The Oilers are on the ice at Thursday’s practice at Rexall Place. Benoit Pouliot is absent from the skate.
Hall-Draisaitl-Eberle Pakarinen-RNH-Purcell Hendricks-Letestu-Korpikoski Khaira-Lander-Gazdic Klinkhammer extra No Pouliot— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) December 3, 2015
It was a moment of déjà vu for Oil Country.
In February, during the 2014-15 season, Rexall Place saw the Oilers and Bruins settle a tie game in a shootout that lasted 12 rounds. Edmonton skated to victory that night.
Tonight, the Oilers and Bruins settled a 2-2 score in a round of shootouts. Once again, Edmonton clinched the win.
“I think we were average tonight,” said Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien.
“Our skating game was there but we didn’t play a real hard game tonight and that’s what we needed to do. We needed to skate, we need to play hard against this team and we chose to kind of play a little bit more their type of game. We were going up and down when there were some plays being made but there were also a lot of chances that were traded off and that’s not the way we play.”
The Oilers, having returned from a five game road trip, denied the Bruins a sixth straight win.
“We definitely need to be better, I mean, we played a team that worked hard and they have obviously a lot of skill, they’re a very dangerous team and we didn’t have our best game, we need to be better,” said Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara.
“We certainly need to work much harder — winning more battles and races — and it just wasn’t good enough. We got a point out of it but I think we have to realize if we keep playing like this it’s just a matter of time where we’re going to burn ourselves.”
The Big Bad Bruins are in the barn and are looking to turn five consecutive wins into six.
With the Oilers returning from a five-game road trip with a 1-3-1 record, Boston forward Patrice Bergeron said the Bruins still need to be ready to set the pace.
“We know that sometimes you have the tired legs when you get back from a road trip like that, with the time change and everything, but I know out west they’re more used to that so I’m sure they’re going to be ready for us,” he said.
“But at the same time, for us it’s about using our speed and our legs and our energy is going to be the biggest key I think, especially early on.”
With a lot of new faces donning the black and gold jersey, Bergeron said the team chemistry off the ice and energy on it has been nothing but positive.
“I think right now everyone knows their role and is a big part of the team and the success and we need that,” said the alternate captain.
The Bruins are coming off a 4-3 win over the Rangers, Friday night.
“I think the Rangers game was a big statement game for us to play a good game, a solid game.... We have to build on that and move forward and we know that the Oilers are going to be a tough test for us as well.”
The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have activated defenceman Justin Schultz from Injured Reserve.
Schultz, 25, has appeared in nine games with the Oilers this season, registering one assist and two penalty minutes. He also ranks second on the Oilers in time on ice, averaging 21:46 of ice time per game.
The Oilers also announced today they have assigned defenceman Griffin Reinhart to the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.
Reinhart, 21, has appeared in 12 games with the Oilers this season, registering eight penalty minutes.
The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have recalled winger Jujhar Khaira from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.
Khaira, 21, has appeared in 16 games with the Condors this season, posting seven points (3G, 4A) and seven penalty minutes.
The Surrey, British Columbia native has accumulated 17 points (7G, 10A) and 71 penalty minutes in 73 career AHL games.
The Oilers rolled out a new look to their forward lines on Thursday at practice in Detroit. The movement up front is an attempt to spark production after the Oilers offence has sputtered in recent games. They were shut out in Washington and managed just one power play goal against Carolina in a 4-1 loss to the Canes last night.
The Oilers broke up the top six, with Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl sticking together along with new right winger Jordan Eberle. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was centring Lauri Korpikoski and Teddy Purcell on the other top line with Benoit Pouliot dropping down with Mark Letestu and Matt Hendricks.
Some of the tweaks were made necessary by the injury to Nail Yakupov. However, the Pouliot-Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle line didn’t produce like Head Coach Todd McLellan would have hoped at Carolina.
“That line had a tough night,” said McLellan. “The empty-netter is an empty-netter so they were -3, they were on for every goal. Some of them had absolutely nothing to do with being scored on. They just happened to be on the ice. Others had an involvement. I didn’t think they were real strong defensively, but certainly not offensively as well. They didn’t create anything, they didn’t get to the net, they didn’t get second chances. Power-play wise, they were OK but that’s a couple nights in a row so we’ve got to fix it.”
Following a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes last night, the Oilers were back to work at practice this morning. It was a lengthy practice with a lot of teaching and several battle drills.
The Oilers tweaked their forward lines and set out to work on issues in their game against the Canes. The endgame is a more competitive outing against the Red Wings here in Detroit tomorrow night.
“We went through some structure things where we broke down and then we took some of that on the ice and applied it,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “Hopefully, that sets us up for a competitive game tomorrow. A competitive game doesn’t guarantee victory but it gives you a chance.”
The Oilers have announced that Nail Yakupov is out 2-4 weeks with an ankle sprain.
#Oilers forward Nail Yakupov out 2-4 weeks (ankle sprain).— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 26, 2015
Yakupov left last night’s game at Carolina after getting tangled up with a linesman and did not return.
Hall - Draisaitl- Eberle
Korpikoski - Nugent-Hopkins - Purcell
Pouliot - Letestu - Hendricks
Gazdic - Lander - Pakarinen
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