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Canadian women strike WWHC gold! PLUS: Oilers this, Oilers that, and Oilers the other as the calendar switches to fall.

NHL: SEP 17 Preseason - Oilers at Canucks Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Morning, folks.

Marie Philip-Poulin is a stone-cold killer. All she does is hit big shots to win big games. Last night was no different. In overtime, the Canadian captain rifled a snap shot bar(bar)-down to win Canada’s first Women’s World Hockey Championship gold since 2012.

Sniper go sniping.

In Oilers news:

Bold, Cotton.

Here’s the thing though: given the divisions both teams will play in, and the fact that Connor McDavid still plays for Edmonton and only Edmonton, the Oilers could actually do better than Toronto this season. It’s very much an edge case, sure, but it’s not impossible.

But, so?

Does that, by itself, mean they’re good? That they’re good enough? Or that Ken Holland did a good job this summer when he absolutely nuked the D for a complimentary top line F, a top nine F, and a capable 4C?

Does it even mean they got better? Edmonton’s division is projecting to be pathetic. There’s like one other NHL team in it. This stuff grates me.

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