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POSTED ON Friday, 10.30.2015 / 12:38 PM MT
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POSTED ON Friday, 10.30.2015 / 10:59 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have opened practice at Rexall Place with some skating drills led by Dave Pelletier.

There are only 13 skaters and two goalies on the ice at the start and lines haven’t been run.

Goaltender Anders Nilsson is wearing some new retro-style brown pads today.

Injured players Lauri Korpikoski, Matt Hendricks, Jordan Eberle and Griffin Reinhart are all on the ice

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.29.2015 / 10:56 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

It was a comeback the Montreal Canadiens didn’t see coming.

According to Canadiens Captain Max Pacioretty, it should also have been a comeback that should never have been.

“In the second period we got fancy, got all confident, stopped putting pucks on net,” he said.

“Our game is putting pucks on net, working hard on the forecheck, digging for pucks, 50/50 battles, it wasn’t there after the first period and that’s on every one of us. We’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

After finishing the first period with a 3-0 lead, Pacioretty said that he and his teammates got too comfortable.

“We’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen again. There’s not much to say other than that. We took our foot off the gas, we think we’re untouchable when we get up in the lead like that. But we have a game tomorrow, we’ve got to come back and prove that this was a fluke and that’s not our thing.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.29.2015 / 2:49 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

It’s his first time back playing at Rexall Place, and for former Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry, he recognizes the distinctive change.

“For me it’s different coming into here and being on the visiting side of things, but I’ve got to approach it like every other game,” said the now Montreal Canadiens blueliner.

“I got to catch up with some of the (Oilers) guys this morning and had some conversations with them and got that out of the way and now just to be prepared and ready to approach it like any other game.”

It may be a bag of mixed emotions for the Canadiens defenceman tonight, but Petry is focused on the task at hand and said that his transition was fairly seamless when joining a new team.

“I’ve played with some guys here and made the transition pretty easily, stepping into the locker room and then just the style of play seemed to fit my game.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.29.2015 / 1:00 PM MT

Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chairelli announced today, Justin Schultz (back) will be sidelined 2-4 weeks.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.29.2015 / 11:32 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Matt Hendricks skated with the entire team for the first time since a foot injury sidelined him on October 18. He's missed the last five games.

Hendricks stated to the media following Thursday's morning skate that he feels he's anywhere from three to seven days away from a return to the lineup.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.29.2015 / 9:30 AM MT

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have recalled centre Leon Draisaitl from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.

Draisaitl, 20, has appeared in six games with the Condors this season, posting two points (1G, 1A) and four penalty minutes. The 6’1”, 210-pound forward posted nine points (2G, 7A) and four penalty minutes in 37 games with the Oilers last season.

The 6’1, 210-pound forward also appeared in 32 games with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Kelowna Rockets last season, recording 53 points (19G, 34A) and 25 penalty minutes. He also posted 28 points (10G, 18A) in 19 playoff games, leading the Rockets to the Memorial Cup Final.

The Oilers also announced they have assigned winger Tyler Pitlick and defenceman Joey LaLeggia to the Condors.

Forward Jordan Eberle has also been placed on long term injured reserve.

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.26.2015 / 1:24 PM MT
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POSTED ON Monday, 10.26.2015 / 1:14 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

One day after being denied of what looked like a sure game-tying goal with 3.8 seconds left from certain camera angles, the Oilers were talking about moving on.

“We have to shake it off. If we spend too much energy and focus on that, it’s in the past right now. We have a new game tomorrow and we’ll focus on that for sure,” said defenceman Oscar Klefbom.

Coach McLellan added that he obviously wasn't happy with the call but felt it was important to compose himself.

“I may be calm on the outside and not so happy on the inside but there’s nothing we’re going to do to change it. If we’re asking our team to have composure and to park situations or plays that maybe go against us — bad calls. We have to do the same as a management team and coaching staff. We’re not happy but we can move on.”

The bench boss also played devil's advocate.

“There can be a debate. I know if I was an L.A. King I’d be saying the right call was made. It can go either way. The call’s done, it’s over, we’ve moved on. Nothing we can do to change it now.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.26.2015 / 1:09 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz left the game on Sunday 8:18 into the second period and did not return. The Oilers didn't have any further clarification on the extent of Schultz's injury following practice in Leduc on Monday.

“He had an evaluation this morning and we’re awaiting the results. He’s likely not playing tomorrow if he’s not on the plane so we’ll deal with it after that,” Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said, adding that as a result of not knowing the extent of the injury, the next steps haven't been decided such as whether the team might call another defenceman up.

“Pete (Chiarelli) and I just met a couple minutes ago to discuss what the next step will be. We want to find out where Justin is before any decisions are made.”

McLellan added that he has been happy with the play of Schultz so far, with the exception of one or two hiccups along the way.

“Justin’s made strides for us all throughout training camp. He had a little bit of a setback against Washington but real good strides. His game is improving defensively. He’s trying to figure out the offensive part of it but I think he’s an important piece to our potential success now and moving forward. We’d like to see him get healthy and back as quick as possible.”

With Schultz's injury coming partway through the game on Sunday, the rest of the five healthy blueliners had to step it up. Oscar Klefbom was asked about losing his defence partner.

“Obviously yesterday it was tough to lose Justin. He’s one of the best defencemen, I think, on this team. It’s tough without him but we have eight good defencemen who are ready to go every night so we’ll be fine,” said Klefbom.

The Oilers defenceman did add that he’s glad to be getting some additional power play time. In fact, his unit was on the ice when the Oilers scored the tying goal late in the third period on Sunday night against the Kings.

“It felt good to be on the ice and it was a nice goal. I felt pretty bad it wasn’t enough to go to overtime.”

McLellan touched on the team's decision at the start of camp to carry eight defencemen. It's a decision that right now is paying off with two injured.

“Eight’s not ideal but eight sometimes is important when it comes to injury, when it comes to developing young defencemen. We talked about asset management with Brandon Davidson and when you have a veteran that’s sometimes not playing like Andrew’s been in that situation, it makes it tough for him and it’s not always pleasant,” McLellan began.

“But he’s handled it rather well. He’s a professional. Those are some of the headaches with eight. Some of the positives are that we get everybody involved in reps. We save a little bit of energy on them and we get a chance to figure out what we want to do as a group.”

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