BLOGS
POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.1.2015 / 12:39 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate in Anaheim. Forward lines are:

Pouliot-RNH-Eberle
Purcell-Roy-Yakupov
Hall-Lander-Miller
Gazdic-Klinkhammer-Fraser

Matt Hendricks and Boyd Gordon are the extras. On the second rush, Hendricks came in to play the middle instead of Klinkhammer on the fourth line.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.1.2015 / 10:00 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced this morning that goaltender Richard Bachman has left the team due to a death in the family. The team has recalled goaltender Tyler Bunz from the OKC Barons on an emergency basis.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.30.2015 / 11:43 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate in Denver and it doesn't appear like they will have any significant lineup changes at first glance. Forward lines look the same as last game against Dallas:

Pouliot - RNH - Eberle
Purcell - Roy - Yakupov
Hall - Lander - Miller
Gazdic - Klinkhammer - Fraser
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 12:41 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oklahoma City Barons, who have been decimated by injury and call-ups in recent days, made some moves to try and turn the tide.

They added Oilers prospect Jackson Houck, who had played the season with the WHL's Vancouver Giants on an Amateur tryout agreement. Houck was drafted by Edmonton in the fourth round in 2013.

The Barons also added three players from the ECHL's Brampton Beast on pro tryout agreements: David Ling, Brett Lyon and Jason Pitton.

Ling, 40, had nine goals and 38 points in 37 games with Brampton. He had a career-high 88 points with St. John's in the AHL in 2004-05 and has played 93 career NHL games. He plays right wing.

Pitton, 28, previously played in the Oilers organization from 2009-2011 including stints in Stockton and Springfield. He had 22 goals and 40 points in 60 games with Brampton. He plays left wing.

Lyon, 24, is also a left winger. He had 17 points in 56 games with Brampton and Allen in the ECHL. He also had a whopping 288 penalty minutes. He has previous AHL experience with Abbotsford and Utica and played four seasons in the WHL.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 10:42 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have placed Ryan Hamilton on waivers for the purpose of assignment.

From the team's official press release:

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have placed winger Ryan Hamilton on waivers for the purpose of assignment.

Hamilton, 29, appeared in 16 games for the Oilers registering two points (1G, 1A), including his first career National Hockey League goal on February 10th against the New York Islanders.

The 6-2’, 219-pound forward has registered 29 points (15G, 14A) and six penalty minutes in 32 games with the Barons this season.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 11:42 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The NHL has suspended Leafs forward Nazem Kadri four games for his hit to the head of Oilers winger Matt Fraser.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.15.2015 / 2:16 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

VIDEO: PRACTICE: Sunday at Rexall Place | RAW: Todd Nelson | RAW: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
AUDIO: Todd Nelson | Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Prior to practice on Sunday, Taylor Hall skated on his own and then helped warm up the goaltenders. Coach Nelson said that he will skate with the team for the first time on Monday at morning skate prior to the game against the Leafs.

“He’s going to skate with us tomorrow. We’ll see how he feels,” said Nelson.

The coach was also asked if, when Hall returns, he'll assume his usual spot on the right side half boards on the power play, considering how well the team has played with the man advantage since Hall's been injured (28.1%, #1 in the NHL). Nelson said he didn't want to jump to any conclusions for a decision that will be made down the road.

“A lot of things can happen over the next few games with personnel, guys get injured and what-not. I like where Nuge is right now and we’ll try to make it fit, if everybody is healthy, with Taylor on one of the two units.”

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.15.2015 / 2:09 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Since Todd Nelson took over behind the Oilers bench as interim head coach, the team's power play has been outstanding. The team had a 12.0% overall power play success rating (and 4.7% on the road) with only 13 total goals scored (2 on the road).

“I think at the start of the year we were getting a lot of chances and we just couldn’t score. You start holding on to the puck too long and that really hurt us. Now lately, we go out there with a lot of confidence, feeling like we’re going to score. Putting a lot of pucks on the net, working hard and winning battles,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the team's much-improved play with the man advantage.

Since Nelson, the team's power play has been running along at a 25.0% clip with 23 goals on 92 opportunities. The best power play in the entire NHL -- the Detroit Red Wings -- are at 25.3%. On the road, that power play has been 29.5%.

“I think the personnel, the units that we have, they’re working well together," said Nelson. "Our challenge from our staff is to outwork their penalty kill. I think Craig Ramsay’s done a great job of preparing them but the message is to keep it simple, get pucks going to the net, get traffic and try to outwork their penalty kill.”

The power play has gotten even better since the all-star break. In that six-week stretch, the Oilers have the best power play in the entire NHL by a significant margin at 28.1%. On the road, it's even better at 34.2%.

It's all the more amazing when it's considered that they have accomplished this all without Taylor Hall, the team's usual leading power-play point-getter who was injured coming out of the break.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.15.2015 / 10:44 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

VIDEO: PRACTICE: Sunday at Rexall Place | RAW: Todd Nelson | RAW: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
AUDIO: Todd Nelson | Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place after returning late Friday night from their five-game road trip through the Northeastern U.S.

Tyler Pitlick is on the ice wearing a non-contact yellow jersey. The forward lines are:

Pouliot - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Purcell - Roy - Yakupov
Hendricks - Lander - Fraser
Gazdic/Hamilton - Gordon - Klinkhammer

There are seven defencemen on the ice: Nikitin, Ference, Klefbom, Marincin, Schultz, Aulie and Fayne.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 9:02 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Bakersfield Condors announced this evening that their name will remain the Condors when they move into the American Hockey League next season.

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