Taylor Hall, Benoit Pouliot and Jeff Petry are not skating. Forward lines are the same as last game:
No Hall or Pouliot at morning skate in Toronto. Looks like Teddy Purcell will play on the left side on the top line with RNH & Eberle.— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) February 7, 2015
- IN FOCUS | Road Ready
- PRACTICE RAW | Mark Fayne
- PRACTICE RAW | Rob Klinkhammer
- PRACTICE RAW | Todd Nelson
Todd Nelson was asked after practice about the team's continued improvement on the ice. After winning just seven of their first 36 games, the club is 7-7-2 in their last 16.
“It’s getting better. Every day we go out to practice we stress tempo, execution and compete," Nelson began. "Today’s practice was a good day for us. We had all those elements and the guys worked hard. All we can do is just keep working at it.
“Every day we go out there’s been signs of improvement.”
“It’s day-to-day with both guys," said Nelson. "Benoit is probably going to recover a bit quicker than Taylor. They’re both on the trip and I think the first step is get them out for practice and see how they feel.”
Defenceman Martin Marincin was recalled on Thursday and joined the team today in Toronto. Oilers interim head coach wasn't tipping his hand in terms of what his lineup might look like on Saturday but he did say it was likely Marincin will play.
“It’s a strong possibility," he said. "We brought him up here for a reason. We haven’t made a decision on the lineup yet. I wanted to see how he was in practice — I thought he was fine. It gives us options on this trip.”
Forward line combinations are:
Martin Marincin is on the ice but defence pairings are not yet apparent.
Six games in a ten day stretch for the Oil. Practice at Leafs facility today. Hall & Pouliot not on the ice. pic.twitter.com/U3hWabzQ2v— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) February 6, 2015
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled defenceman Martin Marincin from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.
Marincin, 22, has registered seven points (7A) and 20 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Barons this season.
The 6’4”, 203-pound blueliner has appeared in 12 games this season with the Oilers, posting one assist and two penalty minutes.
The Oilers also announced they have placed defenceman Niki Nikitin on the injured reserve list.
Oilers prospect and University of Denver defenceman Joey LaLeggia has been named the NCHC's Co-Player of the Month for January.
In 10 games last month, LaLeggia recorded 10 points (3-7-10), which included two game-winning goals.
LaLeggia leads all NCHC defencemen in scoring (22 points), shots on goal (89) and game-winning goals (3), according to a Pioneers press release.
LaLeggia was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL draft.
The 5-foot-10, 185 pound LaLeggia is a candidate for the Hobey Baker Award. You can vote for him at hobeybaker.com.