Hall - RNH - Draisaitl
Pouliot - McDavid - Yakupov
Korpikoski - Pakarinen - Purcell
Gazdic - Lander - Letestu
Nurse - Sekera
Klefbom - Davidson
Ference - Gryba
Extras: Reinhart, Fayne
Looks like pairings will be Nurse-Sekera, Klefbom-Davidson, Ference-Gryba. Reinhart & Fayne appear to be extras.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) October 31, 2015
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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.
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.”
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.”
Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chairelli announced today, Justin Schultz (back) will be sidelined 2-4 weeks.
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.
Best case scenario for @MattHendy26's return from his foot/ankle injury is three to four days, but he says it could be up to a week.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 29, 2015
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.
Forward Jordan Eberle has also been placed on long term injured reserve.
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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.”