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Playoff Hockey Returns To Tulsa

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The BOK Center lights are still on, the boards are still up and soon the seats will be occupied for playoff hockey in Tulsa.  The Oilers are back in the post season for the first time in three years.  This organization has captured a new energy.

"At one point we were in ninth place, out of the playoffs, three games under 500 and from then on I talked to the guys and I said every game for us the rest of the year is going to be playoff hockey.  From there we preceded to go on a 10-1 and put ourselves in a good spot.  We finished up the seseasoneally really strong.  I think we won five of our last seven games and are basically playing some of the best hockey that we've played all season.

The Oilers have had an incredible turnaround this year.  They are 12-wins better this season than last.  It's the second biggest win differential in franchise history.  Coach Ramsay says the reason why is simple.

"Just had better hockey players."

The Oilers have 14 new skaters and only 7 guys on the roster were here last year's.  Their depth is a big reason for their resurgence.

"From top to bottom we have three lines that can put the puck in the net.  Pretty much ever guy in our line-up is able to score goals and as far as defensemen go we've got a lot guys back there that can make plays.   They tough and strong and can play good D in the D-zone.  Teams are having a tough time handling us because we're so strong from top to bottom."

The Zamboni has the ice looking amazing for the return of playoff hockey in Tulsa.  The Oilers face 2nd-seed Denver on Friday night.  The puck drops at 7:35.
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