Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins provided his thoughts on the dismissal of goaltending coach Freddie Chabot following practice Monday in Leduc:
"It's the nature of the business. Sometimes it's not always right but sometimes it's necessary. We wish Freddie well. He's a hard-working guy. We believe he'll land on two feet and we're thankful for his service to our organization."
Eakins also spoke about Dustin Schwartz, who replaces Chabot as goaltending coach.
"It's just to the point where we've been struggling at the position and we felt that we needed to do a correction there," he said. "Right or wrong, it's the nature of the beast and not always fair but I'm taking it personally, our players are taking it personally and our goaltenders are taking it personally."
Following practice on Monday in Leduc, Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens met with the media and spoke about goaltending coach Fred Chabot getting relieved of his duties.
"It's a terrible day," Scrivens began. "Vik and I, we both feel terribly about what's happened. Neither of us will come out here and say we're pleased with our performances so far this season. As an individual, I've got to elevate my game and I thought I was working hard to do that and still feel I'm on the right path but it's unfortunate."
Scrivens felt responsible for what ended up happening to Chabot.
"I take it personally that Freddie took responsibility for the work that Vik and I had done," he continued. "Whether it's fair or not, it's something that happened. For Vik and I we've got to keep working hard and got to stop some pucks."
The Oilers goalie also has a history with new goalie coach Dustin Schwartz, dating back to his days with the Spruce Grove Saints.
"He's a great guy," said Scrivens. "Great man, great husband and father. Good character guy. Works extremely hard. I had the pleasure of working with him during the summer a couple of times. He's a real student of the game but demands a high level of execution and work ethic. I'm excited to be working with Schwartzie but obviously not thrilled for Freddie that it had to end up like this."
Ference - Petry
Marincin - Fayne
Aulie (Nikitin) - Schultz
Hall-RNH-Eberle. Purcell-Arcobello-Perron. Joensuu(Gazdic)-Draisaitl-Yakupov. Hendricks-Gordon-Pinizzotto. Lines in Leduc this morning.— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) November 24, 2014
Ference - Petry. Marincin - Fayne. Aulie (Nikitin) - Schultz on D today.— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) November 24, 2014
Viktor Fasth starts in goal.
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled winger Luke Gazdic from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.
Gazdic, 25, posted two goals and seven penalty minutes in five games with Oklahoma City during his conditioning assignment.
The Oilers held a moment of silence on this Remembrance Day at 11:00 a.m. Coach Eakins spoke about it prior to his pre-game media availability.
"(Today is) a day where our organization honours those who have served and sacrificed on our behalf to keep us safe. Our team, organized by our captain Andrew Ference, had a moment of silence at 11 o'clock this morning which, again, shows Andrew's leadership and our group's dedication to the military," said Eakins. "So thank you for that."
David Perron expanded on the coach's comments.
"It's just awesome what they do for us and what all the people did for us back in the day," he said. "It's actually amazing. I read on Twitter this morning about the 11 o'clock thing. We had a little moment of silence before practice thinking about everything that's been done and it's a good day for everyone."
Oilers winger Taylor Hall, who has missed the last four games with a sprained MCL and won't play again tonight, skated for the first time since his injury on Monday in Edmonton.
"Taylor and I touch base every few days," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. "He's coming along fine."
The head coach talked about liking the way his team has responded without their leading scorer.
"That goes to our depth," he said. "Craig's done a great job giving us more depth up front. We've got guys playing bigger roles so we're at least hopeful we can come out and survive it without our best player."
It looks like Marincin and Klefbom are both the odd men out on the blueline.
Don't be surprised if Dallas Eakins goes with Viktor Fasth for 3rd straight start. He is 4-0, 1.45 GAA, .943 SVP vs Nashville— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) November 11, 2014
Oilers winger Matt Hendricks returns to Nashville for the first time since he was traded to the Oilers last January.
Hendricks has now played more games as an Oiler (48) than he did as a Predator (44) and talked about his time in Edmonton so far.
“It’s been great. We’ve got a really good team," he said. "We’re building, constantly getting better and it’s been a lot of fun to be a part of that and hopefully it’s continued and we keep climbing the ladder."
This will be the fourth time that the Oilers have played the Preds since acquiring Hendricks. Edmonton won both meetings last year by a score of 5-1 but earlier this season the Predators prevailed 4-1 at Rexall Place.
"We got to play them a few times last year in Edmonton and beat them so that was a good time but we lost the last one in Edmonton. This is my first time back so it’ll be fun to come in here and beat them," said Hendricks.
Hendricks was also asked about how the Nashville squad's playing style has changed with new head coach Peter Laviolette.
"Their structure has changed. The way they play throughout the neutral zone is up-tempo. If they turn the puck over that leads to transition in a real hurry and that just leads to more offence.
"We have to be very good with the puck. We have to keep it on our stick. If we can’t make plays we’ve got to get it deep and go to work because if we turn it over, they’re going to come back the other way in a real hurry."
Oilers forward David Perron -- who didn't skate on Monday due to a maintenance day, but will play Tuesday -- talked after practice about how big of a test Tuesday's game in Nashville will be.
“It was really awesome to see the way we played yesterday, for sure," Perron began. "I think this next game will be a really big test. Buffalo’s a team, obviously we know where they are in the standings and the Rangers just played a really emotional game the night before. We all know back-to-backs when you have to travel are pretty hard. It’s not easy.”
The winger talked about the fact that if the Oilers want to take that next step, it's games like Friday in Buffalo and Sunday in New York that they should be winning on a very regular basis. Games like Tuesday where both teams are well rested, if they can start winning those more often it will be a true sign of progression.
“If we can put on that same performance next game against Nashville we’ll know we’re more for real than anything. It’s really nice to see those steps against the Rangers and against the Sabres but it’s points for me that we have to have when a team’s playing back-to-back like that.”