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Oil Rig Radio: Hockey This Fortnight

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We're an Edmonton Oilers blog, founded in 2013. Our regular contributors sometimes sit down to talk hockey both within and beyond Rogers Place.
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Hockey This Fortnight Episode 49: A Coaching Change? In This Economy?

Oil Rig Radio: Hockey This FortnightNov 13, 2023

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Hockey This Fortnight Episode 50: PDO and Playoffs?

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 50: PDO and Playoffs?

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler for a deep dive into the Oilers' playoff potential, whether or not the problems are fixed, why Evan Bouchard has become the whipping boy du jour for some in Edmonton media, and what they'd do in a Freaky Friday situation.

Nov 26, 202301:20:39
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 49: A Coaching Change? In This Economy?

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 49: A Coaching Change? In This Economy?

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they talk about the BIGGEST story of the season - Jack Campbell getting waived. There's also a bunch of talk about Jay Woodcroft being fired, so if that's what floats your boat you're in for a treat.

Nov 13, 202301:14:18
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 48: The Toilet Bowl Cometh

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 48: The Toilet Bowl Cometh

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they dissect what's gone wrong for the Oilers in the first few weeks (spoiler: it's the goaltending), discuss some other NHL news, laugh about the Heritage Classic taking place between the Oilers and Flames this week, and then make some assumptions about people in general. Is there a chance you'll hear about Sidney Crosby's generational booty? Yes, yes there is.

Oct 29, 202301:00:46
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 47: Hopes and Fears and Icks

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 47: Hopes and Fears and Icks

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they make some predictions about the upcoming Oilers season, talk about the things they are fearful of, make a pick for the most interesting non-Oilers story of the season, and fill you in on the things other people do that are just disgusting.

Oct 09, 202301:00:14
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 46: Connoisseurs of Handsomeness

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 46: Connoisseurs of Handsomeness

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall, Megan Fowler and special guest Karim Kurji for a quick chat about The Oil Rig website, some complaints about hockey fans, a relatively long discussion about hockey beards, and a 2023-24 wishlist from each.

We'll actually be back in a fortnight.

Sep 18, 202301:30:02
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 45: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Jack Campbell?

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 45: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Jack Campbell?

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they discuss some happenings around the league, try to decide if the Sens will be good, imagine themselves as Oilers GM and decide how to solve the upcoming cap crisis, and test their knowledge of different league champions over the years.

Jul 30, 202358:43
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 44: Connor Brown? In This Economy?

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 44: Connor Brown? In This Economy?

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they break down, in near real time, some of the more significant signings as NHL free agency opens. If you stick around long enough you will hear, in ACTUAL real time, Steven's reaction to the Connor Brown contract and boy is it worth the wait.

Jul 01, 202301:39:48
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 43: Nutsack in a Wheelbarrow

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 43: Nutsack in a Wheelbarrow

Join Steven Darnell (the most interesting man in the world), Avry Lewis-McDougall (your mom's favourite podcaster) and Megan Fowler as they reflect on the final round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, talk about why the Golden Knights were successful, how the Panthers got beat by themselves (sort of), why it's bad to play hockey with a broken sternum, and which fictional character would be the actual worst person to know.

Jun 17, 202301:13:51
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 42: Florida? In This Economy?

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 42: Florida? In This Economy?

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they discuss Florida's improbable Round 3 sweep of Carolina, how Matt Tkachuk has become the face of the NHL in the best way, why Jamie Benn made the Stars lose, why it's a waste of time to get upset about the Heritage Classic jerseys before we know what they look like, and why it's bad business to price average fans out of the arena.

Jun 04, 202301:19:31
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 41: More Climaxes Than A Prom Night

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 41: More Climaxes Than A Prom Night

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler for a concise round 2 recap and some conference final predictions. What happened to the Devils? Are the Stars for real? The Panthers, in this economy? And, of course, they spend some time talking about the Oilers and what went wrong (it's not that complicated). Anyway, everyone is excited for hockey that they aren't emotionally invested in.

May 17, 202341:11
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 40: Round 2 Predictions and What's Happening in the West

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 40: Round 2 Predictions and What's Happening in the West

Join Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler for a quick recap of Round 1, predictions for Round 2, their NEW dream SCF matchups, and a quick chat about what's happening in both Winnipeg and Calgary.

May 03, 202354:54
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 39: Playoff Predictions and SCF Dreams

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 39: Playoff Predictions and SCF Dreams

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they make their Round 1 playoff predictions. There's not a lot of debate this time around, but somewhere in the discussion you'll find out what one of the hosts actually thinks about the Oilers playoff chances. They also agree on a dream Finals matchup, but for VERY different reasons.


We'll be back after round 1 to see how we did.

Apr 16, 202301:04:53
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 38: It's A Tough Man's Game?

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 38: It's A Tough Man's Game?

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they take their bi-weekly tour around the league.
The Oilers clinched a playoff spot last night, partially on the back of Leon Draisaitl's 50-goal campaign, and your hosts discuss how important he has been to the team. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has had a career year, and is 3 points away from 100 points of his own; he's doing it quite quietly. It is not, however, the quietest milestone the Oilers have seen this year - that would be Connor's 62 goals. Are there other quiet milestones this season? What about other milestones around the league?

The playoff picture is not set in either conference, and your hosts try to decide which teams will capture wildcard spots. Will the Jets hold on? Can the Flames squeak in? Will the Kraken make the playoffs, and if they don't is it still a successful season? What about the Penguins? Can Sidney Crosby make some noise in the twilight of his career?

Your hosts also discuss Pride Nights and some of the controversy surrounding players who choose not to participate in their teams' initiatives. While it is important to note that the NHL is taking the lead on this, there's still a long way to go.

For highly personal questions, Megan asks which conspiracy theory everyone low-key believes in. Somehow the answers are simultaneously surprising and not surprising.
Also, send us any fun Oilers-related rumours. We'd love to know what you've heard.

Apr 02, 202301:54:23
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 37: Post-Orgy Edition

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 37: Post-Orgy Edition

Join Steven Darnell, Megan Fowler and (a very late) Avry Lewis-McDougall for a discussion of offside reviews, how Mattias Ekholm is Ken Holland's Adam Larsson, whether or not the Oilers can win a Stanley Cup with Skinner and Campbell, who will and won't make the playoffs in the West, why James Reimer is wrong, and which movies should be recast with Muppets.

Mar 19, 202301:16:37
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 36: Trades and Armchair GMs and Jack Campbell, Oh My!

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 36: Trades and Armchair GMs and Jack Campbell, Oh My!

Join your favourite podcasters (Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler) for a lengthy conversation about this year's trade deadline. We don't touch on everything that happened, but since this was a lot more active than many recent deadlines there were some things to talk about. If you stick around to the end, you'll learn what old man habits Steven has adopted (they shouldn't be surprising), and what cave paintings your hosts would leave if they could travel back to the Stone Age. 

Mar 05, 202301:39:04
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 35: Soup vs Stew

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 35: Soup vs Stew

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they discuss Jack Campbell's play this season, talk about what's been ailing the Oilers over the last 10 games, talk about whether or not Erik Karlsson is a good fit for this roster over the long term, take a look at interesting developments around the league, and decide which celebrity would make the best parenting partner. 

Feb 20, 202301:32:25
Hockey This Fortnight Epidose 34: Them's Fighting Words

Hockey This Fortnight Epidose 34: Them's Fighting Words

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they discuss the Oilers' recent success, what they need to get over the hump, the feel-good stories of Vincent Desharnais and Matt Berlin, whether or not players should be penalized for saying questionable things on the ice, and whether or not anyone has the ability to get angry enough to punch someone. 

Jan 29, 202301:36:02
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 33: The Coaching Conundrum?

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 33: The Coaching Conundrum?

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they come back after a month away (whoops....) and talk about the Oilers recent successes and failures. Is it a coaching problem? Do they miss Kane more than they know? Why isn't the bottom 6 better? What is the solution to the problem? Apparently, only The Shadow knows. 

Jan 07, 202301:04:21
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 32: The Jesse Puljujarvi Conundrum

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 32: The Jesse Puljujarvi Conundrum

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they delve into the Oilers current situation, discuss the goaltending 'controversy', try to figure out what to do with Jesse Puljujarvi, and decide what they'd do as GM. The second half of the show is a deeper discussion about the Oilers current woes and whether or not they are built well enough to win now, plus a further discussion about sweet Jesse. Also, thanks to the many of you who retweeted our last post, Steven will be crushing many watermelons between his thighs. Once we know the details, we'll pass them on to you. 

Dec 11, 202201:41:41
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 31: Is This A Simulation Or What?

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 31: Is This A Simulation Or What?

Join Steven Darnell (who hasn't actually introduced himself in WEEKS), Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they do a deep-ish dive into the Oilers current issues, despite the comeback win against the Rangers. Is Philip Broberg the answer? Maybe Ken Holland will make a trade? Maybe a coaching change is in the works? None of those things are off the table. Also, at about the one hour mark, we delve into the simulation question; we'll leave it to you to decide who thinks it's a simulation and who doesn't. Plus, Avry makes a joke about Herschel Walker that lands really well, somehow.

It's a mixed bag this time around, maybe on account of the extra week.  

Nov 27, 202201:24:03
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 30: Getting Goalied By Your Own Guy

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 30: Getting Goalied By Your Own Guy

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler for a look at the Oilers first 13 games, a discussion about goaltending, how to make the defence better, what (if anything) to to do about coaching, a look at some non-Oilers stuff and a bit of a deep dive into the latest nonsense with the Bruins. Also, one of them exposes themselves as a "9 inch person", so that's fun. 

Nov 06, 202201:31:19
Episode 29: Early Season Reflections

Episode 29: Early Season Reflections

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they dissect the Oilers first 5 games, talk about some surprises (and disappointments) from around the league, and are then stunned into silence at Avry's deeply personal question. 

Oct 23, 202201:07:57
Episode 28: Waivers, Morality and Nala Eyes

Episode 28: Waivers, Morality and Nala Eyes

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler for a deep-ish dive into the end of Oilers training camp, some very significant off-ice news in the hockey world, and a rather involved discussion of Nala from the Lion King (it's about exactly what you think it's about). 

Oct 10, 202201:32:17
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 27: Off-Season Reflections, and Some News

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 27: Off-Season Reflections, and Some News

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they discuss some big changes around the Oilers Rig (we're The Oil Rig now), as well as a pretty deep dive into some of the Oilers off-season moves. Stick around to the end to hear what laws we'd each enact if we were in charge of a country. 

Sep 25, 202201:16:22
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 26: Free Agency

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 26: Free Agency

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler for some free agency chat, and a pretty long discussion about Hockey Canada and its current legal troubles. 

Jul 24, 202201:21:48
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 25: OFFSZN VIBES

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 25: OFFSZN VIBES

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler for a brief recap of the Stanley Cup Final, an in-depth discussion of the Oilers offseason needs, what might be the last time they talk about Jesse Puljujarvi on this show (if the rumours are to be believed), and see if they can solve the Oilers goaltending conundrum.

Come for the hockey talk, stay for the highly personal questions at the end. 

Jul 05, 202201:10:30
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 24: OFFSEASON?! In this economy?

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 24: OFFSEASON?! In this economy?

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they discuss the Oilers Western Conference Final loss to the Colorado Avalanche, try to figure out what the top offseason priority should be for the club, sing the praises of Cale Makar, talk a little about the NHL Awards and why they matter (even if it feels like they don't), agree on a talent they would all like to have, and decide once and for all which current (and possibly soon-to-be-former) Oilers Steven most closely resembles. 

Jun 11, 202201:14:59
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 23: Round 3 Preview

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 23: Round 3 Preview

Join Avry Lewis-McDougall, Steven Darnell and Megan Fowler as they break down the Oilers second round victory over the Flames and discuss the upcoming Western Conference Final against the Colorado Avalanche. 

May 29, 202201:10:12
Hockey This Fortnight Episode 22: Game 7 TONIGHT

Hockey This Fortnight Episode 22: Game 7 TONIGHT

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they break down the Oilers first round so far, and make some predictions about the outcome of tonight's Game 7.

(There's some weird audio because Avry was recording from INSIDE the practice rink, and had to move, so...sorry?)

May 14, 202248:60
Hockey This Fortnight #21: Playoff Predictions

Hockey This Fortnight #21: Playoff Predictions

Join Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they wrap-up the Oilers regular season, discuss the length of Jay Woodcroft's inevitable contract extension, make some first round Stanley Cup Playoff predictions, and talk a little bit about how playoff broadcasts work, in case you didn't know. 

Steven Darnell was, regrettably, flying back from Europe when we recorded but he will be back on the show after Round 1.

May 01, 202201:21:08
Hockey This Fortnight #20: Post-Deadline Philosophy

Hockey This Fortnight #20: Post-Deadline Philosophy

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they work through some tough questions about the Oilers off-season priorities, whether or not skill players should expect to get punched in the face for being too good, and why the fight between old-time hockey culture and modern hockey culture is mostly pointless. 

Apr 02, 202201:27:03
Hockey This Fortnight #19: Pre-Deadline Tradezzzz

Hockey This Fortnight #19: Pre-Deadline Tradezzzz

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they talk about the Oilers recent success, examine the trades that have already taken place, talk about Megan's favourite short king Cole Caufield, and figure out how to ruin a family brunch with one question.

Mar 20, 202201:39:27
Hockey This Fortnight #18: How Do We Solve A Problem Like Mike Smith?

Hockey This Fortnight #18: How Do We Solve A Problem Like Mike Smith?

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler for a journey through the Oilers (most) recent woes, questions about how much difference coaching changes make, what to do about the goaltending, why Cole Caufield should be protected at all costs, and why Avry's penchant for eating well done steak isn't as bad as the internet thinks. 

Mar 06, 202201:34:40
Rig Radio 2.0 Episode 17: Hockey This Fortnight

Rig Radio 2.0 Episode 17: Hockey This Fortnight

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler for a biweekly look at the Oilers, including the BIG! NEWS! about the coaching change, the Olympic hockey tournament, and a couple questions that will absolutely change the way you think about our hosts. 

Feb 24, 202201:18:28
Rig Radio v2.0 Episode 16: On Special Teams and Shapeshifting

Rig Radio v2.0 Episode 16: On Special Teams and Shapeshifting

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler for their bi-weekly group therapy session. In this one, they talk about the Oilers recent string of wins, whether or not Devin Shore is a real NHLer, which hockey player they would brain swap with to make the player better, and what they would do if they only had 24 hours left to live.

Feb 05, 202201:16:26
Rig Radio 2.0 Episode 15: These Hands Are Ready to Eat

Rig Radio 2.0 Episode 15: These Hands Are Ready to Eat

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they analyze the Oilers latest woes, discuss the brouhaha that erupted between Jim Matheson and Leon Draisaitl, talk about other (better) teams in the league, and get really introspective about things they don't like about themselves.

(We had a couple audio blips. Sorry.)

Jan 22, 202201:29:45
Rig Radio 2.0 Episode 14: Just The Tipp?

Rig Radio 2.0 Episode 14: Just The Tipp?

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they talk about the Oilers most recent slump, whether or not a coaching change will fix things, what to do about the goaltending, why Jacob Chychrun is (probably) a good fit, which NHLers would make the most interesting sitcom characters, and why Zoe Kravitz would be an entertaining dinner party guest. 

Jan 08, 202201:19:38
Episode 13: The Last Episode Ever (of 2021)

Episode 13: The Last Episode Ever (of 2021)

Come for the hockey talk, stay for the interruptions (a UPS guy, a bowl falling on the ground, and someone's computer dying in the middle of it all). 

Dec 18, 202101:00:08
Rig Radio Episode 12: Who's On The Top Pair Now?

Rig Radio Episode 12: Who's On The Top Pair Now?

Join host Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they discuss the Oilers recent success despite a rash of injuries, which NHL teams are doing far better (or worse) than preseason models suggested, who might win the Hart trophy, what jobs they believe they could do with no training or qualifications, which movie they'd love to watch again for the first time, and what historical contexts are a little mind-blowing. 

Dec 04, 202101:23:18
Rig Radio Episode 11: The Injuries Are Piling Up

Rig Radio Episode 11: The Injuries Are Piling Up

Join host Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they discuss the Oilers 12-4 start, how injuries to Darnell Nurse, Slater Koekkoek and Mike Smith might affect the team in the next little while, whether or not the Ducks are for real, if PK Subban is intentionally slewfooting other players, and which celebrities they would hunt, cook and eat if necessary. 

Nov 20, 202101:18:37
Rig Radio Episode 10: Is This Team For Real?

Rig Radio Episode 10: Is This Team For Real?

Join Steven Darnell, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Megan Fowler as they dissect the Oilers 9-1 start, discuss whether or not Jack Eichel landed in the right spot, and try to unpack some of the other happenings around the NHL so far this season. 

Nov 07, 202101:37:51
Rig Radio Episode 9: Preseason Predictions

Rig Radio Episode 9: Preseason Predictions

Join Megan Fowler, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Steven Darnell as they discuss the point of the preseason, whether or not Jack Eichel is being taken advantage of, why Robin Lehner is an important hockey voice to listen to right now, what the Oilers 21-22 season will look like, and which NHLer would be the best contestant on Dancing With The Stars. 

Oct 11, 202101:49:11
Rig Radio Episode 8: The Flattest Circle

Rig Radio Episode 8: The Flattest Circle

Join Alex Thomas, Avry Lewis-McDougall, Steven Darnell and Megan Fowler as they dissect some of the biggest moves (both trades and free agent signings) since the Entry Draft. Stay tuned to the end for a special announcement from Alex. 

Aug 02, 202101:59:21
Rig Radio Episode 7: Post-Draft Blues

Rig Radio Episode 7: Post-Draft Blues

Join Megan Fowler, Avry Lewis-McDougall, Steven Darnell and special guest Librarian Mike for a breakdown of the expansion and entry drafts, as well as a discussion about why Edmonton isn't necessarily an unattractive destination anymore and whether or not there's ever been a Plan B. 

Jul 27, 202102:05:03
Episode 6: Kenny, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Episode 6: Kenny, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Join Megan Fowler, Alex Thomas, Avry Lewis-McDougall and non-guest Steven Darnell as they dissect the Duncan Keith trade, figure out what the lost opportunity cost is, wonder about the thought process behind the decision, and decide once and for all whether or not any of this matters. 

Jul 14, 202101:03:17
Episode 5.1 The Cup Runneth (FULL VERSION)

Episode 5.1 The Cup Runneth (FULL VERSION)

Join Megan Fowler, Alex Thomas, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Steven Darnell as they reflect on the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, discuss Tampa Bay's incredible roster construction, toss around the idea of Duncan Keith as an Oiler, and make some predictions about ESPN and TNT's TV coverage for the upcoming season. There's a tiny bit of draft talk and free agency discussion too.

Jul 09, 202101:48:34
Episode 5: The Cup Runneth

Episode 5: The Cup Runneth

Join Megan Fowler, Alex Thomas, Avry Lewis-McDougall and Steven Darnell as they reflect on the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, discuss Tampa Bay's incredible roster construction, toss around the idea of Duncan Keith as an Oiler, and make some predictions about ESPN and TNT's TV coverage for the upcoming season. There's a tiny bit of draft talk and free agency discussion too. 

Jul 09, 202154:59
Episode 4: Allez Montreal?

Episode 4: Allez Montreal?

Join Avry Lewis-McDougall, Megan Fowler and show regular Steven Darnell as they break down the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, make some predictions for the finals, delve into some NHL awards talk, and discuss the Oilers jerseys for 2021-22.

Jun 28, 202101:42:36
Episode 3: How Wrong We Were

Episode 3: How Wrong We Were

Join Alex Thomas, Avry Lewis-McDougall, Megan Fowler and special guest Steven Darnell as they break down the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (including a second sweep involving a Canadian team), ruminate on all their incorrect Round 2 picks, and start thinking about which current Bruin might look really good in an Oilers uniform. 

Jun 14, 202101:49:19
Rig Radio Episode 2: Reflections on a Sweep

Rig Radio Episode 2: Reflections on a Sweep

Join Alex Thomas, Avry Lewis-McDougall, Megan Fowler and special guest Steven [last name redacted] as they break down the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (including the series that has yet to be completed, discuss the reasons the NHL seems to hate its fans, and spend a fair bit of time examining the Oilers incredibly short playoff run this year. 

May 31, 202101:57:55