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Oilers need better warmup act

Originally Published: August 11, 2004
By Tom Wheatley | Special to ESPN.com

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The Edmonton Oilers had become accustomed to being the dominant team in Alberta, both in the five-Cup glory years in the high-flying '80s, and more recently as a perennial playoff team while poor Calgary was on the outside looking in.

That changed last season. The Flames went to the Stanley Cup finals. The Oilers missed the postseason for the second time in three years -- or second time in eight years, if you prefer to stress the longer-range positive.

In fact, Edmonton ...

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