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|Last season, Craig MacTavish and the Oilers finished ninth in the West, missing a playoff spot by three points.|
"I've been around a lot of young guys over the years and this group is just not going to be denied. I just don't get the sense that there's going to be any drop-off virtually in any one of them." For you hockey poolies out there, MacTavish also tipped me off on his possible line combinations, although, as we all know, those can change in a hurry in the modern-day NHL. For now, MacTavish sees Cole on the first line with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. Cogliano, Gagner and Robert Nilsson were a hit last season, so MacTavish will probably leave the kids together to start the season. A solid third line right now would see Fernando Pisani, Dustin Penner and captain Ethan Moreau. I'm telling you right now folks, the Oilers are back in the playoffs this season.