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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.6.2015 / 9:30 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Ryan Hamilton was re-assigned to Bakersfield following tonight's game. He did not suit up for the Oilers tonight against Buffalo.

Hamilton, 30, has appeared in 18 games with the Condors this season, posting eight points (6G, 2A) and eight penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 11.15.2015 / 11:45 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have assigned goaltender Eetu Laurikainen from the AHL's Bakersfield Condors to HPK of the Finnish Elite League.

In his one start with the Condors, Laurikainen allowed four goals on 22 shots in a 4-3 loss to San Jose.

The move leavers the Condors with two goaltenders: Laurent Brossoit and Ben Scrivens.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 7:49 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

On Friday, the NHL announced the coaching staff for Team North America:

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today the appointment of Team North America’s Assistant Coaches: Jay Woodcroft (Edmonton Oilers), Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning), Peter DeBoer (San Jose Sharks) and Dave Tippett (Arizona Coyotes). The four assistant coaches will report to Team North America General Manager Peter Chiarelli (Edmonton Oilers), Associate General Manager Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks) and Head Coach Todd McLellan (Edmonton Oilers).

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan was asked about the decision to include assistant coach Jay Woodcroft on his staff.

“Woody and I have been together for a long, long time. I have a comfort in having Jay around for a lot of reasons. One, he keeps me organized. He’s a workaholic, gets a lot of work done. He understands my language and where I might be going with my thoughts and how to put things together. Technically, he can gather a lot of information. I think he’s as sharp a coach as there is out there right now,” McLellan began.

“He doesn’t quite get the recognition because of his path to the NHL but we’re very lucky to have him, not only with that World Cup team but also here in Edmonton.”

The head man for the Oilers also talked about the rest of the staff, which includes some accomplished head coaches from around the NHL.

Photo by Getty Images.

“A lot of experience. International experience. Coaches who have been around young players for awhile. I look at Tip (Dave Tippett) last night with (Anthony) Duclair, (Max) Domi, growing (Oliver) Ekman-Larsson. Jon Cooper in Tampa. Peter DeBoer in San Jose, he’s worked with young players in the past in Florida and New Jersey. San Jose is a bit of an older team now.

“The comfort of working with those people that I’ve been involved with in the past. We’re excited about it. There’s some teams there that have to win and our job is to go in and upset and stir the pot a little bit, see where we end up.”

Woodcroft talked about the honour of being named to the coaching staff at the tournament.

“It’s going to be a great learning experience for me, great experience for my family in my hometown of Toronto. Huge honour to have been asked to join such a prestigious coaching staff. I’m really looking forward to working with all the coaches and all the management,” he said.

The 39-year-old has worked with McLellan since 2005 when he was the video coach and McLellan the assistant for the Detroit Red Wings. McLellan then added Woodcroft to his staff as an assistant when he became head coach of the San Jose Sharks in 2008.

“I think we both have strengths. Having worked together for so long, there’s a chemistry with how we approach preparation. I think we see the game very similarly but we’re not afraid to challenge each other with new ideas.”

Woodcroft and McLellan also worked together last spring at the World Hockey Championships, helping lead Canada to a Gold Medal and undefeated record at the tournament.

“Having worked together in the past, not only in the NHL — Detroit, San Jose and now Edmonton — but internationally, there’s a comfort level with preparing a group to succeed.”

The Oilers assistant talked further about how that World Championships experience helped prepare him for the challenge that awaits next fall.

“It helped me because it was my first time on an international level. So the ability to work with players from different teams and quickly get your point across, quickly get everybody on the same page was a huge challenge. And I think Todd did a masterful job of bringing the entire group together: the coaching staff, the management group and also the players. And that’s why we ultimately had success.”

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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 7:34 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for pre-game warm-up in Los Angeles and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is not on the ice with the team. The club also has seven defencemen on the ice, with Andrew Ference the lone Oilers healthy skater who is not suited up for warm-up.

Lines for tonight appear to be:

Hall - Draisaitl - Purcell
Pouliot - Lander - Eberle
Hendricks - Letestu - Yakupov
Gazdic - Miller - Pakarinen

Nurse - Sekera
Klefbom - Fayne
Reinhart - Gryba
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POSTED ON Friday, 11.13.2015 / 3:30 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Friday, 11.13.2015 / 3:22 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

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.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 11.13.2015 / 1:32 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are on the ice for practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California (near the Los Angeles International Airport).

Matt Hendricks and Benoit Pouliot are both on the ice skating with the team.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 6:42 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Based on their skate in pre-game warm-up, the Oilers have a few lineup alterations tonight as they get set to play their second game in as many nights. 

Forward Lines:


Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Draisaitl
Purcell - Lander - Eberle
Yakupov - Letestu - Pakarinen
Gazdic - Miller - Slepyshev

Defensive Pairings:

Nurse - Sekera
Klefbom - Fayne
Davidson - Gryba
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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 11:13 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have recalled forward Anton Slepyshev from the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL due to an illness to forward Benoit Pouliot.

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.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 12:24 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

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."

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