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POSTED ON Tuesday, 18.11.2014 / 4:27 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Last season, the Oilers spent a good chunk of their time at the white board during practice. It was part of the process set forth by Head Coach Dallas Eakins and his staff. Now that a lot of the teaching and fundamentals are covered, the team spends less time at the board and more sweating it out on the ice.

“That’s the biggest thing changing from last year to this year in practice,” Eakins said. “We spent a ton of time at the board trying to correct the fundamental mistakes of what we were doing in the drill or explaining the drill and what the critical point is. We’ve been now set up with, right from the start of training camp, where we did a lot of teaching through camp and our guys understand the critical aspects of the fundamentals. We’re still working on them, but our practices are now pedal to the metal. They’re quick, they’re fast and, I don’t know if you were watching today, they’re exhausting for some guys. It’s the process of a team that’s trying to grow. You have to teach first and now the mandate is to play fast and to play quick. We need to continue to get better at that.”

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 18.11.2014 / 4:27 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have shown they can play with teams, but they’re still trying to find a way to win with consistency. Head Coach Dallas Eakins says it’s time for the team to turn the dial up a notch and take that next step towards yielding results.

“It’s time for us to turn up the volume a little bit,” Eakins said. “We’ve been talking about it a lot lately and not being OK with being close. I think that was the next step for our club after the season we had last year. It was that we’ve got to be in the game, the chances have to be close, we have to be close in the game and feel that we’re playing well. Now, we’re certainly worthy of the points. If I was to compare last year to this year, last year our volume was at two and we needed to get it to eight to win. The volume is now at six or seven and we need to get it to eight. That’s the mandate from inside the room and from us as coaches that, to a man, we need to turn the volume up a little bit. Whether it’s a little bit more intelligence, a little bit more work or a little bit more of reading the critical time of the game, whatever that is to turn the volume up a notch or two is going to take us over into getting the points. Playing well and being close, that’s not good enough anymore.”

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 18.11.2014 / 1:41 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have taken the ice for practice at the Royal Glenora Club.

Line combinations:

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Pouliot-Draisaitl-Purcell (Pinizzotto)
Perron-Arcobello-Yakupov
Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu (Gazdic)

The Oilers are mixing up the defensive pairings as practice continues.

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POSTED ON Monday, 17.11.2014 / 4:23 PM
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POSTED ON Monday, 17.11.2014 / 4:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled forward Steve Pinizzotto from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.

Pinizzotto, 30, has posted six assists and 40 penalty minutes in nine games with Oklahoma City this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 17.11.2014 / 1:38 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have taken the ice at Rexall Place for their Monday practice.

The line combinations are as follows:

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Pouliot-Draisaitl-Purcell
Perron-Arcobello-Yakupov
Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu

Gazdic is wearing grey with the fourth line.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 16.11.2014 / 8:40 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers took line rushes during warm ups and the combinations were as follows:

Pouliot-RNH-Eberle
Hall-Arcobello-Perron
Purcell-Draisaitl-Yakupov
Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu

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POSTED ON Sunday, 16.11.2014 / 3:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have assigned defenceman Oscar Klefbom and winger Iiro Pakarinen to the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.

Forward Taylor Hall has also been taken off the injured reserve list.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 15.11.2014 / 4:59 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Saturday, 15.11.2014 / 4:42 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Jordan Eberle scored his 100th career NHL goal on Thursday night against Ottawa, 291 games into his career with the Oilers. A frequent linemate of his, Taylor Hall, has 98 through 257.

The two may not have been in a race to the first 100 but, considering as they are so close, they might have a friendly competition for the next.

“I think I’ve probably played 15 or 20 more games than him, but he was actually joking around that we should race to 200 now,” Eberle said. “It’s good. I think when you have friendly competition like that, I think you definitely rival (each other) a little bit. I think you probably look at all of his goals and there’s quite a few passes I’ve given him backdoor for tap-ins and vice versa. We look for each other out there and it’s fun when we play with each other too.”

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