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WHL Roundup: Sunday, March 24, 2019

Global News Edmonton - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 20:59
Quinn Benjafield scored the go-ahead go with less than three minutes left in the third period, and the Edmonton Oil Kings held on to defeat the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3 on Sunday to even their first-round Western Hockey League playoff series at a game apiece.
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Alberta election Day 6: Notley rallies troops, Alberta Party pledges digital health cards

Global News Edmonton - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 19:04
Sun, Mar 24 – On Day 6 of the Alberta election campaign, Rachel Notley held a large rally in Edmonton, the Alberta Party came out with a promise to replace the province’s archaic paper health cards, the Liberals unveiled their immigration platform, and the UCP made a forestry announcement.
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Global News Hour at 6 Weekend: Mar 24

Global News Edmonton - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 18:47
The Sunday, March 24, 2019 edition of the Global News Hour at 6. Hosted by Quinn Ohler.
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Weather: Mar 24

Global News Edmonton - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 18:44
Global Edmonton’s weather forecast for Sun, Mar 24.
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1 man killed, 2 other people injured in shooting at Whyte Avenue bar

Global News Edmonton - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 18:34
Sun, Mar 24 – Edmonton homicide detectives are investigating afrter one man was killed and two other people injured in a shooting at a hookah bar near Whyte Ave. Julia Wong reports live from the scene, where police believe the suspect fired several rounds through the windows of Xhale Lounge.
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UCP leader says ‘real tension’ lies behind Albertans’ support for secession

Global News Edmonton - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 17:17
The party states in a news release that a recent poll found "a shocking 50 per cent of Albertans surveyed said they support secession from Canada."
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Record number of Alberta opioid deaths in 2018 taking its toll on Calgary firefighters​

Global News Edmonton - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 15:36
The latest numbers from Alberta Health show that more people died last year from opioid overdoses than the previous year.
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1 man killed, 2 other people injured in shooting at Whyte Avenue bar

Global News Edmonton - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 12:31
A man was killed and two other people injured when a suspect shot a gun through the front windows of a bar off Whyte Avenue early Sunday morning, prompting a homicide investigation.
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Edmonton’s NAIT hosts first official eSports tournament

Global News Edmonton - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 12:12
"Some of them are in business, some of them are in hospitality, and they just come because they have the same passion for video games."
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‘I just stomped out SOS’: Alberta hiker saved by B.C. remote satellite camera technology

Global News Edmonton - Sun, 03/24/2019 - 11:49
Hunkered down in the backcountry west of Rocky Mountain House, Adam Nichols eventually spotted an Alberta forestry camera near a trail. He decided to make tracks in the snow – in the hopes technology would transmit his message.
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TAIT: Perry Mah’s final picture

Edmonton Sun - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 22:45

Paul Hotke paused for a moment early Saturday afternoon in the south parking lot of Connelly-McKinley funeral home to think

“Gee, I don’t know how to feel about that,” said Hotke, who attended the funeral for Perry Mah with 400 others.

Mah, who was a Postmedia photographer for 28 years, died March 12.

As Hotke found out from friend Bert Crowfoot, he was in the last photgraph Mah took.

“Bert went through Perry’s camera after he passed away,” said Hottke. “Bert said I was in it.”

“I’ve known Perry 15 years,” said Hotke, one of a ringette team’s coaches. “We were looking for a photographer and we were put in touch with Perry.”

It was the first frame of a deep, rich friendship.

Mah took all the team’s pictures, including their annual fundraiser, Ringette Scores for Cancer, at West Edmonton Mall.

He also went to the team’s year-end banquet in the spring.

“I tried to pay Perry for his time but he would never take it,” Holke said. “I had $250 in my hand and gave it to him one day.

“There was no way he would take it. He gave it back to me. I took him out for dinner one night, but that was the only thing he would accept from us.”

Mah went to the final ringette practice the team had Feb. 26 at Alexandra Arena in Leduc.

“Perry was always so good with the players,” said Hottke.

“After he took the team picture, Perry asked every player if there were anyone they wanted to have pictures with.”

When this year’s final practice was just winding down, just before 10:30 p.m., Mah was putting his camera equipment away and getting ready to leave.

“Alison Flamin is one of our players who is graduating this year and was skating around the ice and came over to me,” said Hotke.

“Perry got his stuff out of his bag and says a few things, like he always does, to make people relax and smile. Then, Perry took our picture and everyone said goodnight.”

The Mah resume is more than impressive. It includes pictures of the hot afternoon in 1988 when Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings … Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Edmonton elementary school in 1998 … the poignant picture of four green helmets and rifles at a memorial service in April 2002 for Edmonton-based soldiers during a training exercise … a picture of figure skater Kurt Browning leaning on a City of Champions sign in the fall of 1999 … a shot of the Oilers legend team picture in Commonwealth Stadium in 2003, and so many more.

They all tell wonderful stories and reflects how Mah saw the personal side of every picture he took.

His last shot was with Hotke and Flamin.

Finding words to describe it may be impossible.

But, to be in Perry Mah’s final picture has one profound sound.

Click.

Photographer Perry Mah’s final picture with Alison Flamin and Paul Hotke.

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Oil Kings open WHL playoffs with loss to Medicine Hat

Edmonton Sun - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 22:30

The Oil Kings couldn’t open the 2019 WHL playoffs the same way they closed out the regular season, with another win.

A 2-1 loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers at Rogers Place on Saturday spelled an end to the 11-win streak the Oil Kings finished off league play with to hit the post-season as the top team in the Central Division for the fourth time in modern franchise history.

The Tigers, who finished fourth in the division, earned their first regulation win over the Oil Kings all year, thanks to a brilliant performance in net by six-foot-seven Danish import Mads Sogaard. who stopped 49 of 50 shots in the win, including more than his fair share of the point-blank variety.

At the other end of the ice, Dylan Myskiw, who started all six games against the Tigers over the regular season on his way to a dominating 1.79 goals-against average and .940 save percentage, stopped 25 of 27 shots Saturday.

The Oil Kings’ lone goal, fittingly enough, came off the stick of former Tigers player Josh Williams, who shovelled one in at the edge of the crease with two minutes remaining, but they weren’t able to follow up on an ensuing power play after Medicine Hat cleared the puck over the glass on a faceoff in their end.

“Mads played a hell of a game, but I think they executed their game plan,” Williams said. “The chances we gave them, they executed on. They played a good game but we’ll be ready tomorrow.

“That’s why it’s a seven-game series, you get a chance the next day and it’s a long series, not just one game.”

The series resumes Sunday (6 p.m., TSN 1260) at Rogers Place, before switching to Medicine Hat on Tuesday.

SHORT-SIGHTED

Medicine Hat didn’t get their first shot of the game until seven minutes in, while Edmonton already had eight chances on Sogaard, who had to make a pair of incredible saves to keep the first period scoreless.

While Edmonton took a 13-9 shot advantage into the second, Medicine Hat caught the Oil Kings on their heels, scoring a shorthanded goal to take the first lead of the game 4:18 in.

Team-leading scorer James Hamblin, who had three of Medicine Hat’s eight shorties over the regular season, struck again on a two-on-two with teammate Tyler Presziuso, criss-crossing passes dot to dot before depositing the puck behind Myskiw.

The Tigers followed up nine minutes later, when a turnover in the neutral zone led to a three-on-two.

Hayden Ostir scored on a screen to beat Myskiw low, stick side, despite Edmonton leading 31-19 on shots at that point.

Myskiw made the save of the game to open the final frame, with Hamblin causing a turnover at Edmonton’s blue-line, passing to Corson Hopwo for what looked to be a sure-fire goal, before stoning Ostir on a breakaway with 15 minutes left.

SEASON SERIES

While it was a source of no small amount of confidence coming into the playoffs, the Oil Kings weren’t putting too much faith in the fact they hadn’t lost in regulation to the Tigers over the regular season, posting a record of 5-0-0-1 to take 11 of a possible 12 points in the head-to-head series.

At the same time, four of those games were decided by a single point and another by just two goals, as Medicine Hat went 1-3-2-0 against Edmonton.

“I don’t think we were thinking this was going to be a four-game series by any means” Oil Kings head coach Brad Lauer. “The series we had all year was a tough one, a lot of one-goal games, overtime games.

“We expected a tight game right from the get go, so we have 24 hours to bounce back.”

As for playoff history, the two clubs have met twice before in modern franchise history, with the Oil Kings skating to a 4-0 sweep over Medicine Hat in the 2012-13 Eastern Conference semifinal, and then a 4-1 series win in the conference final the following year on the way to Edmonton’s Memorial Cup title run.

BACK IN BLACK

Former Oil Kings forward Brett Kemp was back in Rogers Place to open the playoffs against his former club, who traded him for Williams two-thirds of the way through the season.

Kemp, who had 22 goals and 17 assists in 39 games with the Oil Kings, followed up with 11 goals and 10 assists in Medicine Hat for a career-high 60 points on the season.

Just in case he wasn’t feeling missed, Kemp got dumped in the corner of Edmonton’s end by former teammate Matthew Robertson eight minutes in, after having gotten away with some uncalled interference against Oil Kings forward Andrew Fyten earlier in the period.

BAD BREAK

Tigers defenceman Trevor Longo unleashed a slap shot from the point on a power-play as the final minute of the first period was being announced, only to have his stick snap clean in half and, on the follow through, the blade fly right into the Medicine Hat bench.

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Edmonton Oilers kicking themselves over losses to cellar dwellers

Edmonton Sun - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 22:25

It was right there for them.

As tumultuous as this season has been and as far fetched as making the playoffs seemed in a year where the head coach and general manager both got fired and the team had been dead and buried five times over — they could have been right there, knocking on the door with their fate in their own hands.

That’s what’s going to haunt the Edmonton Oilers all summer.

If they battled to the wire and lost to a better team in the last game of the season, they could accept that. But letting it get away from them for good because they couldn’t get it done at home against the hapless New Jersey Devils and a stripped down tire fire from Ottawa, an organization even more troubled than the Oilers are, that’s tough to take.

“With everything that happened this year, we still had a chance,” said winger Alex Chiasson, after a shocking, but, then again, not so shocking 4-3 overtime home ice loss to the Senators.

“We just had to find a way to get the points when they were there.”

At a time when every point was life or death, the Oilers were giving them away like they were drunken cats with eight more lives to spare.

“We can look back at a lot of games,” said Chiasson. “A couple come to mind right after the break: the Philly game, the Montreal game (where they blew third period leads and lost in overtime). The New Jersey game. Tonight is an extra point. We’re at five now. We’re right there.”

They could be two points out with seven to play, instead of bleeding out.

“The more points you give up, the more fate you take out of your own hands,” said defenceman Darnell Nurse, adding there is never any excuse for assuming it’s going to be an easy night because the standings say so.

“This is the NHL, you have to show up every night. Every team is capable of beating you. You can go team by team, but the reality of our situation is that we needed as many points as possible no matter who we played.”

New Jersey had just eight road wins in 35 games when they came to Edmonton and spanked the Oilers 6-3. After that one, the Oilers admitted they took the Taylor Hall-less Devils for granted and got burned.

Surely they wouldn’t make the same mistake against the Senators 10 days later. Not when their playoff hopes were hanging from the edge of a cliff by a daisy like Wily E. Coyote.

Not to a team with nine road wins in 38 games.

But by the end of the first period they had given up two power play goals and by the middle of the second period they were being out-shot by an almost 2-1 margin.

And when it was over, they were once again struggling to understand why it happened.

“That point would have been a big one for us,” said Leon Draisaitl, who had an assist to increase his season total to 95 points. “We couldn’t get ahold of the game. We couldn’t really get in full control. They played a pretty solid game over there.

“We couldn’t get too much momentum going. Against a team like that that has nothing to lose, they’re going to just go out there and play. So it was for sure a lost point for us.”

It was also inexcusable.

“We played a team at the bottom of the standings that traded away four or five of their best players and they go out and out-work us,” said Chiasson. “In our position, that’s not good enough.

“A team that played back to back Wednesday-Thursday, coming into our building… this has to be a hard place to play. As the game went on we were much better, but the first 10 minutes we have to do a better job of dictating our pace, our tempo and our physicality. We weren’t able to do that.”

And now, here they sit, seven points out with seven games to go. Done. A charge that could have easily been 11-4-2 and counting felled by a couple of cellar dwellers.

And how many nights during that 5-17-2 stretch from mid-December to mid-February would they like back?

“In this league you can’t say that we’re going to turn it on in the last six to eight weeks,” said Chiasson. “November and December are just as important. I was there when Andrew Hammond was in net (in Ottawa in 2015) and we won 21 of 22 to make the playoffs, but that happens once every 10 years and there’s 31 teams.

“You can’t rely on the last two months.”

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Oilers lose in overtime to last-place Ottawa Senators

Edmonton Sun - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 19:47

This was one of those games, No. 1,153 on the NHL schedule, where both teams stood for the national anthem, looked at one another as Robert Clark finished up and said in unison; “Hey, we should be able to beat these guys.”

Even if the last-place Ottawa Senators, who gutted their team trading Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel leaving them with a whole lot of Rudolf Balcers, Oscar Lindbergs and Brian Gibbons, with the best draft lottery odds, they knew that the against Edmonton Oilers blew a home game to New Jersey 10 days ago in what should have been Guaranteed Win Night.

So, of course, even though Ottawa had won three of their previous 16 games and their goalie Craig Anderson hadn’t won in three months, they sent the Oilers fans quietly into the late afternoon Saturday with a 4-3 OT win. Brady Tkachuk, who doesn’t have his older brother Matthew Tkachuk’s greasiness but plays like a young Shane Doan with the big body and nice hands, squeezed a 15-footer off Mikko Koskinen and over the line for his second of the night.

So, the Oilers throw away a point to the worst team in the league.

At home.

Just as they tossed away two to the Devils at Rogers Place.

“A week or two ago against New Jersey, same type of team if you look at the standings, and while we played a bit better today than then, in the first period today it felt like we don’t respect our opponent. They had just played back-to-back Wednesday, Thursday,” said Alex Chiasson, who got one of the Oiler goals along with Connor McDavid and Colby Cave.

“Against Columbus those guys are fighting for their lives, trying to make playoffs and even if it’s not the prettiest game, we play tight and don’t give them anything. Today we play a team at the bottom of the standings, who traded away four or five or their best players and they out-work us. End of the day, in our position, not good enough.”

“Now we have to count on other people like Chicago,” said Oilers’ coach Ken Hitchcock, who figured if his team was able to keep winning home games (LA, Dallas and Anaheim next up), their road game later this month in Denver against Avalanche (second-wild card, 80 points) could be the game that decided their playoff hopes.

So, now Oilers have 74 points, while Colorado has the second wildcard with Arizona and Minnesota at 79 after the Senators showed more speed and won. That’s another season-long problem for Oilers, they have gobs of trouble against quicker teams, even with some no-name or journeymen  guys, no matter whether a Cup contender or pretender.

Ottawa Senators’ Bobby Ryan, centre, is high-sticked by Edmonton Oilers’ Darnell Nurse, left, as goalie Mikko Koskinen follows the play during first period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Jeff McIntosh  / CP

Nothing to this game

McDavid ripped a shot past Anderson in the second off a Leon Draisaitl feed for his 38th goal. He’s only had nine of his 71 games when he didn’t get a point. They were the most dangerous Oilers — McDavid played 23:54 minutes, 21 seconds more than Draisaitl — but Hitchcock actually felt both looked tuckered out. They couldn’t summon their usual heroics in the 3-on-3 overtime

“Anytime they go on the ice, yeah, I expect to win,” said Hitchcock. “They looked a bit tired today, we’ve been leaning on them hard and that’s on me and we’ll find a way to give them a rest and get them re-energized for Tuesday (Kings).”

Flashback in time

Chiasson only had 19 goals over two years in Ottawa but his 21st this year against his former club was a goal-scorer’s snipe. Sprung with a perfect 60-foot pass from Darnell Nurse, he lifted a back-hand past Anderson. “He said ‘OK, I gave you one,” laughed Chiasson of his old teammate. He got a major for fighting six-foot-six Ben Harpur later in the first, but missed out on the Gordie Howe HT (no assist). “I was mad at the time but I’ll turn the page. It was a battle play in the corner, I thought he slashed me, I pushed him back and then he had his gloves off which I wasn’t ready for. He hit me pretty square right under the nose,” said Chiasson.

Brady’s a player

Hitchcock saw Brady, who has 19 goals as an NHL rookie, and his brother Matthew as kids in St. Louis and says they’ve both come a long way.

“Matthew does more in zone and he has great body positioning and Brady has quickness in small spaces,” said Hitchcock. “I’ve been watching their kid’s games since first year mite and I didn’t see the quickness that Brady’s got.”

Tkachuk is only 19 and has 39 points.

Clearing his throat

Ex Oilers defenceman Jason Strudwick worked colour with play-by-play man Gord Miller on TSN’s Ottawa feed to the Ontario region only—his first NHL game. Strudwick works with Jason Gregor on his afternoon radio show.

Ottawa Senators Brady Tkachuk celebrates his first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers during NHL game action in Edmonton on Saturday March 23, 2019.

What could have been

Princeton captain Max Veronneau opted to sign with his hometown Senators, leaving the Oilers at the altar. They went hard for the speedy right-winger, who has two points in four games and played with Tkachuk and Jean-Gabriel Pageau. The Oilers were also interested in Taro Hirose (Michigan State), who signed with the Wings and Ryan Kuffner (Princeton linemate of Vernonneau) but they felt Veronneau, 23, was the best fit. He played 14 minutes with three shots Saturday.

This ’n’ that: Sens’ defenceman Thomas Chabot, who set up Ryan’s goal with a perfect feed into the blue-paint, played 28 minutes. He was available to Oilers in the 2015 draft but they had traded their 15th overall pick for Griffin Reinhart. Chabot has 50 points…The Senators match-up was Andrej Sekera’s 700th NHL game … Joe Gambardella made a nice play to set up Cave, beating Dylan DeMelo behind the net to get it to Cave. He has two NHL points now, but assists. He also played 9:54, most of any of his nine NHL games…Oilers gave up two more PK goals and they’ve now given up more (58) than anybody else in the NHL..Draisaitl’s dad, Peter, had fun talking about his boy’s game in Cologne, Germany in early October, is visiting for several week. Peter had his DEL club in fifth spot but was surprisingly fired around the NHL all-star break … Chris Kelly, who was here for several months early last season as a tryout player, returned to Ottawa to work in player development but is now an assistant coach with Senators.

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Latest Oil Spills podcast: Bright spots among fading Oilers playoff hopes

In this episode, host Craig Ellingson and hockey beat writer Derek Van Diest focus on the ever-slimmer playoff hopes of the Edmonton Oilers.

They’re pretty much hopeless, practically, but because the NHL’s Western Conference has a lot of mediocre teams this season — the Oilers among them — Edmonton still has hope this late in the campaign. At the same point last year, the Oilers were well back of the playoff pack and out of the race.

Also:

  • Connor Mcdavid and his Hart Trophy odds — like last year, the Oilers are out of the playoff picture, so chances are he’ll miss out on the most-valuable-to-his-team award.
  • The Cinderella story that is the Arizona Coyotes, the relatively no-name team has decent odds of staying in and winning a wild-card playoff spot and if there are any lessons in that team for the Oilers.

Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Google Play or Soundcloud. You can also listen via the player below.

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JONES: Hitchcock wants to return as Oilers head coach

Edmonton Sun - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 18:39

With the countdown to the final game of the Edmonton Oilers season down to single digits, you have to wonder if it’s the final countdown for Ken Hitchcock.

Or, six points back of a playoff position with seven games to go, will the next general manager of the Oilers, whenever hired, want Hitchcock to return for another season with, one would hope, a roster with a better shot at enjoying success.

Hitchcock, most hockey people can see, has been coaching his ass off with the half a hockey team he has here.

I think Edmonton has totally enjoyed the opportunity to see Hitch at work trying to get as much as he could possibly get out of this failing and flailing team.

Despite being written off repeatedly, such as I’m sure will be the case again with the 4-3 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators, 31st overall, Saturday afternoon at Rogers Place, Hitchcock and his leadership group have managed to get them returning to the rink to work and keep trying to manufacture the miracle.

Saturday was certainly another blow.

Not defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday in the only game this season the Oilers didn’t take a penalty, Edmonton took two in the first period and were down 2-1 at the end of the initial stanza.

But the Oilers were the best team five-on-five and batted back to get a shot for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl to put on their super hero suits in the three-on-three.

This time, they left the rink with a loser point that didn’t do anything for them with the Colorado Avalanche winning and the Phoenix Coyotes getting a loser point of their own.

I’m one of the media people who stuck a fork in them a long time ago. So I wasn’t going there in Hitchcock’s post-game press gathering.

Instead, I decided it was as good a time as any to ask him about the future.

In one way, it seemed strange to be asking the question. We’d thought that he’d coached his last game at this time last year in Dallas. The Edmonton native and third-winningest head coach in all of NHL history appeared have closed the book on his remarkable career.

The firing of Todd McLellan by Peter Chiarelli and the offer to come out of retirement to reboot his career one last time in the place where it all started was too tempting to resist.

Now, you can tell, he wants to keep coaching.

“That’s hard for me to say. It’s somebody else’s ball game,” he said of the new head of hockey operations and general manager to be named well after the Oilers complete their regular season. “I can just tell you what I did this year, I wouldn’t change this for the world. This opportunity has been fantastic. And I’m so happy and lucky that I got this.”

Hitchcock, who has a 24-24-7 record as Oilers head coach, however it ends up, isn’t going to be depressed.

“First of all, this has been the best experience of my life. I mean that sincerely. To be able to coach in a market like this where it means so much has been just an unbelievable experience.

“I’ve spent my entire NHL coaching career in the U.S. To realize how much it means to everybody, I feel real lucky, to be honest with you, to have this chance to do this.

“It’s also my first time where people are not so much fans as analysts. That’s an environment in the NHL that I’ve never seen.”

It’s a challenge, he said, to be a coach of a team like this.

“You want it so bad for them and for the city that you have to be careful. You’re dealing with pressure way more than you are in the United States. I think having been coach for a long time that’s really helped me.”

So, for the record, does he want to return?

“For the record, the way that I feel, I can coach until I’m 99.”

That would be a yes.

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Latest Oil Spills podcast: Bright spots among fading Oilers playoff hopes

In this episode, host Craig Ellingson and hockey beat writer Derek Van Diest focus on the ever-slimmer playoff hopes of the Edmonton Oilers.

They’re pretty much hopeless, practically, but because the NHL’s Western Conference has a lot of mediocre teams this season — the Oilers among them — Edmonton still has hope this late in the campaign. At the same point last year, the Oilers were well back of the playoff pack and out of the race.

Also:

  • Connor Mcdavid and his Hart Trophy odds — like last year, the Oilers are out of the playoff picture, so chances are he’ll miss out on the most-valuable-to-his-team award.
  • The Cinderella story that is the Arizona Coyotes, the relatively no-name team has decent odds of staying in and winning a wild-card playoff spot and if there are any lessons in that team for the Oilers.

Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Google Play or Soundcloud. You can also listen via the player below.

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EDITORIAL: Negative campaign will backfire for NDP

Edmonton Sun - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 17:26

Rachel Notley and the NDP keep talking about how they intend to remain positive during the current provincial election campaign. Nice goal. But they don’t truly mean it.

It is clear at least half of the New Democrats’ campaign (and perhaps more) involves smearing Jason Kenney and the UCP and trying to make voters afraid a vote for the UCP is a vote to return to some unspecified Dark Age.

How is that positive?

On Thursday, provincial NDP party president Peggy Wright sent a message to supporters insisting, “we can choose the politics of love, hope, and optimism.” (Okay, “love” seems a bit of a flaky platform for a political party, but it’s non-offensive.)

The flipside for Wright, though, was the UCP, who she claimed represents “anger, division and fear.”

A week earlier, another NDP executive in another message to party faithful, said supporters could be NDP “superheroes” by standing up to the “hatred, fear and division” being peddled (in the NDP’s minds) by the United Conservatives.

How is that kind of name-calling positive?

The minute you start insisting your opponents are angry hate- and fear-mongers preaching the politics of division, you have descended into negativity.

Of course, our all-positive, all-the-time NDP campaigners have also launched not one, but three anti-Kenney websites that are full of nothing but slurs against the UCP leader’s character.

And this week, the NDP also premiered a 10-minute video of decades-old Kenney remarks about same-sex marriage (remarks Kenney has on many occasions insisted he no longer agrees with) followed by interviews with people from San Francisco (where Kenney made the remarks) urging Albertans not to vote UCP.

You might agree with the NDP that bringing up remarks from Kenney’s distant past is necessary, that voters need to know some of the socially conservative positions the former federal cabinet minister held when he was a university student. Fair enough.

But you cannot claim such personal attacks are positive.

For his part, Kenney thinks the “U.S.-style attack politics” being employed by the NDP, shows how desperate that party truly is. Kenney says the NDP is not running on fumes, rather “it has run out of fumes.”

We agree.

Occasionally, NDP Leader Rachel Notley or one of her candidates tries to insist Alberta’s economy is improving despite all the evidence to the contrary (like a rising unemployment rate, stagnant private-sector wages, slumping housing and vehicles sales and massive flight of investment capital to business-friendlier jurisdictions.)

This week, Notley even tried to convince voters – again – that “we are closer than ever to getting the [Trans Mountain] pipeline built.”

All the negative attacks by the NDP are likely to backfire on them as the campaign unfolds and voters see Kenney is not the demon the New Dems claim. When voters see the UCP leaders is capable and intelligent, NDP credibility will take a big hit.

Yet despite the risk, we suppose the NDP had to go negative early (and hard) because there is so little that is positive from their four years in office.

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Edmonton police investigating suspicious death after stabbing in Mill Woods

Global News Edmonton - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 13:52
Edmonton homicide detectives were called to investigate a suspicious death after a stabbing at a townhouse complex in Mill Woods on Friday night.
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Enbridge spent $11M lobbying Minnesota over Line 3 pipeline in 2018

Global News Edmonton - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 13:42
Minnesota Public Radio News reports that it marks the second consecutive year Enbridge has outspent all other lobbyists in the state.
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Near zero-visibility fog grounds flights at Edmonton airport Saturday morning

Global News Edmonton - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 11:02
Environment Canada said areas of dense fog with near-zero visibility will persist until around noon.
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Alberta election Day 5: Where the leaders are on Saturday

Global News Edmonton - Sat, 03/23/2019 - 10:26
After a busy first few days on the Alberta election campaign trail, most party leaders have a lighter schedule on Saturday.
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