The Oilers recalled Steve Pinizzotto from the Oklahoma City Barons yesterday. Through six games, Pinizzotto recorded six assists, 40 penalty minutes and was +3.
“Word is he’s been playing well in OKC and when guys play well they’re promoted,” Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “He is deserving of another look.”
There is no word yet from the Oilers on if Pinizzotto will play tomorrow night against Vancouver. The Oilers are going over the lineup today. But if Pinizzotto gets in, he hopes to continue doing what he does best and that’s stir things up with his aggression and physicality.
“It’s great, it’s another opportunity,” Pinizzotto said. “I came here to kind of do my job and cause a little bit of aggression, intensity and try to bring it to the lineup. Maybe I can give the guys a little bit of a boost, be hard on the forecheck and try to go offensively. We’ll see what happens.”
The Oilers know just what he can bring to the table, should he suit up.
“He’s going to bring a little bit of grit,” Eakins said. “He can skate, he plays a real simple game, he played some good games for us last year, he has a real good training camp, was right in the mix for a job there and has gone and kept it up in OKC. He fits into what a number of our guys have been doing well this year.”
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.”
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.”
The Oilers have taken the ice for practice at the Royal Glenora Club.
The Oilers are mixing up the defensive pairings as practice continues.
The Oilers have taken the ice at Rexall Place for their Monday practice.
The line combinations are as follows:
#Oilers lines: Hall-RNH-Eberle, Pouliot-Draisaitl-Purcell, Perron-Arcobello-Yakupov, Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu & Gazdic— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) November 17, 2014
Gazdic is wearing grey with the fourth line.
The Oilers took line rushes during warm ups and the combinations were as follows:
Right now Hall with Arcobello and Perron, Yakupov with Draisaitl and Purcell. 1st & 4th lines remain intact. We'll see what develops...— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) November 17, 2014
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.”
Jordan Eberle scored his 100th career NHL goal on Thursday night against Ottawa. It took him 291 games to get to that mark.
“You look back on it and I was actually watching the video that the Oilers put up yesterday of all of them and it was pretty cool to watch,” Eberle said. “It seems like time has definitely flown by and it’s pretty neat that I’ve done it all here.”
Eberle said the first was probably his most memorable.
“Most people remember their first one,” he said. “It was pretty special, in my first game and my family was there. It was pretty awesome. Going through them, you definitely remember most of them. That was pretty neat as well.”
100 down, many more to come.
“I still feel like I’ve got a lot more, so hopefully it continues.”