Tyler Pitlick will be on a line with Mark Arcobello and David Perron on Sunday night against the New York Rangers. For Pitlick, he's skating with a couple of players he's familiar with. He skated with Perron in his first game up with the Oilers back on December 1 and played with Arcobello in Oklahoma City.
"I think it’ll be great," said Pitlick of his new linemates. "Me and Arco played together my first year in OKC pretty much the whole year. And on and off throughout the years that he was there. He was up and down quite a bit.
"I’m familiar with him and we’re kind of familiar with each other. We can trust each other so I think it’ll be good to have that factor," Pitlick continued. "Me and Perron played together that first game and I thought we played well together getting pucks in deep, playing a simple game and letting the forecheck take care of the work."
Arcobello added that he was looking forward to playing with Pitlick.
"He plays hard every game. He’s got good speed and size and likes to throw the body. It’s nice to have him on the forecheck. He’ll chip it in and press a lot of those D. It’s going to be good."
Line combinations are:
Looks like Hall-RNH-Purcell at practice this morning. Yak-Draisaitl-Eberle. Perron-Arcobello-Pitlick. Gazdic-Hendricks-Pinizzotto.— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) December 13, 2014
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Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish will address the media on Friday morning to take questions from the media.
From the team's media release:
Edmonton Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish will host a media availability tomorrow, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. at Rexall Place.
MacTavish will address the Oilers performance through 26 games and take questions from the media.
We will have the press conference LIVE on edmontonoilers.com beginning at 9:00 a.m. MST
Based on jersey colours, forward lines appear to be:
Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was suspended by the NHL for two games on Thursday for his hit on Taylor Hall. From the NHL's press release:
NEW YORK (Nov. 27, 2014) – Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended for two games, without pay, for kneeing Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall during NHL Game No. 319 in Dallas on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 12:17 of the third period. Garbutt was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.
Garbutt is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $43,902.44. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Dallas forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended 2 games for kneeing Edmonton forward Taylor Hall.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 27, 2014
It appears both Justin Schultz and Martin Marincin will be healthy scratches. Jesse Joensuu draws in with Luke Gazdic coming out.
"Justin has struggled a little bit as of late, and we felt it was best to hit the reset button." - Coach Eakins on Schultz sitting tonight— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 27, 2014
Oilers Vice Chairman Bob Nicholson spoke about Pat Quinn on Monday, who passed away on Sunday.
"On behalf of the Oilers, and especially myself and my wife Lorna, we'll never forget all the great summers we had together," Nicholson began. "(Pat) will always be one of my best friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Quinn family."
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins and winger Jordan Eberle also gave their thoughts on the passing of Quinn.
“It’s a sad day with the passing of a great coach, Pat Quinn. A guy that I looked up to and has been somewhat of a mentor over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Eakins remarked.
Jordan Eberle won a Gold Medal with Quinn at the World Junior Hockey Championship and World Under-17s.
"Pat was a guy I have fond memories of," said Eberle. "I had him in the World Juniors in 2008 and the World Under-17. I remember being 17 years old and he was our coach and walking in scared to talk to him because of the presence that he was.
"The way he conducted himself he had a lot of respect for sure. It's tough to see him go. Condolences to his family and the organization here he was a big part of, too."
Viktor Fasth also provided his thoughts on goaltending coach Freddie Chabot being relieved of his duties on Monday following practice in Leduc.
"It's a tough day," said Fasth. "We have to play better and it feels like we let Freddie down. We've got to do better than we've done so far, from me and the whole team. We've got to be better.
"We lost a lot of games lately here and I don't think anybody is happy with their performance."