WATCH ARCHIVE: Dallas Eakins
The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place on Thursday after taking Wednesday off.
Jones-RNH-Hemsky, Yakupov-Gagner-Eberle, Arcobello-Gordon-Lander/Hamilton, Gazdic-Acton-Eager..Smyth skating as a D. No J. Schultz— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) October 31, 2013
No David Perron on the ice this morning. Anton Lander present. Ryan Smyth filling in on D today. Grebeshkov and Potter clear waivers.— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) October 31, 2013
Potter and Grebeshkov clear waivers, assigned to @OKCBarons.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 31, 2013
The lines at morning skate:
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.
Dallas Eakins holds optional morning skates. So while Hemsky isn't out there and Smyth and Ryan Hamilton are, my guess is Hemsky suits up.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) October 29, 2013
The Oilers announced on Tuesday morning that Anton Lander had been re-assigned to the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons.
On Sunday, L.A.'s Kyle Clifford had a knee-on-knee collision with Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. On Saturday, Martin Hanzal charged Jeff Petry. Today, both players were penalized for their actions by NHL Player Safety.
Kyle Clifford fined $2,756.41 for kneeing. http://t.co/zQJ0qDtnhb— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) October 28, 2013
Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford has been fined $2,756.41, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for kneeing Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in NHL Game No. 170 in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 27, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
On Hanzal, who received two games (Video):
The Oilers announced on Sunday afternoon that they have recalled defenceman Corey Potter from his conditioning stint in Oklahoma City. Potter played two games this weekend for the Barons in San Antonio and had no points.
Last season, Potter had three goals and four points in 33 games for the Oilers as well as a team-leading +8 rating.
UPDATE: Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins stated that Dubnyk has a minor ankle injury and Bachman will start tonight.
The Oilers announced this morning that they have recalled goaltender Richard Bachman and forward Anton Lander from the Oklahoma City Barons.
Lander was Edmonton's second choice, 40th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Richard Bachman has a 2.37 goals-against average and .925 save percentage this season with the Barons and a 3-4-1 record.
Bachman has played 32 career NHL games and has a 14-10-1 record. He has a 2.94 goals-against average and .901 save percentage with one shutout.
Bachman was originally signed by the Oilers on July 6, 2013.
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In addition to announcing Richard Bachman as the starter in goal, Eakins also added that Nick Schultz will draw back into the lineup tonight on defence, but did not say who he would be replacing.
#Oilers coach Eakins confirms Richard Bachman will start tonight against LA. Anton Lander and Nick Schultz in, undisclosed d-man will sit— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) October 27, 2013
Lander will start the game on the wing alongside Jones and Gordon. Bachman gets call in net.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) October 27, 2013
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins stated that Richard Bachman will start in goal tonight for the Oilers against the Kings. He added that Dubnyk has a minor ankle injury.
Dubnyk has sore ankle so that is why Bachman recalled but Bachman playing vs kings not labarbera. Eakins on LaB: "He 's been OK."— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) October 27, 2013
Devan Dubnyk has a wonky ankle according to Dallas Eakins. He could play if it was a playoff game but not at this point in the season.— Gene Principe (@GenePrincipe) October 27, 2013
Richard Bachman to start for #Oilers tonight. Dubnyk out with sore ankle ...— Derek Van Diest (@SUNdvandiest) October 27, 2013
VIDEO: Post-Practice Story (coming) | Dallas Eakins | Jordan Eberle | Justin Schultz | Boyd Gordon
AUDIO: Dallas Eakins | Jordan Eberle | Justin Schultz | Boyd Gordon
The Oilers practiced in Leduc on Friday prior to departure for their weekend games in Phoenix and Los Angeles.
The line combinations at practice were:
Yakupov - RNH - Eberle
Perron - Arcobello - Hemsky (Hamilton)
Jones - Gordon - Pitlick (Gagner)
Gazdic - Acton - Eager
The lines were the same as last night's game against the Capitals.
“I thought they had great chemistry for two periods," Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said about the line of Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle. "They were actually playing quite well against the Ovechkin line. Then in the third it seemed to fall away. With our record, and with our injuries it’s been a lot of different line combinations and I just want to breathe for another day so I think I’m going to leave them.”
Eakins said that the team will likely go with Jason LaBarbera in goal on Saturday against the Coyotes.
“I’d like to give Barbs a chance against his old teammates,” said Eakins. “I think we’ll go that way. There’s two sides of the coin. He’s going to play his old teammates and he’ll be excited and motivated but his teammates are going to be motivated to play against him as well. That’s the way we’re leaning right now.”