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POSTED ON Friday, 02.5.2016 / 1:23 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers forward Matt Hendricks has been shifted to the middle between Lauri Korpikoski and Iiro Pakarinen. So far, the trio has enjoyed some success particularly last game in Ottawa when they combined for four points.

Hendricks was asked about his on-ice success with the two Finns.

“First off, I’m playing with two great guys in Lauri and Iiro. They’re both very defence-orientated where they can help protect me in the middle a bit. I’m still getting my feet wet, getting used to playing a new position I haven’t played in awhile. They’re protecting me and helping me with net-front coverage in the defensive zone.”

The three players have been a force both offensively and defensively. Even when not putting up points on the scoresheet, they've pinned the opposition deep in their own end for lengthy periods of time which naturally has positive effects.

“They’re both skilled. They both like to make plays, they both like to shoot the puck. And they’re hard to play against down low in the offensive zone. Team defenders have a hard time staying on them and staying with them.”

Hendricks was asked if he's been brushing up on his Finnish now that he's playing with the two players from Finland.

“I look at them and ask, ‘what are you guys talking about? I’m not that bad, am I?’ and they start laughing. It’s all good. We’re having a good time together right now.”

Korpikoski laughed when asked about the foreign language speak between himself and Pakarinen.

“It’s better that me and Iiro talk finish and keep him on the outside. He doesn’t know what’s going on, it’s better that way,” Korpikoski remarked.

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.5.2016 / 9:03 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Montreal ahead of tomorrow afternoon's game at the Bell Centre.

Forward lines today are:

Hall-Draisaitl-Purcell
Pouliot-McDavid-Eberle
Korpikoski-Hendricks-Pakarinen
Yakupov-Letestu-Kassian

Lander rotating in down the middle.

The defence pairings have changed:

Sekera-Fayne
Nurse-Clendening
Davidson-Gryba
Reinhart-Schultz
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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.4.2016 / 10:20 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Forward Luke Gazdic has cleared waivers and the Oilers have assigned him to the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.4.2016 / 9:32 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are on the ice for an optional morning skate at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

Forwards on the ice are: Hall, Draisiatl, McDavid, Eberle, Yakupov, Pakarinen and Lander

Not on the ice: Pouliot, Hendricks, Kassian, Letestu, Korpikoski

Defencemen on the ice: Fayne, Gryba, Clendening, Davidson, Schultz, Reinhart and Nurse

Defencemen not on the ice: Sekera

Cam Talbot will start tonight in goal.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.3.2016 / 11:27 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.3.2016 / 10:00 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have placed winger Luke Gazdic on waivers for purpose of assignment to the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.

Gazdic, 26, has played 28 games for the Oilers this season, recording one goal and 22 penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.3.2016 / 9:45 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have hit the ice at Leduc Recreation Centre for practice before flying to Ottawa today.

Justin Schultz, who missed yesterday’s morning skate due to illness, is skating.

Stay tuned for more updates, including interviews.

The lineup in the most recent drill is as follows:

Hall-Draisaitl-Purcell
Pouliot-McDavid-Eberle
Kassian-Letestu-Yakupov
Korpikoski-Hendricks-Pakarinen

Nurse-Schultz
Sekera-Fayne
Davidson-Gryba
Reinhart-Clendening

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.2.2016 / 3:30 PM MT

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have activated centre Connor McDavid from Injured Reserve.

McDavid, 19, has appeared in 13 games with the Oilers this season, registering 12 points (5G, 7A) and six penalty minutes. He also currently leads the Oilers in shooting percentage (20.8).

The Oilers also announced today they have assigned winger Rob Klinkhammer to the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.

Klinkhammer has appeared in 14 games with the Oilers this season, registering one goal and six penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.1.2016 / 8:36 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Monday, 02.1.2016 / 8:35 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers came back to the ice on Monday after an extended all-star break which saw them off the ice for a full seven days -- longer than any other NHL team.

Coming back, Connor McDavid was cleared for play and in a physical practice that saw two separate on-ice sessions he skated with Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot.

“I don’t even think Ebs and I have played a shift together before," said McDavid." This will be a little bit different for us. There’ll be an adjustment period. I’m definitely excited to play with a player like Jordan.”

Eberle was injured in the pre-season and did not return until after McDavid went down in early November with his collarbone injury.

“Everyone knows what he’s like around the net. He’s got quick, great hands and a deceiving shot. You know if you get the puck in a good spot he’s going to finish it.”

Eberle was also excited to play with McDavid.

“I think with Nuge going down, we knew we were getting Connor back and I thought there was a chance me and (Pouliot) would get a chance with him,” Eberle began. “It’s been funny the way the year’s gone, I came back the day he got injured. I haven’t even been on the ice with him, even in exhibition. It’s good to get out there and practice. We had an intense skate today, got our wind back a little bit and hopefully we find some chemistry tomorrow.”

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