The Oilers have hit the ice for practice at Rexall Place.
The lines appear to be as follows:
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled goaltender Laurent Brossoit from the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.
Brossoit, 22, has appeared in 26 games with the Condors this season, posting a 14-8-3 record, a 2.70 goals against average, a .921 save percentage and three shutouts. He also represented the Condors at the 2016 AHL All Star Game.
The Surrey, British Columbia native played in his first National Hockey League game last season, making 49 saves as the Oilers dropped a 3-1 decision to the San Jose Sharks.
A former member of the Western Hockey League's Edmonton Oil Kings, Brossoit posted a career 88-34-4 record, including a 2.59 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. He also led the Oil Kings to the WHL Final in 2013, where they lost the Portland Winterhawks.
The Edmonton Oilers also announced they have assigned goaltender Anders Nilsson to the Bakersfield Condors.
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have assigned defenceman Griffin Reinhart to the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.
Reinhart, 22, has appeared in 15 games with the Oilers this season, posting one assist and 16 penalty minutes.
The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has appeared in 17 games with Bakersfield this season, registering six points (1G, 5A) and 12 penalty minutes.
Forward lines are:
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- Kassian describes time in Montreal as 'turning point'
- Matt Hendricks enjoying success with the Finns
- COMING SOON - Oilers/Habs Game Preview
- THE PANEL | On location in Montreal
- OILERS TODAY | at Montreal Pre-Game
- PRACTICE RAW | Lauri Korpikoski
- PRACTICE RAW | Matt Hendricks
- PRACTICE RAW | Mark Letestu
- PRACTICE RAW | Todd McLellan
Oilers forward Zack Kassian makes his return to Montreal for the first time since being traded in late December in exchange for Ben Scrivens. Kassian describes his time in Montreal as a turning point in his career despite never having suited up in a regular season game for the team.
“I never really sat down and thought about repercussions, what I was doing or who I was affecting or how it was affecting my career,” he said after practice at the Bell Centre on Friday. “That accident really was an eyeopener for me. At the time obviously it was very tough to handle. I embarrassed my family, my friends and the organization. But when something like that happens you really have to look at yourself in the mirror.”
The accident Kassian speaks of was an early-morning vehicle accident where he was a passenger in which he broke his nose and foot. He entered Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA shortly afterwards.
“I felt like that was my rock bottom. Sometimes they talk about that, you have to hit a rock bottom to really grasp the concept of what you’re doing. I felt like that was my rock bottom and I didn’t want to go back there.”
Kassian has used that feeling of rock bottom to help guide himself and make the right choices but hasn't let it change who he is.
“I’m still the same person. I know what’s at stake and I know what I have and I have to stay on top of it. But I’m still the same guy in the room, the same guy on the ice. It’s just me growing up.”
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.
Forward lines today are:
Lander rotating in down the middle.
The defence pairings have changed:
Forward Luke Gazdic has cleared waivers and the Oilers have assigned him to the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.
Luke Gazdic clears waivers and is assigned to the @Condors.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 4, 2016
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.