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POSTED ON Monday, 04.11.2013 / 3:43 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Following practice on Monday, Taylor Hall gave an update on the status of his injured knee, which has kept him out of action since October 22.

"We haven't really talked about a certain date but we have those two games on the weekend (in Philadelphia and Chicago) and I'd like to be playing in those. I'm not sure if I will," Hall began. "Nothing's really for sure but I think the next step is getting contact in to make sure I can take a hit and give one and then get planning on when I want to play."

Hall wore a yellow non-contact jersey at practice (along with Jesse Joensuu). At the time of his injury, a timeline thrown out there was one month so it appears he's ahead of schedule.

"Right from the start, once the swelling got out of there after the first day, there were signs that it's come along really well. Now I can run and do all those things off the ice. Now it's just about getting in those awkward positions. You really do stress your knees on the ice and make sure I can handle that."

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.11.2013 / 3:40 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins gave an update on the status of his injured players following practice in Florida on Monday.

“Anybody that wasn’t on the ice is not good to go,” said Eakins. That included David Perron (neck), who was not with the team to start this road trip plus players who did make the trip such as defencemen Justin Schultz, Anton Belov and goaltender Richard Bachman.

On Belov, Eakins said, “He’s with us, which is a good sign, but he won’t be ready to play tomorrow. Neither will Justin Schultz.”

With both blueliners out, the Oilers will be calling up a defenceman from Oklahoma City. In anticipation of the move, the Barons recalled defencemen Martin Gernat and David Musil from ECHL Bakersfield earlier today.

“We let the managers know that we needed (a defenceman). I was hoping that Schultzie or Belov would be better than they were. They’re not, so they will send us a D and I have absolutely no idea who that will be right now.”

In addition to Ryan Smyth, who will play tomorrow, two injured players who did skate were Taylor Hall and Jesse Joensuu.

“I said to Keith Acton, boy I wish he could play right now because we need him. You can argue, if he’s not our best player he’s certainly one of them. We’re dying for those injured guys to get back. Hallsy looks great in practice. He brings everything you need right now,” said the Oilers bench boss.

“The biggest thing that he brings for me is he’s always in the fight. He’s always trying. He wants to be the best player on the ice. We will wait patiently for him.”

Jesse Joensuu will be eligible to come off Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) on Saturday against the Flyers. Eakins hopes that he will be ready to go.

“The same with Jesse (Joensuu). Today in practice, you see the things that your group’s missing and two of them were wearing (non-contact) gold sweaters today.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.11.2013 / 1:02 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for practice at the Florida Panthers practice facility in Coral Springs, FL.

Line combinations based on jersey colour:

Smyth-Gagner-Yakupov (white)
Eberle-RNH-Hemsky (light blue)
Jones-Gordon-Arcobello (dark blue)
Gazdic-Acton-Eager (black)
Joensuu, Hall (yellow)

Wearing orange are defencemen Petry, Ference, Larsen, Smid and Nick Schultz plus winger Ryan Hamilton taking a turn on D.

Goaltenders: Dubnyk, LaBarbera

Justin Schultz and Anton Belov are not skating. David Perron is not on the trip.

Check back for regular updates, audio, video and more.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.11.2013 / 1:07 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins announced on Saturday after the morning skate that Richard Bachman will start his third straight game tonight, with Jason LaBarbera backing up.

Ryan Hamilton also makes his return to the lineup after missing 13 games due to injury. Hamilton will skate on a line with Mark Arcobello and Boyd Gordon.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.11.2013 / 12:40 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Prior to Saturday's morning skate, a trio of Oilers hit the ice: Steve MacIntyre, David Perron and Taylor Hall.

At the skate, Justin Schultz remained absent. Line combinations for practice were:

Jones-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Lander/Hamilton-Gordon-Arcobello
Gazdic-Acton-Eager

Defence pairings were:

Smid-Petry
Ference-NSchultz
Belov-Larsen

Stay tuned shortly to watch LIVE Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins giving his pre-game press conference.
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POSTED ON Friday, 01.11.2013 / 1:06 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park. Taylor Hall skated on his own, then briefly with the team. Justin Schultz also made his return to practice. David Perron remains absent.

Lines:

Jones-RNH-Hemsky
Yaupov-Gagner-Eberle
Arcobello-Gordon-Lander
Gazdic-Acton-Eager
(Smyth-Hamilton extras)

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POSTED ON Thursday, 31.10.2013 / 5:11 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Thursday, 31.10.2013 / 1:18 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

WATCH ARCHIVE: Dallas Eakins

The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place on Thursday after taking Wednesday off.

David Perron is not skating, but recent call-up Anton Lander is. Ryan Smyth skated on defence with Justin Schultz off the ice.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 31.10.2013 / 12:17 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers announced Thursday morning that they have once again recalled forward Anton Lander from Oklahoma City.  The Oilers also announced that Denis Grebeshkov and Corey Potter both cleared waivers and had been assigned to OKC.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 29.10.2013 / 12:40 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Oilers centre Sam Gagner looks to be making his return to the lineup tonight after being out since suffering a broken jaw on September 21 in a pre-season game against Vancouver.

The lines at morning skate:

Yakupov-Gagner-Eberle
Arcobello-RNH-Perron
Jones-Gordon-Smyth
Gazdic-Acton-Eager

Ryan Hamilton was also skating but neither he or Ryan Smyth are expected to play. Being an optional morning skate, Hemsky could potentially slot in where Smyth was.
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