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Oilers head coach Todd McLellan was asked to give an update on some of the injuries and illnesses that have been plaguing the team on this road trip.
“He and Ference is the other one who’s been sick enough that they haven’t played,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan of Benoit Pouliot. “They’re both skating today. I talked to them about how they feel and they’re getting close to normal again.”
The bench boss added that it's not simply a matter of just getting healthy again when a player gets hit with the flu.
“You have to rehydrate, you have to get the food back in the body and make sure you feel good. We think they’ll be ready but we won’t know until tomorrow.”
McLellan also gave an update on Matt Hendricks, who's missed the last three games with an injury.
“Matty’s not a flu issue, it’s an injury. He’s had some good skates now. Based on body language and facial expressions, he looked like he was happy to be out there and that’s always a good sign heading into tomorrow.”
Hendricks talked about wanting to get back on the ice to help the team as soon as possible.
“It’s frustrating,” said Hendricks. “I want to be out there helping the team any way I can but unfortunately the ailment kept jumping up at me and biting at me. The swelling, I couldn’t get it out of there. You lose the stability and it’s pretty weak.”
When asked whether he might play tomorrow, Hendricks was hopeful.
“I’m hoping. I’m pushing for tomorrow so I’m sure it’ll be a game-time decision or however we want to phrase it. But I’m going to prepare like I’m going to play tomorrow.”
The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have assigned winger Anton Slepyshev to the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.
Slepyshev, 21, has appeared in 11 games with the Oilers this season, registering one assist and two penalty minutes.
The 6’2”, 187-pound winger has also played in three games with the Condors this season, posting four penalty minutes.
The Oilers are on the ice for practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California (near the Los Angeles International Airport).
Stay tuned for further updates.
Connections between the Oilers and Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey run deep. Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli is a GM for the team, while Todd McLellan is the bench boss for both Edmonton and North America.
Now you can add Oilers Assistant Coach Jay Woodcroft to the list.
The NHLPA and NHL announced today that Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay), Peter DeBoer (San Jose), Dave Tippett (Arizona) and Woodcroft will serve as assistants on Team North America. They will report to Chiarelli, McLellan and Associate GM Stan Bowman.
“We are excited to announce Team North America’s assistant coaches for the World Cup of Hockey 2016,” Chiarelli said in a press release. “Jon, Peter, Dave and Jay are great additions to our staff and their tremendous experience will go a long way in helping our young players have a successful tournament.”
Woodcroft joined McLellan’s staff in Edmonton this off-season and previously served in the same capacity for the San Jose Sharks when McLellan coached there for seven seasons. Woodcroft also spent three seasons in Detroit as an assistant, winning the 2008 Stanley Cup.
Team North America will combine top players under the age of 23 from both Canada and the United States. The squad will compete against Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Team Europe, Russia, Sweden and the U.S. in September of 2016 in Toronto.
Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Draisaitl
Purcell - Lander - Eberle
Yakupov - Letestu - Pakarinen
Gazdic - Miller - Slepyshev
Nurse - Sekera
Klefbom - Fayne
Davidson - Gryba
At AZ--Hall-RNH-Draisaitl, Purcell-Lander-Eberle, Yak-Letestu-Pakarinen, Gazdic-Miller-Slep, Nurse-Sekera, Klefbom-Fayne, Davidson-Gryba.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) November 13, 2015
In three games with the Condors, Slepyshev had four penalty minutes and no points. He had one assist in 10 games with the Oilers earlier this season.
Teddy Purcell scored the overtime winner against the Ducks Wednesday night so not surprisingly, he's quite in favour of the NHL's new three-on-three format.
"If we lost that game you could probably say 3-on-3 is tough, but I think it’s exciting," he said. "I think that it’s something different. I don’t think a lot of guys were fans of the shootouts anyways."
Purcell credited goaltender Anders Nilsson keeping the play alive with helping the team get the 4-3 victory.
"They had a 3-on-2 and I just fell behind the play there and Leon (Draisaitl) did a great job of back-checking and breaking it up. Then (Nilsson) made a heads-up play keeping the play alive and then Sekera made a great pass. So it was a lot of things in one to get that breakaway."
Former Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff registered his 500th career NHL point with a goal in the third period. However, Horcoff wasn't too willing to speak about the accomplishment following a loss.
"Maybe when everything is said and done I’ll think back, but right now it’s just another point. It would’ve been a little nicer with a win, but I’ll think about all that stuff later," he said.
Horcoff said the team should have been able to hold onto the multiple leads they had, particularly in the third.
"We had two leads in the third period. That should be enough to win, but we just didn’t get it done defensively. We’ll take the point and move on."
Horcoff had 446 of his career points in Oilers colours (164 goals, 282 assists).
Being the first goaltender to step off the ice at morning skate, Anders Nilsson gets the start in goal tonight for the Oilers.