Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins announced this morning on Twitter that goaltender Viktor Fasth and defenceman Oscar Klefbom will make their Oilers debuts tonight. For Klefbom, it will also be his NHL debut.
Fasth hasn't played in the NHL since November 18 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He allowed three goals on 27 shots in that game. He played five games on a conditioning stint with the Norfolk Admirals, with a 3-2-0 record and 2.40 goals-against average along with a .922 save percentage.
Fasth and Klefbom will both make their @EdmontonOilers debuts tonight.— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) March 11, 2014
Craig MacTavish will be speaking live to the media at 2:00 p.m. MST. You can watch it online at edmontonoilers.com and in the Oilers Mobile App.
UPDATE: The Press Conference is over. You can watch the archive here:
The Oilers have announced that goaltender Kurtis Mucha will be backing up tonight. He has been signed by the team to a one-day tryout contract.
The Oilers have placed defenceman Philip Larsen on waivers.
#Oilers place defenceman Philip Larsen on waivers.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 3, 2014
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins tweeted that Ben Scrivens will get the start in goal tonight against the Minnesota Wild. He also noted that Anton Belov will be playing, fresh off his performance with Team Russia at the Olympics.
Scrivens starts. Belov will play. Time for both teams to shake the rust off.— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) February 27, 2014
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish spoke to the media about next Wednesday's NHL Trade Deadline. We streamed the press conference live right here on edmontonoilers.com and on the Oilers Mobile App.
Or watch the archive of the live press conference here:
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins was asked during his media avail on Monday about the team's final 22 games and any potential motivating tools he might use.
One that teams use regularly is to treat the games down the stretch like playoff series in seven-game segments. The Oilers coach was asked if he has done anything similar to that.
“In the past with teams,” Eakins said when asked if he’s tried it.
“My team in the American League, we weren’t very good. We were trying to build a program there and we tried that stuff down the stretch.”
Eakins didn't really elaborate on how successful it was at the time for the Toronto Marlies.
“It’s all about the process. I totally 100% understand what you’re staying. Let’s pretend we’re in a playoff series. Well, let’s all pretend we’re fairies. It’s not going to work.”
It is a mantra that Eakins has been stressing since the start of the season that the team will try and win every single game and that mindset will continue as the season winds down.
“Let’s try to get five wins in the next seven games. It all comes down to the process, and the process is that you can’t get five out of seven unless you win tonight. It comes down to that individual game. I like that approach better and I’m just going to stick with that.”
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins was asked following Monday's practice about Team Canada's gold medal win on Sunday.
“I did see the game. And yes, I was up early," Eakins began. "The collection of players, awesome. But the biggest thing for me was that that collection of players, which such firepower, as a group said to themselves, ‘Do you know how we’re going to win this? We’re going to win this by playing a great defensive game.’ And I don’t just mean Canada’s defence. Their forwards too, their goaltending were all saying this is how you win. Especially those last two games. Those were clinics. That’s a clinic on how to play hockey."
Eakins added that he felt that the way Canada won stresses what he's been saying all season: defence is the most direct route to winning hockey games and championships.
"It goes to show that you don’t need to have to score five and six goals every night to win. If you play the game right and have good habits, and have the mindset that if the other team doesn’t score we’ve got a pretty good chance to win. Good things are going to happen.
"That was a great job by those players, all their coaches. That was a clinic those last two games."