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Welcome to Oil Acumen. What follows is NHL and Edmonton Oilers information that goes beyond the newspaper.

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Saturday, 29 September 2012

09/29/12 Damage Control


Edmontonians breathed a sigh of relief when Daryl Katz issued a letter of apology about his recent visit to Seattle. The owner hasn't grown horns after all. Good on him.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

09/20/12 Risk and the Downtown Arena


The downtown arena debate is a contentious issue among Edmontonians. Opponents of the project often point to the risk for the city that is associated with this kind of spending. So what are the risks?

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

09/18/12 Oilers Versus: Chicago Blackhawks


Given the bleak news of the NHL lockout, Oilers Versus will bring some cheer to fans in Edmonton from an unlikely source: the Chicago Blackhawks.

Monday, 10 September 2012

09/10/12 NHL Lockout and the 2013 Draft


There will be many different consequences if the pending NHL lockout lasts for too long, and one of those will have to be how the draft order is selected. That's probably not a good thing for the Oilers.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

09/09/12 The Darkest Period: November 26 to January 21


From November 26th to January 21st of the 2011-12 season the Oilers played a block of games that defined their season. They had a record of 5-18-2. It was their worst stretch of the year, so what the heck happened?

Saturday, 8 September 2012

09/08/12 Oilers Versus: Colorado Avalanche


The Colorado Avalanche were the only team in the division to lose the season series to the Oilers in 2011-12. Things certainly have changed between these two rivals. How did the Oilers pull off their series win, and will it continue?

Thursday, 6 September 2012

09/06/12 Oilers Versus: Minnesota Wild


The Oilers had another tough year against the Wild in 2011-12, and things aren't going to get any easier with Suter, Parise and several young Minnesota prospects entering the fold. What went wrong, and how can it be corrected?