Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins remarked that he was still undecided on which of his two goaltenders was going to get the start tomorrow (Tuesday) at home against the Vancouver Canucks.
“We’re going to play it by ear here based on our feel, their feel, who we’re playing, their last performance. We haven’t made the decision for tomorrow yet. It is audition time.”
Eakins talked about the fact that there's now 31 games left in the season and both Oilers goaltenders have their contracts expiring at the end of the season.
“It’s a great opportunity for both guys on a team that’s struggling to show what they can do by themselves. Both guys don’t have contracts for next year," the head coach began. "I’m not speaking out of turn, I’ve already said this to both of them. You guys have unbelievable opportunities, not only here with our organization but you’ll have all eyes on you when free agency starts as well. That’s the one position, if you could get real hot and do some things on your own — which you can do as a goalie — I think the opportunity may be even greater on a team that’s been struggling.”
The bench boss was asked whether the two goaltenders would be splitting the duties the rest of the way, but again he said that depends on perfomance.
“If we did it overall, I would guess that it would be fairly close to even but I’m not going to go back and forth. I hope they both have good stretches where they get hot.”
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins gave his thoughts on Saturday's Calgary/Vancouver incident, which saw Canucks head coach John Tortorella try and get into the Flames dressing room in the first intermission following a line brawl that occurred two seconds into the game.
"I’ve never seen a coach try to get in the room. I’ve seen instances where players are coming off the ice in similar vicinities trying to get at each other. It’s an emotional game. Everyone’s different, everyone carries their emotions differently. I think it’s a long day for the league. Those are the guys I feel for today, the guys that have to put down the judgement. That was some interesting TV, to put it lightly."
Eakins was asked if he would ever dress his fourth line to start a game.
“I would have done both things. It depends on where you’re at in the standings, how was your last game against them, how has your team been playing lately, how important are the points to you," the head coach began. " Because there’s two ways to go about it. You can come flying out with your most skilled guys — or maybe you come out with your second line saying ‘you’re going to do that? Maybe we’ll go up 1-0 right now and we’ll see how you like that’.
"Or you could come out swinging your guns and see what happens. You have to have a feel for your team. I don’t have a clue where Bob Hartley was with his team, I don’t have a clue where John Tortorella was with his team. I could look at the standings but until you’re right in it, on one team or the other, it’s hard for me to give an opinion. My answer is, I would do both. It all depends on where we were at with the team and what our relationship was with the other team."
The Edmonton Oilers are back on the ice at Rexall Place today. The lines are:
Nail Yakupov (head injury) and Ales Hemsky (foot) are not on the ice. There are eight defencemen on the ice, however, including Corey Potter (groin injury) and Philip Larsen (illness).
Oilers lines; Hall-RNH-Eberle, Perron-Gagner-Jones, Smyth-Gordon-Hendricks, Joensuu-Arcobello-Gazdic— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) January 20, 2014
The Edmonton Oilers are on the ice for practice at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. Nail Yakupov is not skating with the team, meaning that the lines have been shuffled:
Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Perron - Gagner - Jones
Smyth - Gordon - Hendricks
Gazdic - Arcobello - Joensuu
MTS Centre practice lines...Hall-RNH-Eberle, Perron-Gagner-Jones, Smyth-Gordon-Hendricks, Gazdic-Arcobello-Joensuu. No Yakupov.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) January 17, 2014
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Out: Larsen (illness), Potter (groin), Joensuu (flu), Hemsky (foot)
Hendricks will play 3rd line LW with Perron moving to right side. All other lines same as last two games. pic.twitter.com/Wanwan8cSb— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) January 17, 2014
Via the Oilers official Twitter account, head coach Dallas Eakins confirmed that Ben Scrivens will be getting his first start as an Oiler tonight in Minnesota.
Coach Eakins confirms Scrivens starts tonight for #Oilers.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 16, 2014
Oilers TV and 630 CHED have been busy interviewing the key players in the deal. Check our list below for content, including audio, video and editorial.
- Devan Dubnyk talks to the media about the trade
- Bob McKenzie gives his assessment of the deal (and talks CHL Top Prospects)
- Darren Dreger talks about the trade and potential future moves for Edmonton
- Ben Scrivens Highlight Reel
- Matt Hendricks Highlight Reel
- Oilers GM Craig MacTavish with Tom Gazzola
- Ben Scrivens with 630 CHED's Reid Wilkins
- Matt Hendricks talks to Oilers TV's Tom Gazzola
- Devan Dubnyk speaks to the media
Newly-acquired Oiler Matt Hendricks is somewhat of a shootout specialist, having gone 9-for-17 (52.9%) in his career. His best season was 2011-12 when he went 5-for-6.
Watch the YouTube video embedded below for some of his more memorable shootout attempts.