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Oilers beat #Canucks 4-1 last night as Connor McDavid moves two steps closer to 100 points and Mike Smith inches closer to a Vezina. Seriously.

NHL: MAY 04 Oilers at Canucks Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Morning, folks.

Good vibes keep reverberating this morning as the Oilers won their second in two nights last night, another comfortable result that saw them go behind early and then make up and overcome the deficit without ever really threatening to lose. There was a quiet reassurance in watching them go about their business last night. Part of that might have come from the obvious reality that Vancouver, at present, is absolute dogshit, but I digress. Vancouver is absolute dogshit. Or, wait. Oilers.

Connor McDavid got points on the Oilers’ first two goals last night, bringing his season total to 93 (in 51 GP) and leaving him 7 pts shy of 100 with 5 GP left. I wonder how many times in McDavid’s career he’s scored less than 7 pts in 5 GP. I’d imagine it’s fewer than you might think.

Evan Bouchard made his (re-)debut last night, while William Lagesson returned to the lineup as well. It came at the cost of Ethan Bear and Caleb Jones, so that sucks, but Bouchard scored a goal and otherwise looked revelatory out there and probably should have been playing the whole season. Especially so after they traded Tyson Barrie at the deadline.

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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 Beat Canucks Again, This Time It Was 4-1 (Copper and Blue)

GAME THREAD: Game 51/56 Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks (Copper and Blue)

GAME PREVIEW: Game 51/56 Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Tuesday, May 4 (Copper and Blue)

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


The Day After: The Slow Burn… (ON)

Oilers Don’t Break A Sweat Vs. Canucks With Their Sights Fixed On Playoffs (SN)

McDavid Bolsters Chase For 100 Points With Pair Of Assists In Oilers’ Win Over Canucks (CBC)

CBC Radio Active: Oilers, Playoffs, Goaltending, Depth And More (TSF)

A Trying Season For Tyler Ennis In His Hometown (ES)

Oilers Achieve ‘First’ Goal Of Season With Playoff Berth (TOR)

31 Thoughts: Why Tom Wilson Needed A Stronger Punishment (SN)

Player Grades, Games 41-50: Connor McDavid Outscores Edmonton Oilers’ Opponents 23-20 (EJ)


Lowetide: What Should The Oilers Do To Get Kailer Yamamoto Back On Track? (TA)