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POSTED ON Friday, 17.01.2014 / 2:46 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Thursday, 16.01.2014 / 7:37 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
As per warm-ups, line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers tonight in Minnesota:

Hall-RNH-Gagner
Yakupov-Arcobello-Eberle
Hendricks-Gordon-Perron
Gazdic-Smyth-Jones

Defence pairings:

Ference-J.Schultz
Marincin-Petry
N.Schultz-Belov

Scrivens

Out: Larsen (illness), Potter (groin), Joensuu (flu), Hemsky (foot)
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POSTED ON Thursday, 16.01.2014 / 12:11 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Via the Oilers official Twitter account, head coach Dallas Eakins confirmed that Ben Scrivens will be getting his first start as an Oiler tonight in Minnesota.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 11:05 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 11:05 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Newly-acquired Oiler Matt Hendricks is somewhat of a shootout specialist, having gone 9-for-17 (52.9%) in his career. His best season was 2011-12 when he went 5-for-6.

Watch the YouTube video embedded below for some of his more memorable shootout attempts.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 5:51 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

MacTavish | Dubnyk | Dubnyk full media scrum | Hendricks | Bob McKenzie on the trade

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish talked to Oilers TV's Tom Gazzola about today's deals ( listen to it here). Here are some highlights:

On trading Dubnyk:

"We really felt for everybody it was time for a change with Devan. I think this change is really going to benefit Devan as well. I think it’s been tough on everybody, and that includes our goaltenders. It's a fresh start for Devan, which is important for him. He’s a guy who’s always been a consummate professional for us."

On acquiring Scrivens:

"It gives us an opportunity to bring in another goaltender, Ben Scrivens, who’s had statistically a very good season so far. It gives us an opportunity to have a pretty good look at him going forward to see where he could possibly fit in on a longer-term goaltending plan."

MacTavish also talked about how Scrivens stepped up earlier this season for the Kings.

"He really emerged when Jonathan Quick went down to injury the first time. Ben came in and played outstanding in relief of Jonathan. He was making a case for himself as a number one NHL goaltender in those starts that he had. that caught everybody’s attention and what’s given him this great opportunity."

The Oilers GM touched on Scrivens' previous relationship with head coach Dallas Eakins.

"He played very well for Dallas and he’s got a shot to come in here and really establish himself in the National Hockey League. It was important that Dallas gave him the thumbs up in terms of his relationship with Ben."

On adding Matt Hendricks:

"Matt Hendricks has a lot of leadership ability and we need more veteran presence really highlighted by how Andrew Ference has been for our hockey club as well as Boyd Gordon and now we add another guy that has really good leadership and compete level.

"He’s a good penalty killer. He takes face-offs during the penalty kill. He’s an excellent face-off guy. He can play up your lineup. He can play on your third line and definitely can play on your fourth line. He’s been playing right wing in Nashivllle. Our pro scouts have had an eye on him for quite some time."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 5:38 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

MacTavish | Dubnyk | Dubnyk full media scrum | Hendricks | Bob McKenzie on the trade

Matt Hendricks will wear number 23 for the Oilers and Ben Scrivens will wear number 30.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 3:16 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

MacTavish | Devan Dubnyk | Dubnyk full media scrum | Matt Hendricks | Bob McKenzie on the trade

The Oilers have acquired goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a third-round pick. Oilers official press release:

General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have acquired goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings, in exchange for a 3rd round draft selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Scrivens, 27, has appeared in 19 games for the Los Angeles Kings this season, posting a 7-5-4 record, .931 save percentage, 1.97 goals against average, and three shutouts.

The 6’2”, 193-pound netminder has compiled a record of 18-19-6 in 51 career NHL games. He has registered a .917 save percentage, 2.54 goals against average, and five career shutouts.

The Spruce Grove, Alberta native spent the past three seasons in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, splitting time with the Toronto Maple Leafs and their affiliate Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and the ECHL’s Reading Royals.

Scrivens was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2010, after spending four seasons with Cornell University of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 3:15 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Devan Dubnyk spoke with the media on Wednesday shortly after being traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for centre Matt Hendricks. ( WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE)

"It's shocking. I think when a season goes this way, no one really feels safe and everybody accepts that there's a possibility of something happening but when it does it catches you off guard."

Dubnyk was looking forward to the opportunity in Nashville.

"It's been a crazy day for me but the more I sit down and think about it, it's just a fantastic opportunity for me to go to a real good hockey team and play some games and I'm really excited about that."

The goaltender also reflected on his time in Edmonton.

"It's probably better to ask me in a couple weeks when I come back (January 26) when I have time to sit down and think about it all. This organization gave me an opportunity to live my dream and play in the NHL and I'll always be grateful for that."
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 3:14 PM

General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have acquired centre Matt Hendricks from the Nashville Predators, in exchange for goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

Hendricks, 32, has appeared in 44 games for Nashville this season, registering four points (2G, 2A) and 54 penalty minutes.

The Blaine, Minnesota native has spent time with the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, and Nashville Predators. Hendricks has accumulated 62 points (29G, 33A) and 419 penalty minutes in 307 career NHL games.

The 6’0”, 211-pound centre has recorded two points (1G, 1A) and 10 penalty minutes in 34 playoff games.

Hendricks was originally selected by Nashville in the 5th round, 131st overall in the 2000 NHL Draft.

TSN's Bob McKenzie talks about the CHL Top Prospects Game and gives his thoughts on the trade:

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