier’s birthday, Dell to NJ and MORE!

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Montreal Canadiens v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Morning, folks.

We’re gonna keep it short and we’re gonna keep it sweet. Mornings after losses suck.

I have remarked at various points this young season that I enjoy the MLB-like two-game series format, but that’ll change pretty quickly if the Oilers continue not winning them.

Another game in which they were quite comfortably the second-best team thanks, in part, to what could only be classified as obviously the most likely outcome when you purposefully take out your best defenseman.

I don’t know about you guys, but Tippett can’t make too many more obviously horrible decisions like that before I start to lose my patience for him in the role.

Look, I know he knows better than me. Whatever. I get that. It doesn’t make his decision last night any less atrocious. In a 56-game season, in year 6 (!!!) of Connor McDavid, they can’t afford any atrocious decisions.

Last night was on the coach. It felt like G1 against Chicago all over again.

GAME RECAP: Montreal 3, Edmonton 1 (Copper and Blue)

GAME THREAD: Game 4/56 Montréal Canadiens @ Edmonton Oilers (Copper and Blue)

Weekly Game Odds Forecast (Jan18-24) (Copper and Blue)

The SuperFan Podcast – Episode 18 – Jason Paul (@waveintel) (Copper and Blue)

GAME PREVIEW: Game 4/56 Montréal Canadiens @ Edmonton Oilers (Copper and Blue)

The Day After: Will The Edmonton Oilers Power-Play Please Stand Up? (ON)

Oilers Trying To Deal With Goaltending Conundrum (Sun)

Player Grades: Vaunted Powerplay Lays A Rotten Egg As Edmonton Oilers Again Fall Meekly To Habs (EJ)

Canadiens Sweep Oilers With Goaltending Contrasts On Full Display (SN)

Canadiens Down Oilers, Sweep Series In Edmonton (CBC)

Koskinen Emphasizes Oilers Can’t Get Frustrated Despite Loss (SN)

Bear And Jones Scratched Against Canadiens As Oilers Shuffle Their Defence (Sun)

Oilers Prospect Update: Maximov Effort (ON)

Mark Messier – NHL Legend And 6 Time Stanley Cup Winner (THW)

The New Jersey Devils Have Claimed Aaron Dell (ON)

Matthews Hasn’t Figured Out McDavid, Doesn’t Think Anyone Ever Will (SN)

Lowetide: Oilers’ Goaltending Depth Is In State Of Flux (Athletic)