EDMONTON OILERS BLOGShttp://www.edmontonoilers.com/rssEDMONTON OILERS BLOGSNHL Enterprises, L.P. (c) 2015 NHL. All Rights Reserveden-usWed, 25 Nov 2015 06:48:15 ESTVideo and audio from practice at PNC Arenahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=43110edmontonoilers.com staffTue, 24 Nov 2015 16:16:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151117_practice2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4311043110BLOG: Defensive gains in D.C.http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=43117The Oilers were determined to have a better outing against the Capitals last night than they did a month ago in Edmonton. They did just that, limiting the Caps to just one goal when they scored seven in a 7-4 win on October 23. Unfortunately for the Oilers, they couldn’t score a goal themselves and were shutout by goaltender Braden Holtby’s 33 saves. The good news for Edmonton, is their game against Washington showed improvements on the defensive side of things. “I thought we played a great defensive game,” said goaltender Anders Nilsson, who made 29 saves. “The guys helped me out a lot. We had a great penalty kill last night. Washington has a great power play but we were able to shut them down there. They didn’t have that many grade-a scoring chances. Of course they had a few, because they have a lot of good players, but we didn’t see a lot of backdoor plays. The guys took away that. I think our defensive game last night was great and hopefully we can keep that up.” “I definitely think it’s getting better,” Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said of the team’s defensive game. “I think once we can do it consistently, then I think we’ll be a lot more successful. We show it for a lot of periods and a lot of games but it’s just about doing it consistently right from the get-go. That’s when we’ll start finding wins.” With a few younger blueliners, growth takes time. However, progress is visible. “I see them improving,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “Last night in Washington was a prime example. We couldn’t handle their skill level and their speed a month ago. Their movement, their motion in the o-zone, their power play. Specifically talking about our d-group, we did a real admirable job last night. “We’re not perfect, but nor is any team in the league I see growth in young players. I see old dogs learning new tricks, which is a good thing for some of our veteran players as well. I think guys understand the parameters of what’s acceptable and not acceptable now, where at the beginning of the year they were trying to figure us out. all of those are positives. With that being said, we haven’t won enough games so we have to take it a step further.”Chris WescottTue, 24 Nov 2015 14:32:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/498509034_crop1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4311743117BLOG: Schultz closing in on returnhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=43116Justin Schultz is close to returning from his back injury, but it won’t be tomorrow in North Carolina. The Oilers defenceman practiced fully with the team on Tuesday at PNC Arena but confirmed he wouldn’t be ready for game action right away. However, he is shooting for later in this road trip. The Oilers have stops in Detroit, Pittsburgh and Toronto this week. “Doing contact. Today was the first time I really did any of that and felt pretty good,” said Schultz. “As long as I feel good tomorrow and keep improving, I’ll be ready to go soon.” The Oilers are encouraged by the progress Schultz has made as he recovers from a bulging disc in his back. “Today was a bit more of a practice than a pre-game skate and that’s a good sign for him to be involved in that,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “I haven’t got a post-practice report on him but the fraction I saw, he looked OK. Is he ready to play tomorrow? No, but we’re still hoping on this trip we can activate him and get him involved. Part of it is going to be the confidence that he has in his own body to play and play hard and to execute the way he would any other game.”Chris WescottTue, 24 Nov 2015 14:30:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644schultjet.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4311643116BLOG: Tuesday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=43111The Oilers are on the ice for practice at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. Matt Hendricks and Oscar Klefbom are absent. Stay tuned for more updates.Chris WescottTue, 24 Nov 2015 12:03:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151124_practice1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4311143111Video and audio from Saturday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=43019edmontonoilers.com staffSat, 21 Nov 2015 16:40:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151012_prac6441.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4301943019BLOG: Oilers channel Eskimoshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=43051Showing their support, the Oilers donned new colours at practice today, replacing the familiar blue, orange and white jerseys for the Edmonton Eskimos green and gold. “They’re a huge part of the community here in Edmonton,” said Taylor Hall. “You feel, when they’re playing, the whole city is kind of focused on them. I lived in Calgary for a long time, went to a lot of Stampeders games but I’ll certainly be cheering for the Eskimos. I fell obliged as an Edmontonian now.” As the Battle of Alberta changes playing fields, the Edmonton Eskimos gear up to take on the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Final. “Any time you’re within the same community I think it’s nice to show the other team support, especially when they’re going into a game in the magnitude that it is,” said Mark Letestu. “The West Final hasn’t been here in a while so it’s a big game and we’re definitely behind them.” With a 14-4-0 record, the Eskimos snagged first place in the Western Division and are looking to move on to the Grey Cup Final in Winnipeg. “I always try to watch the Grey Cup, I think it’s something that’s kind of uniquely Canadian,” said Letestu. “To be able to celebrate who we are and where we’re from, regardless of the teams that are in it. The fact that the Eskimos are in it adds little more of a vested interest for the city and for myself.”Meg TilleySat, 21 Nov 2015 15:28:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151121_OilersEskimos.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4305143051BLOG: Saturday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=43037The Oilers have hit the ice for their Saturday practice at Rexall Place. Luke Gazdic, who is on IR, is present. Andrew Miller has been assigned to the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors. Defencemen Andrew Ference and Brandon Davidson are not on the ice. Andrej Sekera, who was ill yesterday, is back at practice. Line combinations: Hall-Draisaitl-Purcell Pouliot-RNH-Eberle Hendricks-Letestu-Yakupov Gazdic/Korpikoski-Lander-Pakarinen Defensive pairings: Nurse-Sekera Klefbom-Fayne Reinhart-Gryba Justin Schultz is rotating in. The team will wear Edmonton Eskimos jerseys after practice for a team photo to support them in their quest for the Grey Cup.Chris WescottSat, 21 Nov 2015 13:30:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151117_practice4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4303743037BLOG: Miller assigned to Bakersfieldhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=43020The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have assigned forward Andrew Miller to the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors. Miller, 27, has posted six points (2G, 4A) and six penalty minutes in eight games with the Condors. The Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, native has appeared in six games with the Oilers this season.Sat, 21 Nov 2015 13:15:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151020_miller1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4302043020BLOG: Oilers defeat Devilshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=43016“We didn’t play to our capabilities and the result was what it was,” said Devils Coach John Hynes. A simple observation, Hynes said it appeared the team just couldn’t find the rhythm they were working hard to achieve. “I don’t necessarily know if it was flow, we just didn’t really play well enough in any facet of the game to really be able to find a way to win, whether that was penalty discipline or five on five,” he said. Losing 5-1 to the Oilers tonight and 3-2 to the Calgary Flames on Thursday, the Devils haven’t lost back-to-back games since the beginning of the season. “I think you have to give some credit to Edmonton, I think they played real well, they got off to a good start and I thought they played solid even when they had the lead they did a good job,” said Hynes. “On the flip side we didn’t have one of our better games or efforts I should say, but a lot of that is attributed to Edmonton also.”Meg TilleySat, 21 Nov 2015 00:57:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151120_OilersDevils5.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4301643016BLOG: Cammalleri on Devils' stylehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=43014The New Jersey Devils have arrived and according to Devils forward Mike Cammalleri, they’re ready to bring a fast-pace game to Rexall Place. “We like to play a game that is a hard working game and up tempo game, a game where we’re pushing the puck and hanging onto it and doing a lot of good things,” he said. “It’s a style that hopefully is hard for other teams to play against and one that we can enjoy playing.” With the Devils ready to hit the ice, Cammalleri said he the team will have to be ready from the get-go to face the Oilers tenacity. “They’re a team that has a lot of speed and a lot of skill and we’re going to have to be really sound in our structure to play a game that we want to play against them,” he said.Meg TilleyFri, 20 Nov 2015 17:14:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151120_Cammalleri.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4301443014Thursday Practice Audio and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42982Chris WescottThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:27:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644396-hall.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4298242982BLOG: Oilers searching for rewardhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=43004The ultimate reward in hockey, or sports for that matter, is a win. Moral victories only get a team so far, but as the Oilers continue to progress under Todd McLellan in his first season as head coach, it’s all part of the process. “We, me, I, the players and the coaching staff come to the rink every night wanting to win and that’s the ultimate reward,” said McLellan. “Even some nights when you don’t play a real good game and you win you can take something away from it and you bank some points. That’s the ultimate goal. We haven’t been obtaining that very much lately.” The Oilers once again came from behind to tie a game late last night, but they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime. Even in a loss, it’s one the players and coaches to see the progress and continue to push. “We also have to look at some of the things implement systematically and individually as players,” said McLellan. “They have to be rewarded with some of the things they do well on nights we don’t win. It’s called progress. It doesn’t show up in the wins and losses but we are moving forward. We had a good video session today where we picked out a couple things I thought we did a really good job at and we needed to do that against Chicago or they would have created a lot more and spent a lot more time in our zone. They need to be rewarded and recognized for doing things well in those areas. Still many areas we have to improve on to eventually get the wins, but baby steps right now.” The players see the positives and that’s why the mood in the room remains upbeat. “I think we’re improving,” said Taylor Hall. “It seems every week we get better and better, but there’s a fine line between winning and losing and we’re experiencing that right now.” But the Oilers can’t get comfortable with close. “There’s a bit of a turning point,” said Hall. “We’re at that line right now where it’s ‘are we going to go back or forward?’ and I think we all know what we want to do. The signs are there. We can’t get discouraged. We have to keep doing the things we think we’re doing well. Eventually the wins are going to come if we play well. That’s just the way it works.” Mentally, Hall says the Oilers, who sit at 6-12-1, are still in a good place mentally despite their record. “I don’t think we’re too bad,” he said. “I haven’t really looked at the standings and I’m not too concerned with it to be honest. In the past, it would discourage me a lot looking at our record. But this year, not so much. I think that’s a good thing for our group. Saying that, we have to get some wins.” The Oilers will continue to look for the ultimate reward when they host New Jersey tomorrow night.Chris WescottThu, 19 Nov 2015 15:38:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/306mclellan.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4300443004BLOG: Thursday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42980The Oilers are on the ice for Thursday practice at Rexall Place. Matt Hendricks and Oscar Klefbom are not on the ice with the team. Forward lines: Hall-Draisaitl-Purcell Pouliot-RNH-Eberle Gazdic-Letestu-Yakupov Korpikoski-Lander-Pakarinen Andrew Miller also on the ice in dark blue. Defensive Pairings: Nurse-Sekera Schultz-Fayne Davidson-Reinhart Ference-GrybaChris WescottThu, 19 Nov 2015 13:05:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151117_practice3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4298042980BLOG: Hossa on ’Hawks overtime winhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42952After trailing Chicago most of the night, the Oilers ended up clawing their way back to make it a 3-3 finish, sending the game into overtime. On his second breakaway of the night, Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa ended up clinching the 4-3 overtime win for his teammates. “On the first breakaway I tried to make room for myself to go blocker side and (Nilsson) got a piece of it,” said Hossa. “Now my goal was basically to take off a little bit, get a little cushion and I saw a little opening so I tried to clap it and this time I hit it.” Hossa credits ’Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford for providing his line with renewed energy after robbing Oilers forward Taylor Hall of the chance to secure the win for his team. “Obviously it was an unbelievable save and that’s why we won the game,” said Hossa. “It kind of gave a boost to the bench when you’ve got next shift, it gives you an extra boost.”Meg TilleyThu, 19 Nov 2015 01:20:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151118_OilersBlackhawks7.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4295242952BLOG: Oilers activate Korpikoski; place Gazdic on IRhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42969The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have activated winger Lauri Korpikoski from Injured Reserve. Korpikoski, 29, has appeared in 10 games with the Oilers this season, registering three points (2G, 1A) and six penalty minutes. The Oilers also announced today they have placed winger Luke Gazdic on Injured Reserve.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseWed, 18 Nov 2015 16:00:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644korps.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4296942969Tuesday Audio and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42894Chris WescottTue, 17 Nov 2015 16:19:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151117_practice3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4289442894BLOG: Nilsson to start Wednesdayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42899As the Oilers continue to feel their way out in net and try to get both goaltenders going, they will start Anders Nilsson against the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow. Nilsson started two games on this most recent road trip and went 1-1-0 with an overtime win in Anaheim. “We have confidence in both of them,” said Head Coach Todd McLellan. “We are trying to develop two goaltenders that are figuring their way out and trying to establish themselves as starters in the league. They’ve both proven they can play and play well. To say ‘win and stay in’ or ‘win and you’re in’ isn’t accurate. It will continue to be our job to develop both, get them both confident and get them playing. We’re just going to go one game at a time and Nilsson is playing tomorrow.” Nilsson is 3-4-0 on the season with a 3.21 goals-against average and .902 save percentage.Chris WescottTue, 17 Nov 2015 15:32:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151006_nilsson1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4289942899BLOG: Purcell hitting stridehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42897Oilers winger Teddy Purcell didn’t like his start to the season and sought to change that. He has a candid discussion with Head Coach Todd McLellan after a handful of games. “I didn’t like where I was at and he wasn’t pleased, he knew I had more to give,” Purcell said. “He talked about moving my feet and executing. That’s two things that are easily correctable and I’ve been trying to build off that. When I move my feet more, I am more involved in the play, I come up with more pucks and you have the puck more so you feel good about yourself. It can change pretty quick. This game can get nasty at times so you’ve got to keep it simple, keep going, keep trying to build that chemistry.” Purcell has been playing better hockey in the recent stretch of games. He has points in three of his last four games and goals in two of his last three, including an overtime game-winning goal against Anaheim last Wednesday. “I’m feeling good. I’m feeling more confident out there and moving my feet. I’m not the fastest guy anyways and I think when I missed 12 days in camp I kind of fell behind a little bit. It took me a little bit to get up to game speed where guys had some more exhibition games. Anytime you get the chance to play with two guys that are feeling it right now, in Leon and Taylor, it’s nice when the coach puts you up there and puts you in different situations. It can change pretty quick so you’ve got to ride the momentum and keep building.” Purcell has eight points (4-4-8) in 18 games this season.Chris WescottTue, 17 Nov 2015 15:15:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/644teddyot.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4289742897BLOG: Nugent-Hopkins back from the fluhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42895Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has missed some time with the flu but was back on the ice on Tuesday at Clareview Arena. “I know a few guys on our team (had it), I think it was getting passed around a little bit, but feeling a lot better now,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “It was good to get out there and actually skate and get my legs going. It was a pretty intense practice. Pretty high pace, so it was good to get back.” Sometimes coming back from illness it is hard to breathe and get up to speed out there on the ice, but Nugent-Hopkins was able to finish an intense practice. “It was a high-paced practice but there weren’t too many battle drills or anything like that. It wasn’t too tough on the lungs but just good to get the legs back under me and get the lungs going again a little bit.”Chris WescottTue, 17 Nov 2015 14:59:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151007_Captains2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4289542895BLOG: Tuesday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42891The Oilers are on the ice at Clareview Arena in Edmonton for Tuesday practice. Edmonton got healthier on Tuesday with Jordan Eberle, Matt Hendricks and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all returning to practice. Eberle and Hendricks missed yesterday’s skate for maintenance while Nugent-Hopkins has been fighting illness. Forward lines: Hall-Draisaitl-Purcell Pouliot-RNH-Eberle Hendricks-Letestu-Yakupov Korpikoski/Lander-Miller-Pakarinen Gazdic not skating. The Oilers defence looked as follows in their first drill: Nurse-Sekera Klefbom-Fayne Davidson-Gryba Ference-Schultz Reinhart rotating inChris WescottTue, 17 Nov 2015 13:35:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151117_practice1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4289142891Monday audio and video from practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42874Chris WescottMon, 16 Nov 2015 18:21:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644396-mcdavid.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4287442874BLOG: Oilers continue to deal with illnesshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42880A few Oilers players have been dealing with illness, beginning on this last road trip. The Oilers were short in numbers at practice with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Luke Gazdic and Matt Hendricks among those missing in action. Not all of the day’s absences were illness related. Head Coach Todd McLellan said Eberle and Hendricks were out for maintenance. “Illness continues to go through the team,” McLellan said. “Anybody who was on our roster that didn’t skate today is either hurt or sick. We expect some of them to be back for Wednesday when we play against Chicago, but we’re trying to keep the sick guys away from the healthy guys just so the germ doesn’t travel. There’s others that need a little bit of healing time from wounds from the games. Hopefully we’ll have, not a full complement but a larger complement of players to pick from.”Chris WescottMon, 16 Nov 2015 16:02:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151006_RNH.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4288042880BLOG: McDavid dealing with no hockeyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42879Connor McDavid, like any other young player with an injury, is not enjoying the recovery part. The 18-year-old centre did not make the last trip with the team, and although he feels better than he thought he would this early in the recovery process (broken clavicle), the young player is bored at home. “He’s bored, which 18-year-olds can be when they’re not playing hockey and the team is away,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “I think he’s got a great mindset right now and the mind heals the body so we’re off to a good start.” “He hasn’t had any teammates around for eight or nine days and I’m not sure it’s real easy to go out and watch movies if you’re Connor McDavid in Edmonton right now. He’s probably a little bit bored but with his teammates back he’ll be fine.” According to his teammate Taylor Hall, McDavid is a little “grumpy” around the house, which makes sense. “Probably. He hasn’t had any teammates around for eight or nine days and I’m not sure it’s real easy to go out and watch movies if you’re Connor McDavid in Edmonton right now so he’s probably a little bit bored but with his teammates back he’ll be fine,” said McLellan. McDavid has been testing his injury recently as he works to get back.Chris WescottMon, 16 Nov 2015 15:57:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151102_hallmcdavid2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4287942879BLOG: Schultz back on the icehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42878Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz has been out of commission since October 27 dealing with some back issues. Schultz has a bulging disc but is clearly on the mend as he skated with the team for the first time on Monday. “I skated a couple times last week by myself or with (Lauri Korpikoski),” said Schultz. “It’s good to be back with the guys. You definitely don’t feel part of the team when they’re on the road and you’re here alone so it’s good to be back.” As for a timetable for return, Schultz doesn’t have one but the signs are positive. “It’s been going well,” he said. “It’s been kind of slow but I feel like I’m getting close. I couldn’t tell you how long until I’m back but it’s good, I’m getting better.”Chris WescottMon, 16 Nov 2015 15:43:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644schultjet.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4287842878BLOG: McDavid on the mendhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42876Connor McDavid spoke to the media for the first time since breaking his clavicle on November 3, against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Oilers rookie centre had surgery the next day. “It’s definitely way better than I thought it was gonna be at this point,” said McDavid. “It’s the 11-day mark, 10-day mark or whatever. I definitely feel way better than I thought I would.” McDavid is not in a sling and has begun working out to stay in shape while he recovers. “It’s not like it’s a leg or anything,” he said. “It’s upper body and I’ve been riding the bike already and doing all that. Definitely well into the process of staying in shape and getting it moving again.” Not only is he on the bike, but he’s begun testing his shoulder and moving it more. “I did upper body today in the gym,” said McDavid. “That kind of gives you an idea of how it’s feeling and all that.” McDavid does not have a timetable for return but is expecting to speak with doctors again this week. “I think the main part is getting back to 100 percent,” he said. “If there is any positive to it it’s that it’s a bone and that can heal. It’s not like it’s a separated shoulder or a torn ligament or anything like that. Bones heal and just got to wait for it to feel 100 percent.” McDavid has 12 points (5-7-12) in 13 games this season.Chris WescottMon, 16 Nov 2015 14:15:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151116_MCDAVID644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4287642876BLOG: Monday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42873The Oilers have hit the ice at Clareview Arena in Edmonton for their Monday practice. Connor McDavid will speak to the media shortly. Stay tuned for full coverage. Justin Schultz (back) is rotating in at practice today. Line combinations: Hall-Draisaitl-Purcell Pouliot-Lander-Pakarinen Korpikoski/Miller-Letestu-Yakupov Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Matt Hendricks and Luke Gazdic are not on the ice for the start of practice.Chris WescottMon, 16 Nov 2015 13:16:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644396-pakarinen.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4287342873BLOG: Laurikainen assigned to Finlandhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42863The Oilers have assigned goaltender Eetu Laurikainen from the AHL's Bakersfield Condors to HPK of the Finnish Elite League. In his one start with the Condors, Laurikainen allowed four goals on 22 shots in a 4-3 loss to San Jose. The move leavers the Condors with two goaltenders: Laurent Brossoit and Ben Scrivens.Marc CiampaSun, 15 Nov 2015 13:45:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/20150911_laurikainen1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4286342863BLOG: Fee joins Team Europehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42834Oilers Video Coach Myles Fee joins Team Europe’s staff for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Fee is in his seventh season with the Oilers as the club’s video coach. He began his career with the New York Rangers in Team Services before becoming a video analyst. Fee joins Team Europe Head Coach Ralph Krueger’s staff. Krueger was with the Oilers as Associate Coach from 2010-2012 an then was head coach in 2012-13, finishing with a 19-22-7 record in 48 games.Chris WescottSat, 14 Nov 2015 21:50:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/644myles.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4283442834BLOG: Woodcroft, McLellan comment on World Cuphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42805On Friday, the NHL announced the coaching staff for Team North America: The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today the appointment of Team North America’s Assistant Coaches: Jay Woodcroft (Edmonton Oilers), Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning), Peter DeBoer (San Jose Sharks) and Dave Tippett (Arizona Coyotes). The four assistant coaches will report to Team North America General Manager Peter Chiarelli (Edmonton Oilers), Associate General Manager Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks) and Head Coach Todd McLellan (Edmonton Oilers). Oilers head coach Todd McLellan was asked about the decision to include assistant coach Jay Woodcroft on his staff. “Woody and I have been together for a long, long time. I have a comfort in having Jay around for a lot of reasons. One, he keeps me organized. He’s a workaholic, gets a lot of work done. He understands my language and where I might be going with my thoughts and how to put things together. Technically, he can gather a lot of information. I think he’s as sharp a coach as there is out there right now,” McLellan began. “He doesn’t quite get the recognition because of his path to the NHL but we’re very lucky to have him, not only with that World Cup team but also here in Edmonton.” The head man for the Oilers also talked about the rest of the staff, which includes some accomplished head coaches from around the NHL. “A lot of experience. International experience. Coaches who have been around young players for awhile. I look at Tip (Dave Tippett) last night with (Anthony) Duclair, (Max) Domi, growing (Oliver) Ekman-Larsson. Jon Cooper in Tampa. Peter DeBoer in San Jose, he’s worked with young players in the past in Florida and New Jersey. San Jose is a bit of an older team now. “The comfort of working with those people that I’ve been involved with in the past. We’re excited about it. There’s some teams there that have to win and our job is to go in and upset and stir the pot a little bit, see where we end up.” Woodcroft talked about the honour of being named to the coaching staff at the tournament. “It’s going to be a great learning experience for me, great experience for my family in my hometown of Toronto. Huge honour to have been asked to join such a prestigious coaching staff. I’m really looking forward to working with all the coaches and all the management,” he said. The 39-year-old has worked with McLellan since 2005 when he was the video coach and McLellan the assistant for the Detroit Red Wings. McLellan then added Woodcroft to his staff as an assistant when he became head coach of the San Jose Sharks in 2008. “I think we both have strengths. Having worked together for so long, there’s a chemistry with how we approach preparation. I think we see the game very similarly but we’re not afraid to challenge each other with new ideas.” Woodcroft and McLellan also worked together last spring at the World Hockey Championships, helping lead Canada to a Gold Medal and undefeated record at the tournament. “Having worked together in the past, not only in the NHL — Detroit, San Jose and now Edmonton — but internationally, there’s a comfort level with preparing a group to succeed.” The Oilers assistant talked further about how that World Championships experience helped prepare him for the challenge that awaits next fall. “It helped me because it was my first time on an international level. So the ability to work with players from different teams and quickly get your point across, quickly get everybody on the same page was a huge challenge. And I think Todd did a masterful job of bringing the entire group together: the coaching staff, the management group and also the players. And that’s why we ultimately had success.”Marc CiampaSat, 14 Nov 2015 21:49:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/06/20150630_mclellan.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4280542805BLOG: Nugent-Hopkins absent from warm-uphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42842The Oilers are on the ice for pre-game warm-up in Los Angeles and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is not on the ice with the team. The club also has seven defencemen on the ice, with Andrew Ference the lone Oilers healthy skater who is not suited up for warm-up. Lines for tonight appear to be: Hall - Draisaitl - Purcell Pouliot - Lander - Eberle Hendricks - Letestu - Yakupov Gazdic - Miller - Pakarinen Nurse - Sekera Klefbom - Fayne Reinhart - GrybaMarc CiampaSat, 14 Nov 2015 21:34:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/20150926_ph1-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4284242842Video and audio from Friday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42804Marc CiampaFri, 13 Nov 2015 17:30:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/06/644mclellanast.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4280442804BLOG: Oilers injury and illness updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42803Oilers head coach Todd McLellan was asked to give an update on some of the injuries and illnesses that have been plaguing the team on this road trip. “He and Ference is the other one who’s been sick enough that they haven’t played,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan of Benoit Pouliot. “They’re both skating today. I talked to them about how they feel and they’re getting close to normal again.” The bench boss added that it's not simply a matter of just getting healthy again when a player gets hit with the flu. “You have to rehydrate, you have to get the food back in the body and make sure you feel good. We think they’ll be ready but we won’t know until tomorrow.” McLellan also gave an update on Matt Hendricks, who's missed the last three games with an injury. “Matty’s not a flu issue, it’s an injury. He’s had some good skates now. Based on body language and facial expressions, he looked like he was happy to be out there and that’s always a good sign heading into tomorrow.” Hendricks talked about wanting to get back on the ice to help the team as soon as possible. “It’s frustrating,” said Hendricks. “I want to be out there helping the team any way I can but unfortunately the ailment kept jumping up at me and biting at me. The swelling, I couldn’t get it out of there. You lose the stability and it’s pretty weak.” When asked whether he might play tomorrow, Hendricks was hopeful. “I’m hoping. I’m pushing for tomorrow so I’m sure it’ll be a game-time decision or however we want to phrase it. But I’m going to prepare like I’m going to play tomorrow.”Marc CiampaFri, 13 Nov 2015 17:22:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/04/poty_r1gB.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4280342803BLOG: Slepyshev assigned to Bakersfieldhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42801The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have assigned winger Anton Slepyshev to the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors. Slepyshev, 21, has appeared in 11 games with the Oilers this season, registering one assist and two penalty minutes. The 6’2”, 187-pound winger has also played in three games with the Condors this season, posting four penalty minutes.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseFri, 13 Nov 2015 17:00:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/OIL_0654.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4280142801BLOG: Oilers practice Friday in Los Angeleshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42799The Oilers are on the ice for practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California (near the Los Angeles International Airport). Matt Hendricks and Benoit Pouliot are both on the ice skating with the team. Stay tuned for further updates.Marc CiampaFri, 13 Nov 2015 15:32:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644practiceroadrnh1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4279942799BLOG: Woodcroft joins Team North Americahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42775Connections between the Oilers and Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey run deep. Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli is a GM for the team, while Todd McLellan is the bench boss for both Edmonton and North America. Now you can add Oilers Assistant Coach Jay Woodcroft to the list. The NHLPA and NHL announced today that Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay), Peter DeBoer (San Jose), Dave Tippett (Arizona) and Woodcroft will serve as assistants on Team North America. They will report to Chiarelli, McLellan and Associate GM Stan Bowman. “We are excited to announce Team North America’s assistant coaches for the World Cup of Hockey 2016,” Chiarelli said in a press release. “Jon, Peter, Dave and Jay are great additions to our staff and their tremendous experience will go a long way in helping our young players have a successful tournament.” Woodcroft joined McLellan’s staff in Edmonton this off-season and previously served in the same capacity for the San Jose Sharks when McLellan coached there for seven seasons. Woodcroft also spent three seasons in Detroit as an assistant, winning the 2008 Stanley Cup. Team North America will combine top players under the age of 23 from both Canada and the United States. The squad will compete against Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Team Europe, Russia, Sweden and the U.S. in September of 2016 in Toronto.Chris WescottFri, 13 Nov 2015 12:46:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151113_woodcroft644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4277542775BLOG: Lines in warm-up Thursdayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42786Based on their skate in pre-game warm-up, the Oilers have a few lineup alterations tonight as they get set to play their second game in as many nights. Forward Lines: Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Draisaitl Purcell - Lander - Eberle Yakupov - Letestu - Pakarinen Gazdic - Miller - Slepyshev Defensive Pairings: Nurse - Sekera Klefbom - Fayne Davidson - GrybaMarc CiampaThu, 12 Nov 2015 20:42:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150331_brandon.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4278642786BLOG: Oilers recall Slepyshevhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42733The Oilers have recalled forward Anton Slepyshev from the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL due to an illness to forward Benoit Pouliot. In three games with the Condors, Slepyshev had four penalty minutes and no points. He had one assist in 10 games with the Oilers earlier this season.Marc CiampaThu, 12 Nov 2015 13:13:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/20140927_slepyshev1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4273342733BLOG: Purcell's thoughts on 3-on-3 OThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42758Teddy Purcell scored the overtime winner against the Ducks Wednesday night so not surprisingly, he's quite in favour of the NHL's new three-on-three format. "If we lost that game you could probably say 3-on-3 is tough, but I think it’s exciting," he said. "I think that it’s something different. I don’t think a lot of guys were fans of the shootouts anyways." Purcell credited goaltender Anders Nilsson keeping the play alive with helping the team get the 4-3 victory. "They had a 3-on-2 and I just fell behind the play there and Leon (Draisaitl) did a great job of back-checking and breaking it up. Then (Nilsson) made a heads-up play keeping the play alive and then Sekera made a great pass. So it was a lot of things in one to get that breakaway."Marc CiampaThu, 12 Nov 2015 02:24:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/nhl/images/upload/2015/11/111115_EDMOT_BIG.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4275842758BLOG: Horcoff gets his 500th pointhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42757Former Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff registered his 500th career NHL point with a goal in the third period. However, Horcoff wasn't too willing to speak about the accomplishment following a loss. "Maybe when everything is said and done I’ll think back, but right now it’s just another point. It would’ve been a little nicer with a win, but I’ll think about all that stuff later," he said. Horcoff said the team should have been able to hold onto the multiple leads they had, particularly in the third. "We had two leads in the third period. That should be enough to win, but we just didn’t get it done defensively. We’ll take the point and move on." Horcoff had 446 of his career points in Oilers colours (164 goals, 282 assists).Marc CiampaThu, 12 Nov 2015 02:21:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/nhl/images/upload/2015/10/ducks-672-1018.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4275742757BLOG: Nilsson starts tonighthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42751Being the first goaltender to step off the ice at morning skate, Anders Nilsson gets the start in goal tonight for the Oilers.Marc CiampaWed, 11 Nov 2015 14:55:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151006_nilsson1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4275142751BLOG: Oilers at morning skate in Anaheimhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42750The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate at Honda Center in Anaheim. Matt Hendricks is on the ice with the team. Forward lines are: Hall-RNH-Draisaitl Pouliot-Letestu-Yakupov Purcell-Lander-Eberle Gazdic-Miller-Pakarinen Defence pairings: Nurse-Sekera Klefbom-Fayne Reinhart-Gryba Stay tuned for more, including tonight's starting goaltender.Marc CiampaWed, 11 Nov 2015 14:30:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/644duckspractice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4275042750BLOG: Boudreau on Ducks 2nd period struggleshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42749Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau was asked about his team's struggles this season in the second period. Anaheim has allowed 21 goals in the middle frame. By contrast, they have only allowed six goals in the first period and seven goals in the third period. “To me, it’s 90% about line changes," said Boudreau. "That long change, if you don’t make the line changes at the right time you usually get caught and are in trouble. I mean, it’s something we have to work on. Last year and this year we’ve really struggled in the second period but it’s almost now a mental issue that we have to get over and have a great second period and I think we’ll be fine then.” In terms of goals against, the second period is the best period for the Oilers. They have allowed only 13 goals in the second. Anaheim's best period is the first period with 12 goals for and six goals against. Edmonton's worst period is the opening frame with 11 goals for and 17 against. “Hopefully it’s not a tentative thing. Hopefully there’s just a couple facets, ‘we’ve got to do this better or we’ve got to do that better’ in the second period and if we do that, we’ll be fine,” Boudreau continued. “Last game, for example, it was five minutes. We had total control of the game. It was still 2-1 with 4:25 left in the second then we got caught on a long line change, we got caught in a bad D-zone situation and it unraveled. Then we re-grabbed ourself in the third period and came out differently. But we’ve got to be able to do the second period thing as well.”Marc CiampaWed, 11 Nov 2015 14:28:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/644bruce.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4274942749BLOG: Chiarelli sees variance among youthhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42661Peter Chiarelli, along with fellow co-general manager Stan Bowman, has been charged with piecing together the roster for Team North America, which will participate in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Chiarelli and Bowman will draw from both Canada and the United States, selecting players under the age of 23 (as of October 1, 2016). In his scouting so far involving the eligible pool of players, Chiarelli says he sees “a lot of variance” with the youth. The variance allows some players who may not have been seen on the original list to jump into the fray, while some may drop off. “These guys, they bubble up but then they can bubble down too. It would be nice if we could delay to the very last minute with our team, but we can’t,” said Chiarelli. Team North America will try to wait as long as they can, however. The Oilers president of hockey operations and general manager says he expects the management team to take up until the March 1 deadline to pick the first 16 and then up until June 1 to name the rest of the roster (total of 20 skaters and three goalies). Chiarelli was asked if there is more risk for Team North America given the age of the players, to lock in 16. “There’s a bit of a risk,” said Chiarelli. “I think we’ve got a pretty good idea of the locks and who those 16 are. I think we will have a very good idea at that point. There’s always a risk. I think if you look back on these teams, with the selection base, there are guys who should be on it or who shouldn’t be on it when you look back. I’m sure that will be the case too.”Chris WescottTue, 10 Nov 2015 20:51:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/644chiarellimcd.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4266142661Video and audio from Tuesday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42698Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:04:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/644oilpractice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4269842698BLOG: Gazdic likely in, Hendricks a question says coachhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42701Matt Hendricks skated with the team to start practice on Tuesday in Anaheim but as soon as battle drills began he skated to the dressing room. Coach McLellan said there are still a lot that needs to be determined before he can pencil in his lineup for the Ducks tomorrow. “We’ve got to evaluate where we’re at health wise. Obviously Matty Hendricks was a question mark after the pre-game skate in Chicago and didn’t play. He’s had two days here to recover and had a light skate today. We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” he said. “Our decisions will be made tomorrow, probably right at game time.” One thing he did strongly hint at was that Luke Gazdic was a possibility to return to the lineup. “We’ll have to get Gaz back into the games here soon. It’s a big strong team so it’s probably a good night for him to play. The rest we’ll decide as we go.”Marc CiampaTue, 10 Nov 2015 19:56:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644-camp3-gazdic.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4270142701BLOG: McLellan on reuniting Hall-Draisaitl-RNHhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42700In an effort to spark the team on Sunday in Chicago, Oilers head coach Todd McLellan put Ryan Nugent-Hopkins back together with Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl. It worked as the Oilers peppered 31 shots in the final two periods -- including 22 in the middle frame -- after only registering five shots on goal in the first. McLellan put the three back together for practice on Tuesday in Anaheim. He was asked about moving a centre to the wing in order to create that line while going up against a team deep down the middle like the Ducks. “We’re in a catch-22 situation. We’re of the belief that Anton and (Letestu) can provide us with some punch down there. They’re getting every opportunity to do it and I think that’s a great thing for them at this point. For us to be successful they’re going to have to provide it,” McLellan began. “Our team was a different team when we put Leon back with Nuge and Hallsy. And the other thing that came out of the game was I thought Ebs got going a little bit, too. He’s getting closer to getting up to speed and feeling good about his game.” McLellan said that he felt the team is staffed up to handle what the Ducks throw at them, so long as they don't lose anymore players. Including Hendricks, the Oilers have four forwards out at the moment. “We just don’t want to lose any players right now. We’re so busy trying to find a few extra guys that the last thing we need to do is lose players. That’s a fine balance between the coaching staff and how we set our lines up.”Marc CiampaTue, 10 Nov 2015 19:51:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644draisaitlwinner.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4270042700BLOG: Eberle getting up to speedhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42699With a goal against Chicago on Sunday in his second game back, Jordan Eberle is getting back in the swing of things when it comes to being a contributor in the Oilers lineup. It was the first time that Eberle has started a season on the injured list. “I knew it was going to be tough. I didn’t think it was going to be that tough,” Eberle chuckled. “Coming in against Pittsburgh, they’re a fast team. Ideally that was not where I wanted to start. I remember that first period, my neck was sore my head was on a swivel so much. The puck was moving so quick.” Eberle scored a power play goal early in the third period to get Edmonton on the board against the 'Hawks. “I thought I settled into that game a little better and then last game in Chicago I started to really feel good and get confident with the puck. Obviously, putting the puck in the net helps to get some confidence. I still have room to grow but I like where it’s going.” Oilers head coach Todd McLellan also talked about the speed of the game in reference to Eberle. “I think it’s a combination of everything. The game is going fast right now. When you haven’t been able to start at the starting line with everybody else, that affects you a lot. Ebs has poise, he has maturity, he’s experienced but nothing makes up for that pace. “We talk a lot about his skillset. It’s cerebral, it’s quick hands, it’s making tight little plays. When the game is going fast that’s a hard thing to do when you’re not used to it.”Marc CiampaTue, 10 Nov 2015 19:48:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151105_eberle644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4269942699BLOG: Oilers on ice for practice in Anaheimhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42695The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Anaheim. Matt Hendricks started the practice with the team but left before battle drills. Oilers lines are: Hall - Draisaitl - Nugent-Hopkins Pouliot - Letestu - Yakupov Purcell - Lander - Eberle Gazdic - Miller - Pakarinen Lines: Hall-Draisaitl-RNH, Pouliot-Letestu-Yak, Purcell-Lander-Eberle, Gazdic-Miller-Pakarinen. Hendricks left ice before battle drills. — Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) November 10, 2015 UPDATE: Nail Yakupov left the ice about 25 minutes into practice but returned five minutes later.Marc CiampaTue, 10 Nov 2015 16:46:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/644duckspractice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4269542695BLOG: Hendricks not playing tonighthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42636Oilers winger Matt Hendricks will not play tonight. He is not taking warm-ups. Luke Gazdic is taking warm-ups but it's not certain whether the Oilers will insert Gazdic into the lineup or dress seven defencemen as Brandon Davidson is also out there.Marc CiampaSun, 08 Nov 2015 19:30:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/04/644hendy.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4263642636BLOG: Talbot to start tonighthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42631Cam Talbot is first off the ice for the Oilers and it appears he will get his first start since a week ago Saturday against the Flames. Anders Nilsson played each of the last two games.Marc CiampaSun, 08 Nov 2015 12:57:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644talbotorange.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4263142631BLOG: Morning skate lines in Chicagohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42630Oilers are on the ice for morning skate in Chicago prior to tonight's game against the Blackhawks. Line combinations for the Oilers look to be the same as last game: Hall - Draisaitl - Eberle Pouliot - RNH - Yakupov Hendricks - Letestu - Purcell Lander - Miller - Pakarinen Gazdic On defence, Mark Fayne and Brandon Davidson have switched spots. Klefbom - Fayne Nurse - Sekera Reinhart - Gryba Ference - Davidson On the other side, Marian Hossa is expected to return to the lineup tonight for the Blackhawks after missing the team's last three games.Marc CiampaSun, 08 Nov 2015 12:17:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644practiceroadrnh1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4263042630BLOG: Penguins pebble Oilershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42579It was a heart-racing finish as the Oilers battled to come back from a 2-1 deficit. With what was perceived as a potential goal by Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot, Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff refused to let the puck penetrate his net. “I didn’t know where it was,” admitted Zatkoff. “I heard the crowd, they were cheering and I thought maybe it had gone over, but I looked at the ref and he didn’t point…I just tried to scoot forward, I had a feeling that when they went upstairs that you weren’t going to be able to see because of the way I was positioned but I’m pretty confident it didn’t cross over.” The Penguins may have snatched their sixth win in a row, but it wasn’t without effort Zatkoff says. “The guys did great, we blocked a lot of shots, even [the Oilers] power play there, we didn’t give them much of anything, we had big blocks, kept them to the outside. I thought all game there we were great,” said the keeper. “Maybe a little lull there for five minutes when they scored in the second period, but after that I thought it was a solid effort and I thought we deserved to win.”Meg TilleySat, 07 Nov 2015 00:48:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151106_ph1-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4257942579BLOG: Penguins Fehr on his returnhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42578The Penguins have arrived in Oil Country. Coming off a win on Wednesday over the Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh forward Eric Fehr says his line is still ironing out any kinks that could be improved. “It’s definitely getting better every game,” he said. “I don’t think the timing’s quite there. We’re still trying to get some chemistry with our line, but I felt a lot better in the third period of the last game and slowly getting a better feel for things.” Returning from an elbow surgery that required a four to six month recovery, Fehr says his teammates have helped remove any doubts he may have had when getting back onto the ice. “You want to get that first one right away, you want to start producing, you want to be a part of the win and I felt like I’ve done that the last two games,” said Fehr. “You know its just all about feeling comfortable. The guys have really taken me into the room here and they’ve welcomed me. So it feels better, I feel comfortable, it’s a good group of guys.” As they gear up for tonight's game, Fehr says the Penguins have to close the Oilers down, preventing them from any space that would allow a speed advantage. “It’s a fast team and a team that can be very dangerous if you turn the puck over, so I think that’s something that we’re really going to have to focus on today,” he said. “And it is unfortunate that McDavid’s not playing, you always want to play against those other teams best and see one of the great young stars, but obviously there’s a lot of guys that can fill in and a new coaching staff — it’s a solid team.”Meg TilleyFri, 06 Nov 2015 18:20:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151106_othersidepre.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4257842578BLOG: Oilers morning skate lines Fridayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42565The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate at Rexall Place and these are the lines they're going with at the moment: Hall-Draisaitl-Eberle Pouliot-RNH-Yakupov Hendricks-Letestu-Purcell Lander-Miller-Pakarinen Sekera-Nurse Klefbom-Davidson Reinhart-Gryba V PIT: Hall-Draisaitl-Eberle, Pouliot-RNH-Yak, Hendricks-Letestu-Purcell, Lander-Miller-Pak. Sekera-Nurse, Klefbom-Davidson, Reinhart-Gryba. — Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) November 6, 2015Marc CiampaFri, 06 Nov 2015 12:35:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/644reinhart.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4256542565Video and audio from Thursday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42513edmontonoilers.com staffThu, 05 Nov 2015 14:39:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644-camp3-letestu-draisaitl.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4251342513BLOG: Thursday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42514The Oilers have hit the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Jordan Eberle is skating in a dark blue, top-six sweater today. The line combinations are as follows: Hall-Draisaitl-Eberle Pouliot-RNH-Yakupov Hendricks-Letestu-Purcell Pakarinen-Lander-Miller Defence: Nurse-Sekera Klefbom-Davidson Reinhart-Gryba Ference-FayneChris WescottThu, 05 Nov 2015 13:30:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/09/644camp-eberle.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4251442514Video and audio from Wednesday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42505edmontonoilers.com staffWed, 04 Nov 2015 16:16:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4250542505BLOG: Draisaitl producing in second yearhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42487Leon Draisaitl has grown a lot in a year. 365 days ago, Draisaitl was a rookie first-round pick finding his way in the NHL. His first stint in the League lasted just 37 games. Flash forward to the 2015-16 season, and Draisaitl has returned to the NHL on call-up with the Oilers, finding a new level of production in his first three games. In three games this season, Draisaitl has three goals and four assists for seven points. He had just two goals and seven assists in all 37 games last season. Draisaitl has seized his opportunity to play with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and the 2014 third-overall pick has made the most of it so far. Nugent-Hopkins says Draisaitl looks different than last season. “Just the way he’s always moving his feet,” said the Oilers centre. “I think when you first come into the league you can kind of stand around a little bit. I was a culprit of that when I first came in. You kind of watch the play a little too much and try to let it develop. Now, he’s always moving, he’s always getting to the loose pucks and stuff. He’s creating offence for our whole line and obviously he has that touch, he can make things happen, so it’s paying off.” Hall and Nugent-Hopkins have both benefited from having Draisaitl on their right side. Both extended their point streaks to six games on Tuesday, while Hall has eight points (2-6-8) and Nugent-Hopkins has five points (2-3-5) in the last three games with Draisaitl on their line. With Connor McDavid going down with a long-term upper body injury on Tuesday night, Draisaitl could be relied upon more heavily in the coming weeks. The natural centre has been playing on the wing, but could be asked to move back to the middle now that the Oilers are down a man. Jordan Eberle (shoulder) has been skating with the team and his return could be sooner rather than later, which would give the Oilers more options in their top six. Head Coach Todd McLellan was non-committal after Tuesday’s win over Philadelphia on whether or not he’d move Draisaitl to centre saying he has played well on the wing. McLellan said the line combinations would become more clear Wednesday at practice.Chris WescottWed, 04 Nov 2015 01:47:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151014_Draisaitl.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4248742487BLOG: Oilers bust bullieshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42486It was a hard fought battle from the Philadelphia Flyers but in the end the Oilers pulled away with a 4-2 win. “I thought we played well. Obviously the first period they outshot us quite a bit but…I thought we had a pretty good period,” said Philadelphia Flyers Ryan White. “Obviously we want the shots to be better but we’re not about shots we’re about winning. I thought we took another step in the right direction but we didn’t get the two points again.” After bouncing back from a 1-0 deficit at the end of the first, the Broad Street Bullies ended up with a 2-1 lead at the end of the second frame. White said that there are still a few wrinkles the Flyers need to iron out in order to see the positive results they’re fighting for. “I think we need to be better defensively still. We’re still throwing too many pucks away — we’re just not a confident group right now. I think, when this team’s confident, we’re winning battles and making great plays and going from there. Right now we’re winning battles and almost giving them right back to them in their own zone again. “It’s tough when you’re not winning, you get a little bit fragile, but we have to get it together here and figure out what we need to do better, just calm down and get back to playing hockey.”Meg TilleyWed, 04 Nov 2015 01:00:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151103_OilersFlyers7.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4248642486BLOG: McDavid out “long term”http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=424852015 first-overall pick Connor McDavid went down late in the second period with an upper body injury after getting tangled up with two Philadelphia Flyers players and crashing into the boards. He did not return to the game for the third period. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan had little specifics on the prognosis, other than it is expected to be a long-term injury. “He’s got an upper body injury that’s going to keep him out long term and he’s being evaluated right now with the doctors,” said McLellan. McLellan said the team will continue to evaluate and more information will be provided in the morning. “I can tell you it’s going to be long term and he’ll be out for a while,” said McLellan. Oilers players reacted to the injury after the 4-2 win. “It didn’t look too good,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “I just feel bad for him. He’s been playing so great, putting the work in and it’s just an unlucky play like that. You just kind of feel bad for him.” “That’s tough. The kid is playing real well for us,” said Matt Hendricks. “I’m not sure what the exact details are of the injury. Glad he was able to get off on his own two feet. He’s in a little bit of pain. It’s hard for teammates to see a guy go down like that, but at the same time we had other guys step up and kind of relish the opportunity.” McLellan said he saw McDavid after the game and told him to “keep his head up.” “He’s disappointed he got injured,” said McLellan. “It’s his rookie year. Things are going really well and he wants to be part of the group, which he still will be but he’s just not going to wear the uniform for a little while. I have a 19-year-old and I can’t imagine how he’d feel if he were in the NHL, his first year, and he got hurt.” McDavid is second on the team in scoring with 12 points in 13 games this season.Chris WescottWed, 04 Nov 2015 00:45:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151031_ph4-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4248542485Hendricks activated, Korpikoski to IRhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42437The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have activated winger Matt Hendricks off injured reserve. Hendricks, 34, has appeared in five games this season, posting one assist, six penalty minutes and a plus three rating. The Oilers also announced they have placed winger Lauri Korpikoski on injured reserve.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseTue, 03 Nov 2015 12:15:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/04/644hendy.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4243742437Video and audio from Monday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42443edmontonoilers.com staffMon, 02 Nov 2015 16:06:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4244342443BLOG: Hendricks & Reinhart closing inhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42448The Oilers could get a few players back from injury this week. Rob Klinkhammer and Justin Schultz were the lone Oilers held out of practice on Monday. Matt Hendricks and Griffin Reinhart were among the recently injured to participate fully. Reinhart was paired with Eric Gryba, while Hendricks skated on the third line with Mark Letestu and Teddy Purcell. “I don’t really have an exact date,” said Hendricks. “I think it’s coming along well so I would guess pretty soon. Today was the best day I’ve had so far. I think having a day off yesterday and being able to just rest it, no rehab on it, no putting it in the skate, no real grind on it at all, it’s come along well. Hopefully here the next game, tomorrow or the next game after that.” Hendricks suffered a cut on his ankle from a blocked shot and has not played since October 17 in Calgary. Reinhart’s undisclosed injury has kept him out of the lineup since October 18. He has been activated off IR. “I’m pretty anxious to get back out there,” said Reinhart. “It’s not fun when you have to watch, but I think you can learn a lot from being up there and you see how much time and space you have and there’s a lot of time and space you have. There’s a lot of different parts to the game that look different up there than they do on the ice. I learned from that, but I’m obviously pretty excited to get back in a game.” If either of these players are available, it would signal the need for a roster move. Reinhart’s return would mean shuffling a blueline that includes a couple young players who are battling to stick in the lineup. Reinhart is one of them. “If Griffin can play tomorrow, there’s some question marks with the other guys,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “We’ll see how they feel after practice today but we’re getting deep and we’ll have to make decisions there.”Chris WescottMon, 02 Nov 2015 16:04:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644grif.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4244842448BLOG: McDavid named Rookie of Monthhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42421The NHL has named Oilers centre Connor McDavid the Rookie of the Month for October. McDavid leads all rookies in scoring this season with five goals and seven assists, for a total of 12 points. McDavid saw his point streak come to an end on Saturday against Calgary. He had been riding a streak of seven games with at least one point. In October, the 2015 first-overall pick posted three multi-point outings. McDavid leads a rookie class that has some firepower to it. Arizona’s Max Domi has 11 points in 11 games, including five goals. Chicago’s Artemi Panarin has 10 points in 11 games and five other players have seven or more points on the season. McDavid is second on the Oilers in scoring through 12 games.Chris WescottMon, 02 Nov 2015 14:00:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151018_OilersFlames11.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4242142421BLOG: Monday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42444The Oilers are on the ice for Monday’s practice at Rexall. Jordan Eberle, Lauri Korpikoski, Matt Hendricks and Griffin Reinhart are all skating this morning. Rob Klinkhammer and Justin Schultz are not on the ice. Reinhart has been taken off IR. With the first few rushes, the lines looked as follows: Hall-RNH-Draisaitl Pouliot-McDavid-Yakupov Hendricks-Letestu-Purcell Gazdic-Lander-Pakarinen Korpikoski-Slepyshev-Eberle Defensive Pairings at Practice: Klefbom-Davidson Sekera-Fayne Nurse-Ference Reinhart-GrybaChris WescottMon, 02 Nov 2015 13:45:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644396-mcdavid.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4244442444BLOG: Hall is NHL's 3rd star of weekhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42418Oilers winger Taylor Hall has been named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week. Hall is currently the team’s leading scorer with 13 points through 12 games. He is tied for the team lead in goals (5) with Connor McDavid. For the week beginning on October 26 ending on November 1, Hall recorded seven points (2-5-7) in three games. Hall has points in five straight games, including his three-point night on October 31 against Calgary. In that five-game span, Hall has three goals and six assists for nine points.Chris WescottMon, 02 Nov 2015 12:00:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151031_ph3-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4241842418BLOG: Three for Frolikhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42411They say the third time’s a charm. For Calgary Flames forward Michael Frolik, that was the case for him tonight when he scored the game-winning goal for his team and walked away with a hat trick. “There was battle and I kind of came there for help and a little bit with the battle there too and just try to shoot it and it went in. Kind of a lucky goal but it was a big one,” said Frolik. The right-winger, who scored his first two goals in the first period, said he felt that the Flames effort was a hard fought battle against the Oilers. “I felt like it was good. I think they kind of came back but we kind of stuck with it. It was a big goal and hopefully this is going to get us going and hopefully we keep it rolling.”Meg TilleySun, 01 Nov 2015 01:01:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151031_ph2-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4241142411BLOG: Oilers shuffle lines at morning skatehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42359The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Calgary Flames. The team has shuffled up its lines: Hall - RNH - Draisaitl Pouliot - McDavid - Yakupov Korpikoski - Pakarinen - Purcell Gazdic - Lander - Letestu Extra: Slepyshev Nurse - Sekera Klefbom - Davidson Ference - Gryba Extras: Reinhart, FayneMarc CiampaSat, 31 Oct 2015 12:36:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644396-practice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4235942359Video and audio from Friday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42348edmontonoilers.com staffFri, 30 Oct 2015 14:38:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644396-pakarinen.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4234842348BLOG: Friday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42364The Oilers have opened practice at Rexall Place with some skating drills led by Dave Pelletier. There are only 13 skaters and two goalies on the ice at the start and lines haven’t been run. Goaltender Anders Nilsson is wearing some new retro-style brown pads today. Injured players Lauri Korpikoski, Matt Hendricks, Jordan Eberle and Griffin Reinhart are all on the iceChris WescottFri, 30 Oct 2015 12:59:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151030_nilsson1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4236442364BLOG: Oilers shock Canadienshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42346It was a comeback the Montreal Canadiens didn’t see coming. According to Canadiens Captain Max Pacioretty, it should also been a comeback that should never have been. “In the second period we got fancy, got all confident, stopped putting pucks on net,” he said. “Our game is putting pucks on net, working hard on the forecheck, digging for pucks, 50/50 battles, it wasn’t there after the first period and that’s on every one of us. We’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” After finishing the first period with a 3-0 lead, Pacioretty said that he and his teammates got too comfortable. “We’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen again. There’s not much to say other than that. We took our foot off the gas, we think we’re untouchable when we get up in the lead like that. But we have a game tomorrow, we’ve got to come back and prove that this was a fluke and that’s not our thing.”Meg TilleyFri, 30 Oct 2015 00:56:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151029_ph4-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4234642346BLOG: Petry on wearing a different jerseyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42319It’s his first time back playing at Rexall Place, and for former Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry, he recognizes the distinctive change. “For me it’s different coming into here and being on the visiting side of things, but I’ve got to approach it like every other game,” said the now Montreal Canadiens blueliner. “I got to catch up with some of the (Oilers) guys this morning and had some conversations with them and got that out of the way and now just to be prepared and ready to approach it like any other game.” It may be a bag of mixed emotions for the Canadiens defenceman tonight, but Petry is focused on the task at hand and said that his transition was fairly seamless when joining a new team. “I’ve played with some guys here and made the transition pretty easily, stepping into the locker room and then just the style of play seemed to fit my game.”Meg TilleyThu, 29 Oct 2015 16:49:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4231942319Schultz injury updatehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42336Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chairelli announced today, Justin Schultz (back) will be sidelined 2-4 weeks.edmontonoilers.com staffThu, 29 Oct 2015 15:00:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644schultjet.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4233642336BLOG: Hendricks getting closerhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42314Matt Hendricks skated with the entire team for the first time since a foot injury sidelined him on October 18. He's missed the last five games. Hendricks stated to the media following Thursday's morning skate that he feels he's anywhere from three to seven days away from a return to the lineup. Best case scenario for @MattHendy26's return from his foot/ankle injury is three to four days, but he says it could be up to a week. — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 29, 2015Marc CiampaThu, 29 Oct 2015 13:32:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/03/031714hendycelly.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4231442314Oilers recall Draisaitlhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42330The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have recalled centre Leon Draisaitl from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors. Draisaitl, 20, has appeared in six games with the Condors this season, posting two points (1G, 1A) and four penalty minutes. The 6’1”, 210-pound forward posted nine points (2G, 7A) and four penalty minutes in 37 games with the Oilers last season. The 6’1, 210-pound forward also appeared in 32 games with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Kelowna Rockets last season, recording 53 points (19G, 34A) and 25 penalty minutes. He also posted 28 points (10G, 18A) in 19 playoff games, leading the Rockets to the Memorial Cup Final. The Oilers also announced they have assigned winger Tyler Pitlick and defenceman Joey LaLeggia to the Condors. Forward Jordan Eberle has also been placed on long term injured reserve.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseThu, 29 Oct 2015 11:30:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151014_Draisaitl.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4233042330Video and audio from Monday's practice in Leduchttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42211edmontonoilers.com staffMon, 26 Oct 2015 15:24:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644-camp3-mcdavid-hall-purcell.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4221142211BLOG: On the day after, Oilers reflect on non-goalhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42217One day after being denied of what looked like a sure game-tying goal with 3.8 seconds left from certain camera angles, the Oilers were talking about moving on. “We have to shake it off. If we spend too much energy and focus on that, it’s in the past right now. We have a new game tomorrow and we’ll focus on that for sure,” said defenceman Oscar Klefbom. Coach McLellan added that he obviously wasn't happy with the call but felt it was important to compose himself. “I may be calm on the outside and not so happy on the inside but there’s nothing we’re going to do to change it. If we’re asking our team to have composure and to park situations or plays that maybe go against us — bad calls. We have to do the same as a management team and coaching staff. We’re not happy but we can move on.” The bench boss also played devil's advocate. “There can be a debate. I know if I was an L.A. King I’d be saying the right call was made. It can go either way. The call’s done, it’s over, we’ve moved on. Nothing we can do to change it now.”Marc CiampaMon, 26 Oct 2015 15:14:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/306quick.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4221742217BLOG: Injury Update on Justin Schultzhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42216Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz left the game on Sunday 8:18 into the second period and did not return. The Oilers didn't have any further clarification on the extent of Schultz's injury following practice in Leduc on Monday. “He had an evaluation this morning and we’re awaiting the results. He’s likely not playing tomorrow if he’s not on the plane so we’ll deal with it after that,” Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said, adding that as a result of not knowing the extent of the injury, the next steps haven't been decided such as whether the team might call another defenceman up. “Pete (Chiarelli) and I just met a couple minutes ago to discuss what the next step will be. We want to find out where Justin is before any decisions are made.” McLellan added that he has been happy with the play of Schultz so far, with the exception of one or two hiccups along the way. “Justin’s made strides for us all throughout training camp. He had a little bit of a setback against Washington but real good strides. His game is improving defensively. He’s trying to figure out the offensive part of it but I think he’s an important piece to our potential success now and moving forward. We’d like to see him get healthy and back as quick as possible.” With Schultz's injury coming partway through the game on Sunday, the rest of the five healthy blueliners had to step it up. Oscar Klefbom was asked about losing his defence partner. “Obviously yesterday it was tough to lose Justin. He’s one of the best defencemen, I think, on this team. It’s tough without him but we have eight good defencemen who are ready to go every night so we’ll be fine,” said Klefbom. The Oilers defenceman did add that he’s glad to be getting some additional power play time. In fact, his unit was on the ice when the Oilers scored the tying goal late in the third period on Sunday night against the Kings. “It felt good to be on the ice and it was a nice goal. I felt pretty bad it wasn’t enough to go to overtime.” McLellan touched on the team's decision at the start of camp to carry eight defencemen. It's a decision that right now is paying off with two injured. “Eight’s not ideal but eight sometimes is important when it comes to injury, when it comes to developing young defencemen. We talked about asset management with Brandon Davidson and when you have a veteran that’s sometimes not playing like Andrew’s been in that situation, it makes it tough for him and it’s not always pleasant,” McLellan began. “But he’s handled it rather well. He’s a professional. Those are some of the headaches with eight. Some of the positives are that we get everybody involved in reps. We save a little bit of energy on them and we get a chance to figure out what we want to do as a group.”Marc CiampaMon, 26 Oct 2015 15:09:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644schultjet.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4221642216BLOG: Low-tempo practice walks through scenarioshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42218Monday's practice in Leduc was a lot more mental than physical, with the team walking through a bunch of scenarios that it found itself in over the past two games. Oilers head coach Todd McLellan talked about the need for the team to refresh itself on these situations and also grab a bit of a breather during a tough portion of the schedule. “We looked at where we were in the schedule and how many games we’ve played. We’ve had a taxing stretch and it’s not going to get any easier until the end of this week so we didn’t want to over-tax them physically. We wanted to challenge them mentally so we walked through some of the scenarios that we wanted to clean up,” he said. “We’d given up a couple of goals the last two games — important goals off neutral zone face-offs where our responsibilities really lacked. We cleaned up some things penalty kill so we walked through that and a couple game-specific drills for what we think Minnesota might throw at us.” McLellan added that these types of drills are nothing new to his coaching repertoire but perhaps they're required a little more often just given the players' familiarity with his strategies. “We’d be doing it in San Jose. Now that group was seven years in some of them, they could do it in their sleep. This group is still learning to trust each other. Everybody has a good idea of what they’re supposed to be doing but as soon as one guy doesn’t quite get his job done, the trust breaks down and everybody’s trying to cover up and it leads to more mistakes.”Marc CiampaMon, 26 Oct 2015 15:06:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644-mclellan-hall.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4221842218BLOG: Reinhart injury updatehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42219Defenceman Griffin Reinhart took part in a full practice for the first time since suffering his injury and moved one step closer to returning to the lineup. “Griffin won’t be playing in Minnesota (Tuesday) but he’s getting close. You saw our practice today, it wasn’t a real active practice but he’ll get work in after,” said Coach McLellan. Reinhart said he's hoping to return soon and hopes that the birds-eye perspective he's had for a handful of games helps him as well. “It’s getting closer. It’s not very fun watching, but at the same time, from up top the game looks different. You can learn a lot from up there and sometimes you feel like you’re getting better from watching. But hopefully (I) get back in the lineup pretty soon.” The former Oil Kings blueliner was most frustrated with the fact that he was just starting to establish himself in the Oilers lineup when the injury occurred. “It’s kind of unfortunate, just starting to kick my career off and getting three games in a row. I felt like I was getting better every game and it’s kind of a setback but it shouldn’t be anything too hard to overcome.” One positive, if there is any, is that the injury is one that Reinhart has had before so he's familiar with the recovery process. “I’ve had this injury before but it’s not something where surgery is required or it’s a chronic injury. It’s usually about the same timeline that I’m on right now. I guess I’m used to playing with it a little bit so that’s good for me. I know how to prepare for it and settle it down.” Griffin added that he is looking forward to getting back together with the team as he will be on the plane to Minnesota and will skate at Morning Skate at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. “It’ll be nice. It kind of sucks going in early in the morning and practicing by yourself — or with Ebs too — but not even being out with them. It’s been a bit distant from the guys so it’ll be nice getting back with them.”Marc CiampaMon, 26 Oct 2015 15:05:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644grif.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4221942219BLOG: Oilers on the ice in Leduchttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42213The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Leduc prior to departure for Minnesota. Justin Schultz is not on the ice but seven other defencemen are: Brandon Davidson, Eric Gryba, Oscar Klefbom, Andrej Sekera, Andrew Ference and Griffin Reinhart. Reinhart is skating with the team at a full practice for the first time since his injury. Forward lines are the same as last game: Hall-RNH-Klinkhammer Pouliot-Yakupov-McDavid Korpikoski-Lander-Purcell Gazdic-Letestu-Pakarinen/SlepyshevMarc CiampaMon, 26 Oct 2015 12:52:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644-camp3-purcell.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4221342213BLOG: Kings overturn Oilers courthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42209It was a game that kept fans on the edge of their seats. With less than seven minutes left in the game, Oilers Taylor Hall managed tie up the game on a power play, but the Kings were quick to answer and ended up walking away with a 3-2 win. “Obviously we had some chances too to get a cushion but we couldn’t score. It felt like we were playing our game though, sticking to our game plan,” said Los Angeles Kings Anze Kopitar. Having now won five games in a row, Tanner Pearson says it looks like the team has adjusted its sails from their first three losses and are getting into their groove. “Obviously we got off to a slow start at the beginning of the year, but I think we’ve learned from that,” said Pearson. Kopitar agrees with his teammate. “We’re playing our game. Obviously when we’re going good, our specialty is going good. Minus the goal we gave up on the PK but again we came out with the big power-play goal by sticking to our system,” he said. “We know how we have to play too when tie games like these and we stuck to our game plan really well.”Meg TilleyMon, 26 Oct 2015 01:30:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151025_OilersKings3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4220942209BLOG: Evaluating McDavid’s first nine gameshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42194With rookies, there’s a decision to be made at the nine-game mark, whether or not to send them to the minors or keep them in the NHL. With Connor McDavid, there’s no conversation and no decision to be made. The 2015 first-overall pick has earned the right to stay in the NHL and isn’t going anywhere. “It’s made,” Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan joked about the team’s decision regarding McDavid and the nine-game window. “We can clarify that. It’s made.” McDavid, in his nine games, has nine points. He has scored five goals and added four assists. The rookie is riding a five game point streak and has points in six of his last seven games. McLellan talked about McDavid’s first nine NHL games, following the team’s 3-2 loss to Los Angeles. “The young man has experienced a lot already in his career,” said McLellan. “If you look at it in a nine-game perspective, you start on the road in some tough buildings, the team plays well enough to be in games but doesn’t win. He feels a lot of pressure on himself because he hasn’t scored. Finally, he gets one and gives himself permission, I believe, to really get going. He’s been a dynamic player ever since. He’s dangerous every time he’s on the ice. I think he’s getting much wiser to the pace and what he can and can’t get away with. It’s fun to watch him. He energizes a lot of our players right now.” McDavid assisted on the Oilers first goal against LA and nearly potted the game winner with 3.8 seconds left. McDavid is tied for the lead in rookie scoring with Arizona’s Max Domi (3-6-9 in eight games).Chris WescottMon, 26 Oct 2015 01:18:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151018_OilersFlames11.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4219442194BLOG: LA Kings Toffoli on keeping momentumhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42204He’s scored five goals in four wins with the Los Angeles Kings, but Tyler Toffoli says the team is still looking to find their groove. “We’re finding our game slowly. It’s early in the season so we know what we have to do, we have to keep working hard, dig it in here and find some more wins,” said the Kings centre. Keeping a level head, the Kings, who are 4-3-0, are gearing up to play the Oilers tonight. “I’m just trying to do my best, help the team win games and whatever that means. Just trying to do the best on the ice and go from there,” said Toffoli. “I think the same time last year I did the same thing, had a good start and kind of, my game trailed off, so I’ve got to find a way to keep it going and find ways to win games here.” It’s a long season ahead, and Toffoli says the team has kept their cool by not overreacting when rebounding from their three losses to gain four wins. They’re taking one game at a time and are analyzing what they have to do to come out with a win over the Oilers. “They’re really skilled, they’ve got a good team. We’ve got to be ready to go right from the drop of the puck. Take away their speed and their skill and play our game,” said Toffoli.Meg TilleySun, 25 Oct 2015 16:05:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/kings/images/upload/2013/03/126147923.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4220442204Saturday's video and audiohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42176Chris WescottSat, 24 Oct 2015 15:24:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/306mcd1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4217642176BLOG: Anton’s quiet gamehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42184Anton Lander had, by all accounts, a very good training camp and pre-season. He led the Oilers in scoring with five goals and six total points. However, so far through eight games, Lander has been held scoreless in the regular season. Head Coach Todd McLellan says you have to look past the boxscore to evaluate Landers performance. “You have to watch Anton fairly close to understand his contributions. A good camp for him is three goals in one game and all that type of stuff. I don’t think he’s that type of player consistently so we don’t evaluate him that way. You have to look at faceoffs, you have to look at his ability to penalty kill, be responsible on the ice. You’re not going to drive home at night and get all excited about Anton and the plays and the smoothness in his game but if you go back and watch it again you’ll appreciate the details he has defending, doing some of the little things, taking and giving direction on the ice. He’s one of the few guys that actually is fairly vocal all the time, which is nice. He does do some things there.” Lander played 19:54 against Washington on Friday night. He was even for the game with four shots on goal in the 7-4 loss.Chad HudsonSat, 24 Oct 2015 15:20:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/20150930_Lander1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4218442184BLOG: Klinkhammer’s opportunityhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42185Rob Klinkhammer has been given the opportunity to play with two highly skilled players in Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He made the most of it on Friday night by scoring his first goal of the season, tipping in a centring feed from Hall. What made the goal sweeter for Klinkhammer is that it was his chance for a little redemption. “I felt it hit me. It hit my stick pretty hard. It’s kind of why I had that celebration,” said Klinkhammer. “I was pretty happy after it because that got me back to even on the night. That first PK goal was 100% my fault. It was a breakdown by me so it felt good to get back to even on the night.” Klinkhammer is enjoying providing some size and heaviness to the top line. “It’s great, obviously. Those two players are unbelievable,” he said. “They’re very creative, very high-skilled, two of the best players in the league. I’ve just got to keep up with them. I can’t slow those guys down. Get them the puck and get to the front of the net, kind of like last week.”Chris WescottSat, 24 Oct 2015 15:19:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150328_klink.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4218542185BLOG: Saturday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42174The Oilers have hit the ice for practice at Rexall Place. The forward lines remain the same, except for one small tweak. Iiro Pakarinen is on the right on the fourth line with Anton Slepyshev rotating in. Hall-RNH-Klinkhammer Pouliot-McDavid-Yakupov Korpikoski-Lander-Purcell Gazdic-Letestu-Pakarinen/Slepyshev Reinhart is not participating.Chris WescottSat, 24 Oct 2015 13:13:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644396-pakarinen.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4217442174Video and audio from Thursday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42097edmontonoilers.com staffThu, 22 Oct 2015 18:07:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4209742097Oilers recall Pakarinen, assign Millerhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42128The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have recalled winger Iiro Pakarinen from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors. Pakarinen, 24, has appeared in four games this season, posting three points (1G, 2A) and four penalty minutes. The Loviisa, Finland native posted three points (1G, 2A) in 17 games with the Oilers last season. He scored his first career National Hockey League goal on November 7 against the Buffalo Sabres. The Oilers also announced they have assigned winger Andrew Miller to the Bakersfield Condors.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseThu, 22 Oct 2015 17:30:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151022_pakarinen644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4212842128BLOG: Yakupov's Rewardhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42130Oilers winger Nail Yakupov has been given an opportunity to play in the top six and he has run with it. Yakupov has points in four of the last five games and three straight. In that span, the 22-year-old has posted two goals and four assists for six points. “He’s starting to figure out what will make him successful,” said Yakupov’s linemate Benoit Pouliot. “He’s going to the right spot, he’s doing the right things and you can see the success he’s having now. He’s getting much better at being more consistent, and following the game plan. I think it helps us. It helps me and (Connor) McDavid a lot.” Yakupov didn’t start camp or the regular season in the role he has now, but he moved up the ranks due to injury and circumstance. He has earned more of an opportunity with good play along the way. His setup of Mark Letestu in last night’s win over Detroit was a nice play and a smart decision in his own end led to McDavid’s highlight-reel goal later in the game. “I think he’s earned it. It’s not me rewarding him. It’s him rewarding himself for some really good play and the ability to create on that line,” said Head Coach Todd McLellan. “That line has been very reliable, it’s been dynamic, it’s been good offensively and, more importantly, it’s been fairly good defensively. He should feel good about himself, he should feel good about his linemates, and they should want to keep this alive. That’s their goal now, to keep this line alive, to keep it energized and productive. I believe that Yak’s offence right now is coming from good defensive positioning by his linemates and by him, taking care of responsibilities away from the puck and thus creating opportunities offensively.”Chris WescottThu, 22 Oct 2015 16:32:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/08/20150818_YakupovTEST.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4213042130BLOG: Thursday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42118Following their 3-1 win last night over Detroit, the Oilers have hit the ice for Thursday's practice. Line Combinations: Hall-RNH-Klinkhammer Pouliot-McDavid-Yakupov Korpikoski-Lander-Purcell Gazdic-Letestu-Slepyshev/Miller Defence: Klefbom-Schultz Sekera-Fayne Ference-Gryba Davidson rotating in, while Reinhart is absent.Chris WescottThu, 22 Oct 2015 13:18:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151009_practice1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4211842118BLOG: Zetterberg on Red Wings loss at Rexall Placehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42093Though the Red Wings and Oilers kept pace with each other, Edmonton ended up walking away with the 3-1 win tonight. “Those two quick goals there for them hurt us,” said Henrik Zetterberg when reflecting on the nights events. After Oilers Mark Letestu lit up the scoreboard mid-way through the first period, Connor McDavid and Teddy Purcell followed suit in the second, scoring just 30 seconds apart from one another. “I think in the first there we had five shots but it felt like we had a lot more. We felt pretty good after the first period,” said the left-winger. “It was a pretty tight game the whole way. They’re playing with some better structure and when they get the odd-man rushes — you can’t give them that — they’re really good.” Progress always involves risk and Zetterberg says that some adjustments have been made, and will continue to be made, until they find the right chemistry that works. “We tried to change it up a bit today, tried to play a little different, we’ve got to get more shots though and the power play has to be better. We know what has to be done and what has to be better and we just have to keep going at it.”Meg TilleyThu, 22 Oct 2015 01:49:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151021_ph5-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4209342093BLOG: Zetterberg on coach Blashill and rookie Larkinhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42090As Oilers radio play-by-play host Jack Michaels said, Dylan Larkin is “the first teenager to crack the Red Wings line-up in 25 years.” “He has all the tools,” said Henrik Zetterberg. Selected 15th overall by Detroit in the 2014 NHL Draft, Larkin has already posted two goals and added four assists for the team this season. “He’s a great skater first of all, but he knows how to play the game. He’s more mature than a 19-year-old. He’s older, both on and off the ice and it shows.” From a new linemate to a new coach, Zetterberg says it’s been a bit of a backwards adjustment for the veterans on the team. “Half the team here had (Blashill) in Grand Rapids so they recognize all the drills in practice right away,” said the veteran player. “It’s us older guys that have to restart our brains in practice. We’ve been doing the same drills for 10 years and now we have totally new drills in practice, that’s the change.” However, Zetterberg says that although there has been change, keeping their rhythm hasn’t “It’s a new voice. That’s the biggest thing for us guys, especially guys who have been here a long time with Mike, but system-wise it’s pretty similar,” said Zetterberg. “Maybe a little more offensive allowed, but overall it’s not that big a difference.”Meg TilleyWed, 21 Oct 2015 17:13:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151021_Zetterberg.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4209042090Video and audio from Tuesday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42036edmontonoilers.com staffTue, 20 Oct 2015 16:16:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151012_prac6441.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4203642036BLOG: Road wins provide confidence boosthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42063The Oilers players and coaches couldn't rest easy with just moral victories as they played well against tough opposition but couldn’t get a win through the first four games of the season. This past weekend, the Oilers went on the road and took down two Pacific Division opponents in their arenas. Edmonton cruised by Calgary 5-2 on Saturday and beat Vancouver in overtime on Sunday. Those are the kind of wins the team hopes can lead to more confidence, more production and more positivity moving forward. “It definitely helps out our team, confidence wise,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “I thought those were two really good games for us. We were pretty consistent throughout both those games. It’s something that we’ve obviously been working on this year, consistency in our play, and we showed that the last two games and against two rivals like that. Getting wins in their building is big for us.” Head Coach Todd McLellan talked about the team working hard and needing a reward for that work. They got two this weekend and look for a third tomorrow night against Detroit.Chris WescottTue, 20 Oct 2015 16:03:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644korps.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4206342063BLOG: Hall finding a rhythmhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42042Taylor Hall has been finding a rhythm these last few games. To start the season, Hall and the Oilers were searching for offence. Hall had nine shots on goal in Nashville, but couldn’t find the back of the net as Pekka Rinne shut out the Oil. In Dallas the next game, the Oilers top left winger managed two shots on goal and ended the game still looking for his first points. Since then, Hall is +4 in the last three games and has two goals and two assists as Edmonton is coming off its first two victories. “I think he’s a little more sure of himself,” said Head Coach Todd McLellan. “He can be more aggressive, he can be skating through checks, bullying through the net, throwing pucks on the net. He’s been quite responsible defensively. There’s a lot of positive signs in his game right now. I thought earlier, when it wasn’t going quite well for him, there was a sense of frustration that held him back. I don’t see that as much anymore. He’s been effective for us, obviously.” The last few games have been an encouraging sign for Hall and the team as a whole. They have a tough test at home against Detroit tomorrow night. “You play well, you do some really good things in your game but you don’t get wins and that doesn’t count for much in this league,” said Hall. “It’s nice to get a couple wins, not only for our team but for our fan base. Hopefully, it’s a good atmosphere tomorrow night (against the Red Wings). I think we’re starting to really feel ourselves out and play our game.”Chris WescottTue, 20 Oct 2015 16:02:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151015_ph5-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4204242042BLOG: Tuesday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42035The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Freshly recalled Andrew Miller is skating in dark blue with the top six forwards. Line combinations: Hall-RNH-Miller Pouliot-McDavid-Yakupov Korpikoski-Lander-Purcell Gazdic-Letestu-Klinkhammer (Slepyshev rotating in) Defence: Griffin Reinhart is not on the ice. Klefbom-Schultz Sekera-Fayne Ference-Gryba DavidsonChris WescottTue, 20 Oct 2015 13:41:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151009_practice1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4203542035BLOG: Oilers recall Miller, Hendricks placed on IRhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42016The Oilers announced that they have recalled winger Andrew Miller from the AHL Bakersfield Condors. In four games, Miller has a goal and two assists for three points, including the first-ever goal in Condors history. In the corresponding move, they placed forward Matt Hendricks (foot) on injured reserve.Marc CiampaMon, 19 Oct 2015 17:11:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644condorsgriffins-miller.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4201642016Video and audio from today's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=41942edmontonoilers.com staffFri, 16 Oct 2015 15:36:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151007_McLellan.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4194241942