Will Acton has cleared waivers and is assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons.
Iiro Pakarinen is wearing the number 62.
Ben Scrivens gets the start in goal.
Oiler lines at BOS: Pouliot-RNH-Eberle. Pakarinen-Arco-Perron, Purcell-Draisaitl-Yak. Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) November 6, 2014
The Oilers have recalled forward Iiro Pakarinen from the Oklahoma City Barons.
Pakarinen has five goals and eight assists in seven games with a +5 rating in OKC.
To make room on the 23-man roster for Pakarinen, the Oilers assigned Martin Marincin to the Barons.
Oilers recall forward Iiro Pakarinen from Oklahoma City; Assign defenceman Martin Marincin to the Barons.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 6, 2014
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"Marty won't play tomorrow," he said. "Keith's going in. We're looking for some grit, and not just out of Keith. It's got to come from everybody on our team -- but especially our back-end.
"There's going to be some real competition going on for icetime, especially with Oscar coming in and playing the way he did."
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins talked about the play of Nail Yakupov so far this season and the process to get him to play more of an NHL-style game.
"We talk about it as coaches as muscle memory. His muscle memory reverts back to he got away with that in junior. It's something that we think he's improving on but it's something we're going to have to keep hammering home every day," Eakins began.
"He's gotten away with a certain pace in junior and gotten away with certain plays. We don't want to take those plays away from him because he's very capable of making very conscious and excellent plays on his backhand. He can do it but he's got to realize when the time is to do it and when the time is not."
Specifically, Eakins talked about last night's game and some of Yakupov's struggles.
"There were a couple instances last night where it happened in the neutral zone and even more importantly, in the offensive zone where we've got a great cycle game going and everything's under control and now we're trying to force something in the middle on our backhand."
On the flip side, Yakupov did fire six shots on net tomorrow and the coach was encouraged by that.
"It's always interesting, when you go to a player and you're going to give him a message and he already knows. It started off with Yak, we wanted five shots and he gave us six. I was joking with him this morning, maybe we need him to get nine.
"He's getting some incredible looks. Mason made a couple of big saves. We want Nail to shoot the puck. We play Nail with Leon for a reason. That's a left-handed centreman. And we don't want Nail to be nice. Put the puck on the net, get it to the net. He's a shooter and that's what we want him to do."
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins talked about the decision to place forward Will Acton on waivers today for the purpose of assignment to Oklahoma City.
"It's a hard decision," said Eakins. "That's a kid who's 100% committed. Does everything right, every day. We've got to get a little bit different mix. We really like the line of Hendricks, Gordon and Joensuu. We don't like breaking them up."
"We need a different look on Leon's line with Taylor being out."
Eakins reiterated that it was very difficult to break the news to Acton.
"It's a tough decision. Hard one to break to Willie. When a kid like that does everything you ask of him every day."
The Oilers announced that Will Acton has been placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment.
Will Acton has been placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 5, 2014
The forward lines are:
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins voiced his displeasure after the game that more players didn't step up, though he was happy with the ones who did.
"I thought some of the individuals that we asked for bigger games out of did that. We asked Yak [Nail Yakupov] to shoot the puck more, he was extremely dangerous, I think he had five or six shots."
Eakins was also impressed with the play of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
"I thought Ryan Nugent-Hopkins really stepped up his game. We did an excellent job staying out of the penalty box. The fact of the matter is we can’t have just five or six guys step up, we need all twenty guys pulling and maximizing their potential. If you’re not maximizing your potential you are doing our team a terrible disservice and that’s the difference of the game. It’s a game in which you outshoot and outchance but you don’t have two points, and all of the positives really don’t matter."
Eakins was asked how he can bring out that competitive nature in more of his players on a regular basis.
“Well that’s part of your job as a coach, and that’s probably the most difficult job there is as a coach. People are wired a certain way, they have a certain DNA, and when it comes to that there are different ways to go about it. The one thing you don’t want to get caught in is every 10 days you have to try and jump-start a guy. If you are jump starting your car every ten days you are probably getting rid of it. I think for the most part though we have very competitive guys and they are getting better at understanding that it has to be every night, not just 60 nights a year.”