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POSTED ON Sunday, 09.11.2014 / 9:15 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Forward lines are:

Pouliot-RNH-Eberle

Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu

Yakupov-Arcobello-Perron

Purcell-Draisaitl-Pakarinen

Defence pairings:

Aulie-Fayne

Petry-Nikitin

Ference-Schultz

UPDATE: Viktor Fasth gets the start in goal today.

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.11.2014 / 11:09 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers came into Buffalo on difficult circumstances, having played the night before in Boston. But Coach Eakins felt that the team managed to put all that aside to play a very good game, with a 3-2 win and 52 shots on goal.

"Sometimes these things don’t set up very well. You’ve lost a few in a row and you’re coming in to play a team that’s struggling and you’re playing back-to-back," Eakins began. "The odds aren’t lining up very well for you. But I thought our guys were excellent tonight. I thought that not only did they play well, they had great energy on the bench when we got down. They all took a deep breath and got back to work."

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.11.2014 / 11:06 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Over Thursday and Friday's games, the Oilers were pushed to the max physically but still managed to pull through in the third period with a big come-from-behind win.

"Our fitness levels were tested tonight. The guys have done an excellent job over the past year — through the summer — to prepare for games like this," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. "It certainly paid off tonight because we were able to keep the pace high with very little let-up."

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Benoit Pouliot, for example, each played well over 40 minutes of hockey over the two nights. Nugent-Hopkins had almost 24 minutes on Thursday and played nearly 18 minutes Friday. He was 59% on face-offs with three hits and five shots on goal to help lead the Oilers to the win.

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.11.2014 / 6:31 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Goaltender Viktor Fasth led the Oilers onto the ice for pre-game warm-ups and will start in goal against the Sabres.

All seven defencemen on the roster are taking warm-up: Klefbom, Marincin, Schultz, Aulie, Petry, Fayne and Nikitin.

The defence pairings will be:

Nikitin-Petry
Aulie-Fayne
Marincin-Schultz

Up front, Pakarinen and Yakupov swap:

Pouliot-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Arcobello-Yakupov
Purcell-Draisaitl-Pakarinen
Hendricks-Gordon-Jonesuu

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.11.2014 / 1:23 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

With four straight losses and still searching for their first win of the season on the road, the Oilers have been trying to look at the positives in their play the last few games. Jordan Eberle commented that getting a win tonight would go a long way to getting a good feeling back in the room.

“It’s definitely been an up-and-down season with the start, then winning the next four then losing the next four," Eberle noted. "It’s been a bit of a roller coaster. I think a win could do everything. It always changes things.”

Keith Aulie, a newcomer to the squad, said he didn't feel that the team was getting down on itself.

“It’s those moments of adversity that you can really see what a team’s made of. I’ve been on teams before where guys hang their heads and get really frustrated. I didn’t see that last night. It’s just a tough moment. You’ve got to learn from those experiences and move on.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.11.2014 / 1:19 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The tendency could be for a team in the Oilers situation (four straight losses) to relax with a team like the Buffalo Sabres (30th in the NHL) coming up, but the team is coming into tonight's game knowing that the Sabres are going to be a tough out.

“They’re not playing their best hockey and I think we need to capitalize on that. And if we play the way we did last night against Boston we’re going to have a lot of chances out there. If we bring the same intensity and will as we did yesterday, we’re going to be fine tonight for sure,” said Benoit Pouliot.

The Sabres are 3-9-1 but have picked up points in each of their last two games and three of their last four, including a win over the Detroit Red Wings in that span.

“We’ve got to play that sense of urgency. We’ve got to expect them to play their best game of the season. Our mindset needs to be to play hard and play a smart game. We need to play with a little more urgency,” Oilers centre Boyd Gordon remarked.

Jordan Eberle stressed that anyone in the NHL can win if you don't come in prepared.

“It’s the NHL. You’ve got to find ways to win hockey games. Any team can beat any team at any time. That’s the best part of this league, every team’s great.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.11.2014 / 12:05 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Will Acton has cleared waivers and is assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.11.2014 / 11:25 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate in Boston and these are the line combinations up front:

Pouliot-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Arcobello-Pakarinen
Purcell-Draisaitl-Yakupov
Hendricks-Gordon-Jonesuu

Iiro Pakarinen is wearing the number 62.

On defence: 

Nikitin-Schultz
Klefbom-Fayne
Aulie-Petry

Ben Scrivens gets the start in goal.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.11.2014 / 9:59 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have recalled forward Iiro Pakarinen from the Oklahoma City Barons.

Pakarinen has five goals and eight assists in seven games with a +5 rating in OKC.

To make room on the 23-man roster for Pakarinen, the Oilers assigned Martin Marincin to the Barons.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.11.2014 / 1:54 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

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