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May the Fourth be with everyone but Tom Wilson and everyone at that joke DOPS office. Oh, also: THE #OILERS CLINCHED LAST NIGHT! AND: THEY PLAY AGAIN TONIGHT?!

Edmonton Oilers v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Morning, folks.

Sorry for the delay this morning, these 8PM starts, am I right?! But actually, the site’s editor was down so we couldn’t do anything for awhile. Our apologies.

This was going to be a brief treatise on the excellence of Connor McDavid — who posted another 4 points last night bringing him that much closer to the 100-point mark for the truncated season — and the excitement and relief of the Oilers officially clinching a playoff spot last night — but then the Tom Wilson disciplinary news broke:

What?!

In case anyone missed his antics from last night, he was on one. He slammed Pavel Buchnevich’s head into the ice dangerously before pulling Artemiy Panarin’s hair en route to a suplex — on ice — and feeding him knuckles, too. I can’t possibly say this enough, or with enough conviction, but fuck Tom Wilson. I hope he stubs his toe every day from now until the end of time. I hope he constantly finds hair in his Big Macs and fingernails in his White Claws. What a piece of shit.

A $5K fine. Wow.

But, I digress. The Oilers have another game tonight and, considering they’ve clinched, perhaps we see Evan Bouchard come into the lineup for one of Tyson Barrie or Adam Larsson? Otherwise, it might be hard to convince the old body to stay up for an 8PM start to watch a game that, outside of McDavid’s chase for 100, doesn’t matter.

BUT DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM CHECKING OUT OUR GAMEDAY COVERAGE!


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Episode 9 - “There’s Something About Connor McDavid”

(Hey, you try doing something with The Rise of Skywalker.)

Shona and Preston recap the week that was, and ponder what the signing of Ilya Konovalov might mean for the Oilers. They dive deep into Philip Broberg’s assignment to the taxi squad and how it could affect the roster ahead of the playoffs.


Oilers Clinch Playoff Spot in 5-3 Victory (Copper and Blue)

GAME THREAD: Game 50/56 Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks (Copper and Blue)

Weekly Odds Forecast May 3-9 (Copper and Blue)

Connor McDavid Named NHL’s Second Star Of The Week (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Monday, May 3 (Copper and Blue)


100 In 56 Is The New 50 In 39 For Oilers Captain McDavid (ES)

2020-21 Game 51: Oilers At Canucks (LT)

2021 NHL Awards Watch: Who’s Leading For Hart, Norris, Vezina, Selke, Calder? (ESPN)

After Season Of Growth, Oilers Finally A Team To Be Reckoned With In Playoffs (SN)

McDavid Scores Twice As Oilers Clinch Playoff Spot In Win Over Canucks (CBC)

Khaira ‘100 Per Cent’ Confident He’s Ready To Return To Oilers Lineup (ES)

Tracking The Top Teams (TSF)


‘He’s Transformed Himself’: How Jesse Puljujarvi 2.0 Is Making An Impact For The Oilers Like Never Before (TA)

LeBrun: Wayne Gretzky On How Connor McDavid Has Taken His Game And Oilers ‘To Another Level’ (TA)