Justin Schultz talked to Oilers TV's Tom Gazzola on Tuesday and gave an update on the status of his groin/rib injury.
"It's getting better. It's pretty close," said Schultz. "Day-to-day right now so we'll see every morning how I am."
Schultz travelled with the Oilers on their recent four-game road trip but didn't even get a chance to practice with the team. He skated on his own most days.
"It's tough. You're there but you're not around the guys that much. They're getting ready for the game and you're doing other stuff. It definitely was tough and I'm excited to get back."
Schultz said it would be a combination of himself, the coaching staff and doctors who will decide if and when the blueliner is good to go.
"I'm hoping tomorrow but it's day-to-day and we'll see what I feel like when I wake up tomorrow."
Oilers sophomore winger Nail Yakupov spoke to the media about reports surrounding his agent coming to town.
We will have full reaction (video, audio, written) surrounding this soon.
"I just want to help my team win every game... I love this city and I want to play for this team." - Nail Yakupov pic.twitter.com/nAYPc07jo7— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 12, 2013
"We have a lot of players frustrated right now. We have an organization frustrated with our results. We all want better." - Coach Eakins— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 12, 2013
"This is not going to sway me whether he plays 20 min or 2... he's going to play the minutes he deserves." - #Oilers Eakins on Yakupov— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) November 12, 2013
"I like the kid. He's a passionate kid who works hard and still has a lot to learn about the game." - Coach Eakins on Yakupov— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 12, 2013
The Oklahoma City Barons defeated San Antonio 3-2 on Tuesday in a rare morning game. Tyler Bunz stopped 34 of 36 shots for the win. In his first game as a Baron, Roman Horak scored. Linus Omark also scored a highlight-reel goal.
Former Oiler Ryan Whitney scored a goal for the Rampage.
Watch the highlights:
The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Russ Barnes Arena.
It is MacIntyre's first full skate with the team since injuring his knee in late September in Oklahoma City.
#Oilers lines today --> Perron-RNH-Eberle, Hall-Gagner-Hemsky, Smyth-Arcobello-Yakupov, Joensuu-Gordon-Jones, Gazdic-Acton-MacIntyre.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 12, 2013
#Oilers skating at Russ Barnes Arena this morning. JSchultz (groin/ribs), Gazdic (shoulder) and MacIntyre (knee) all participating.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 12, 2013
The Barons are on the ice right now for their annual school day game. Tyler Bunz is in goal, meaning that Ilya Bryzgalov will have to wait until the weekend to make his Oilers organizational debut. The Barons play the Heat on Friday and Saturday.
Recently-signed Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov spoke to the media in Oklahoma City on Monday after practice.
You can watch highlights of the interview in the video window below or click here to watch the entire interview raw.
Bryzgalov talked about being back in the AHL for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
"It's a good opportunity for me to play a few games, get some good practice with good players to get some shots and get myself in good shape."
Bryzgalov was asked if he will change anything in terms of his playing style or preparation this season as compared to the past few in Philadelphia.
"I just continue to work hard and play hard, keep myself in good shape and do everything possible in my power to make the team that I play for better."
"It's a tough injury to have. I knew there was going to be some growing pains coming back into the lineup and that's something I expected. I felt better last game and felt like I'm continuing to improve. I need to continue to get my legs under me, learn the system on the fly here and continue to get better and I feel like I'm doing that."
In his pre-game media availability, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said that he needs to see more out of Gagner.
“With Gags, we need more out of Sam. Sam knows that. He’s feeling it, he wants to give more, he’s trying to find his way. But the hard reality of the game is when there’s others playing better than you in a game they’re going to start to end up with the minutes.
“I know Sam is really going to start to dig his heels and give us a strong performance.”
Gagner talked about adjusting to the system and his face guard.
"There's a lot that goes into it. Getting hurt in pre-season, regardless of a new coaching staff or not, is never fun. It's taken a little while to get back up to speed. And with the jaw and the protector there's going to be getting used to playing games (with the face guard)."
Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk talked about the team's acquisition of Ilya Bryzgalov, stating that bringing the Russian netminder in the mix doesn't change much for him.
"It doesn't change anything for me. I've got to go out and work hard to get this guys wins and he's a teammate now so whenever he's here we'll work and as far as I'm concerned not much has changed from job description. I have to work as hard as I can to ensure that I'm playing every game."
Lines (based on jersey colour):
Perron-RNH-Eberle (dark blue)
Hemsky-Hall-Gagner (light blue)
Defencemen (orange): Petry, Belov, Smid, Ference, N.Schultz, Larsen, Fedun
Justin Schultz skated on his own prior to practice.
There were two lines which had four players on it. Gazdic, Smyth, Jones and Yakupov were wearing white jerseys and Acton, Joensuu, Gordon and Arcobello were wearing black.
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said that we shouldn't read too much into the lines.
"I’m undecided because I don’t know if Joensuu or Perron are going to play. I was concerned with getting those guys on a line and we might have to reshuffle the deck quickly in the morning if those guys can’t play," stated Eakins.
The head coach also said that there wasn't much to having Yakupov on the fourth line with three others.
"I wouldn’t read anything into that."