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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.8.2015 / 11:51 AM MT
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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.8.2015 / 11:48 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Following practice, Coach Nelson gave updates on the status of Jeff Petry and Benoit Pouliot. Neither player skated on Sunday.

Nelson wasn't concerned with Petry, saying he expected him to play tomorrow.

“It was just a maintenance day with Petey. We spoke about it last night. Guys that were maybe not feeling right should take a day to get better and that’s all that happened with Petey.”

The coach added that Pouliot was doubtful for a return to the lineup on Monday.

“It’s day-to-day. We’ll see how he is tomorrow morning. He did take the ice briefly yesterday morning just to check it out so we’ll have to wait and see tomorrow.”

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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.8.2015 / 10:29 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced on Sunday that Taylor Hall has returned to Edmonton to undergo further assessment on his injured left ankle.

Following practice, Coach Todd Nelson explained the reason for sending Hall back.

“It wasn’t responded like we wanted it to. He’s going to get an MRI just to make sure that we know what we’re dealing with. Then we’ll go through the process after that,” Nelson stated. 

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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.8.2015 / 10:21 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are practicing in New Jersey at the Devils' practice rink attached to the Prudential Center.

Taylor Hall, Benoit Pouliot and Jeff Petry are not skating. Forward lines are the same as last game:

Purcell-RNH-Eberle
Fraser-Roy-Yakupov
Gazdic-Lander-Pakarinen
Hendricks-Gordon-Klinkhammer
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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.7.2015 / 9:29 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate in Toronto. The lines up front are the same as yesterday's practice:

Purcell-RNH-Eberle
Fraser-Roy-Yakupov
Gazdic-Lander-Pakarinen
Hendricks-Gordon-Klinkhammer
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.6.2015 / 2:39 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.6.2015 / 2:37 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

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.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.6.2015 / 2:37 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson was asked following practice on Friday about the status of Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot since neither player skated with the team.

“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.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.6.2015 / 2:37 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

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.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.6.2015 / 11:02 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Toronto at the Leafs practice facility.

Forward line combinations are:

Purcell-RNH-Eberle
Fraser-Roy-Yakupov
Gazdic-Lander-Pakarinen
Hendricks-Gordon-Klinkhammer

Martin Marincin is on the ice but defence pairings are not yet apparent.

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