INSIDE THE OILERS
POSTED ON Sunday, 12.6.2015 / 10:10 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Give them an inch and they’ll skate a mile.

That is the motto the Oilers displayed in their 4-2 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres.

“There were way too many turnovers, that was the reason that we lost that one,” said Sabres centre Ryan O’Reilly.

Photo by Andy Devlin.

“You know, we have to be better, especially on the road…we have to establish that game.”

Though the Sabres took the lead seven minutes into the first, Edmonton made up for lost time less than three minutes later to even the score.

“I think, pretty much for the first 30 minutes of the game Edmonton did a great job of putting every puck behind us, putting a lot of pressure on us with their speed and it forced us in a lot of areas,” said Sabres Head Coach Dan Bylsma.

With an unusually high number of calls made, O’Reilly said the Sabres were unable to gain a rhythm on the ice, even when playing with a man advantage.

“It wasn’t a good night for us on the [power play],” he said.

“I don’t know if we were just lazy or not wanting to put in the work. We have to be out there and use that opportunity to at least just outwork them and we’ll gain our opportunities, but it was frustrating and we have to be better.”

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.6.2015 / 9:30 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Ryan Hamilton was re-assigned to Bakersfield following tonight's game. He did not suit up for the Oilers tonight against Buffalo.

Hamilton, 30, has appeared in 18 games with the Condors this season, posting eight points (6G, 2A) and eight penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.5.2015 / 3:13 PM MT
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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.5.2015 / 2:30 PM MT

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have recalled winger Ryan Hamilton on emergency basis from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.

Hamilton, 30, has appeared in 18 games with the Condors this season, posting eight points (6G, 2A) and eight penalty minutes.

The Oshawa, Ontario native has accumulated five points (1G, 4A) and eight penalty minutes in 30 career NHL games. He has also appeared in two playoff games, posting one assist.

The Oilers also announced they have placed winger Benoit Pouliot and defenceman Andrew Ference on Injured Reserve.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.5.2015 / 1:36 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Brandon Davidson has sat out the last two games due to injury, but the Oilers defenceman was close to returning last night when the Oilers faced the Dallas Stars. However, he took the extra day and is now nearing his return, which is likely tomorrow against Buffalo.

“He should be ready to go tomorrow,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “Coming off the ice today, he was smiling and said it felt even better.”

That skip in his step means Davidson feels he’s ready too.

“Yeah, I’m very excited,” said Davidson. “I think that will be a good game for me to get back in. I’ve missed the last couple because of injury but I’m ready to go on Sunday. It’s nice to come back to a team that has won two (in a row). It’s good.”

Davidson started the year in Edmonton out of camp but had to earn a regular spot in the lineup. Watching from the press box when he’s worked hard to get more games is a tough pill to swallow.

“It’s painful for sure,” said Davidson. “I think watching your team struggle or win is hard either way. If they’re struggling, you want to be there for them and if they’re winning, you want to be a part of it too. It’s tough, but as long as you have the right mindset and luckily enough it was only a minor injury and I can get back into my groove.”

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.5.2015 / 1:36 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oscar Klefbom and Jordan Eberle were among those absent from practice today but Head Coach Todd McLellan says they should both be good to go tomorrow against Buffalo. Those two are among the several Oilers players nursing bumps and bruises after a rigorous schedule.

“Maintenance days. Expect both of them to play tomorrow,” said McLellan. “We’ve played eight games in 14 nights. There’s a lot of guys who could have used maintenance days. They were a little further along. Hope that they’re feeling real good tomorrow morning when it’s time to report.”

One player who will miss more time is Benoit Pouliot. The Oilers winger has missed the last two games and could go on IR. An official announcement has yet to be made, but the Oilers will likely recall a player from Bakersfield.

“He’s going to be a little bit longer now than originally thought,” said McLellan. “He had a day-to-day window where we thought he could make it through. He won’t play tomorrow and now we’re into a week and he’s potentially an IR-type player.”

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.5.2015 / 11:17 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place but down a few bodies after playing last night.

Oscar Klefbom, Benoit Pouliot, Jordan Eberle and Andrew Ference are not on the ice. Brandon Davidson is skating, which is a good sign as he is likely to be ready to return tomorrow against Buffalo, per Todd McLellan.

Line combinations:

Hall-Draisaitl-Khaira
Klinkhammer-RNH-Purcell
Hendricks-Letestu-Korpikoski
Gazdic-Lander-Pakarinen

Defensive Pairings:

Nurse-Sekera
Fayne-Schultz
Davidson-Gryba

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POSTED ON Friday, 12.4.2015 / 10:45 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

After claiming a win in Vancouver, the Dallas Stars were gunning for a back-to-back win in Oil Town but came up short.

“I think we had a great opportunity to score and we should have put a couple, a few, behind [Nilsson] but we’ll have to learn from it and try to score next game,” said Stars centre Mattias Janmark.

Thanks to a show-stopping performance from Oilers goaltender Anders Nilsson, Edmonton came away with a 2-1 overtime win.

“He played really good against us [when the Oilers were] in Dallas,” said Dallas forward Vernon Fiddler.

“You know, obviously he stood on his head but at the same time we’ve got to execute on our chances. I thought it was a pretty good effort — back-to-back games, getting in late — I didn’t think we sat back at all; we took it to them. It’s going to happen, get right back on the saddle next game.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.3.2015 / 2:35 PM MT
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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.3.2015 / 2:33 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers took a 2-1 lead at 9:22 of the third period last night against Boston. At 16:39, Zdeno Chara scored to tie the game and to send it to overtime. While the Oilers would win in the end, they were left wanting more in terms of closing out the game in regulation.

“Right now, we’re trying to win games,” said Matt Hendricks. “We’re trying to figure out how to hold onto leads in the third period and kind of put teams out, manage our game and play a defence-first styler where, even if it’s tied, we’re going to try and score goals but we’re not going to lay everything on the line. We’re learning all that and that ties into stringing games together and being consistent for 60 minutes and being consistent game in and game out, day to day, all those things, and practicing the same way every day.”

The Oilers are now 4-5-0 when tied after two periods and are 2-10-2 when trailing after 40 minutes. Yet, they’ve been in games down to the wire and want to close more of those out.

“I think we’ve had a couple games that we have to be able to close,” said Oscar Klefbom. “We’ve played some really good games but we still don’t get the win after regulation.”

An example of looking to close out games late is their home contest against Los Angeles on November 14. Edmonton tied the game at 15:10 of the third, but allowed a goal at 18:23 to lose in regulation.

“We played a really good game and we should have won that game too in regulation,” said Klefbom. “I think it’s something where we’re in a learning process right now. We need to focus on playing really good games for 60 minutes.”

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said after last night’s win over Boston that there is the will to close out games late, but the knowledge comes with experience and the players are still learning how to play with a late lead or end games when they have a chance.

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