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Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard makes a blocker save deflecting the puck into the corner during a game against Edmonton earlier this month. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images) 

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard makes a blocker save deflecting the puck into the corner during a game against Edmonton earlier this month. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images) 

Edmonton’s Taylor Hall gets caught on the top of the net after Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky makes a save in the second period of last Sunday’s Oilers-Blue Jackets game. (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Edmonton’s Taylor Hall gets caught on the top of the net after Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky makes a save in the second period of last Sunday’s Oilers-Blue Jackets game. (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Members of the Edmonton Oilers — Bill Ranford, Esa Tikkanen, Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky and Kevin Lowe — celebrate after defeating the Bruins for the 1988 Stanley Cup championship. (David E. Klutho/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky 

Members of the Edmonton Oilers — Bill Ranford, Esa Tikkanen, Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky and Kevin Lowe — celebrate after defeating the Bruins for the 1988 Stanley Cup championship. (David E. Klutho/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky 

Wayne Gretzky maneuvers around the net during Game 3 of the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals between the Oilers and Islanders. New York would go onto win the game 5-1 and sweep the series. (Paul J. Bereswill/SI)

GALLERY:  Classic Photos of Wayne Gretzky | Longest Stanley Cup Droughts

Wayne Gretzky maneuvers around the net during Game 3 of the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals between the Oilers and Islanders. New York would go onto win the game 5-1 and sweep the series. (Paul J. Bereswill/SI)
GALLERY:  Classic Photos of Wayne Gretzky | Longest Stanley Cup Droughts

Wayne Gretzky is all smiles as Bill Ranford, Esa Tikkanen, Mark Messier, and Kevin Lowe look on after Edmonton defeated Boston in five games to claim the 1988 Stanley Cup. This year’s Kings squad are one win away from a championship and could become the first No. 8 seed to win a Cup. They also have a chance to equal the 16-2 mark of the 1988 Oilers, the best mark since the NHL adopted the current format of four rounds of best-of-series. (David E. Klutho/SI)

FARBER: Making sense of the LA Kings
CAZENEUVE: Devils focus on Game 4
FARBER: Penner playing up to his size

Wayne Gretzky is all smiles as Bill Ranford, Esa Tikkanen, Mark Messier, and Kevin Lowe look on after Edmonton defeated Boston in five games to claim the 1988 Stanley Cup. This year’s Kings squad are one win away from a championship and could become the first No. 8 seed to win a Cup. They also have a chance to equal the 16-2 mark of the 1988 Oilers, the best mark since the NHL adopted the current format of four rounds of best-of-series. (David E. Klutho/SI)
FARBER: Making sense of the LA KingsCAZENEUVE: Devils focus on Game 4FARBER: Penner playing up to his size

Today is Wayne Gretzky’s 51st birthday. In this 1981 photo, Gretzky poses in his Edmonton home with sticks, helmet, equipment, and other products he endorses. (Paul Kennedy/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky
SI VAULT: Gretzky, 17, tearing up Edmonton (12.11.78)

Today is Wayne Gretzky’s 51st birthday. In this 1981 photo, Gretzky poses in his Edmonton home with sticks, helmet, equipment, and other products he endorses. (Paul Kennedy/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne GretzkySI VAULT: Gretzky, 17, tearing up Edmonton (12.11.78)

Mark Messier turns 51 today. The 15-time all-star won five Stanley Cups as a member of the Edmonton Oilers (including the 1988 championship pictured above) and one as a member of the New York Rangers. In all, Messier played 25 seasons and collected 694 goals and 1,886 points, second all-time to Wayne Gretzky (2,857). (David E. Klutho/SI)

SI VAULT: Messier, the No. 2 Oiler, is among top left wings (2.21.83)

Mark Messier turns 51 today. The 15-time all-star won five Stanley Cups as a member of the Edmonton Oilers (including the 1988 championship pictured above) and one as a member of the New York Rangers. In all, Messier played 25 seasons and collected 694 goals and 1,886 points, second all-time to Wayne Gretzky (2,857). (David E. Klutho/SI)
SI VAULT: Messier, the No. 2 Oiler, is among top left wings (2.21.83)

Oilers defenseman Chris Pronger comes to a stop during a 2006 playoff game against the Red Wings. The veteran, who is now captain of the Flyers, will miss the rest of the season and playoffs as a result of severe post-concussion syndrome. (John Biever/SI)

HACKEL: Big ice a possible but very unlikely solution
GALLERY: Notable NHL careers ended by concussions

Oilers defenseman Chris Pronger comes to a stop during a 2006 playoff game against the Red Wings. The veteran, who is now captain of the Flyers, will miss the rest of the season and playoffs as a result of severe post-concussion syndrome. (John Biever/SI)
HACKEL: Big ice a possible but very unlikely solutionGALLERY: Notable NHL careers ended by concussions

Wayne Gretzky, who won the 1982 Sportsman of the Year Award, fires a slapshot during a 1981 preseason game against Calgary. (Paul Kennedy/SI)

SI VAULT: Gretzky wins 1982 Sportsman of the Year Award (12.27.82)

Wayne Gretzky, who won the 1982 Sportsman of the Year Award, fires a slapshot during a 1981 preseason game against Calgary. (Paul Kennedy/SI)
SI VAULT: Gretzky wins 1982 Sportsman of the Year Award (12.27.82)

The Oilers and Jets line up for a play while arrayed between the pitcher’s mound and second base during a 1968 game at the Astrodome. (Neil Leifer/SI)


GALLERY: Classic NFL Photos 

The Oilers and Jets line up for a play while arrayed between the pitcher’s mound and second base during a 1968 game at the Astrodome. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Classic NFL Photos