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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.8.2015 / 10:21 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are practicing in New Jersey at the Devils' practice rink attached to the Prudential Center.

Taylor Hall, Benoit Pouliot and Jeff Petry are not skating. Forward lines are the same as last game:

Purcell-RNH-Eberle
Fraser-Roy-Yakupov
Gazdic-Lander-Pakarinen
Hendricks-Gordon-Klinkhammer
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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.7.2015 / 9:29 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate in Toronto. The lines up front are the same as yesterday's practice:

Purcell-RNH-Eberle
Fraser-Roy-Yakupov
Gazdic-Lander-Pakarinen
Hendricks-Gordon-Klinkhammer
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.6.2015 / 2:39 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.6.2015 / 2:37 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Todd Nelson was asked after practice about the team's continued improvement on the ice. After winning just seven of their first 36 games, the club is 7-7-2 in their last 16.

“It’s getting better. Every day we go out to practice we stress tempo, execution and compete," Nelson began. "Today’s practice was a good day for us. We had all those elements and the guys worked hard. All we can do is just keep working at it.

“Every day we go out there’s been signs of improvement.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.6.2015 / 2:37 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson was asked following practice on Friday about the status of Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot since neither player skated with the team.

“It’s day-to-day with both guys," said Nelson. "Benoit is probably going to recover a bit quicker than Taylor. They’re both on the trip and I think the first step is get them out for practice and see how they feel.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.6.2015 / 2:37 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Defenceman Martin Marincin was recalled on Thursday and joined the team today in Toronto. Oilers interim head coach wasn't tipping his hand in terms of what his lineup might look like on Saturday but he did say it was likely Marincin will play.

“It’s a strong possibility," he said. "We brought him up here for a reason. We haven’t made a decision on the lineup yet. I wanted to see how he was in practice — I thought he was fine. It gives us options on this trip.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.6.2015 / 11:02 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Toronto at the Leafs practice facility.

Forward line combinations are:

Purcell-RNH-Eberle
Fraser-Roy-Yakupov
Gazdic-Lander-Pakarinen
Hendricks-Gordon-Klinkhammer

Martin Marincin is on the ice but defence pairings are not yet apparent.

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.30.2015 / 1:41 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Friday, 01.30.2015 / 1:35 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Keith Aulie makes his return to the Oilers lineup after missing 11 games since his last outing on December 31 in Calgary. He will be paired with Mark Fayne.

“We’ll just put him in the slot where Niki (Nikitin) was. He played with Fayne before so that’s what we’re doing,” said Oilers coach Todd Nelson, adding that Aulie can't change the way he's plays despite his last game being one where he received a game misconduct and subsequent suspension.

“He has to play that style. That’s what got him here to the National Hockey League and that’s what’s going to keep him here,” Nelson continued. “He plays an aggressive style. He has to keep things simple out there and just play a good defensive game. In the last game he played, he was playing very well and he’s been working extremely hard in practice. I think his puck skills have definitely improved in the last month or so.”

Aulie said he's excited to get back into the lineup.

"I've been working hard every day to stay ready," he stated. "As a player you want to play but you can only control what you can control. Come to the rink every day with a hard-working attitude and just be ready for your opportunity."

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.30.2015 / 1:31 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers return to Calgary for the first time since December 31. Oilers head coach Todd Nelson talked about the team's growth since then.

“We’ve grown since that time as a team. Every day we’re trying to make ourselves better and I think we’re improving in certain aspects. We talked about going hard to the net, shooting the puck more, competing harder. We’re seeing improvements with that. We’re striving to have our team do it for 60 minutes consistently. That’s our goal.”

The Oilers have picked up points in three of its last four games.

“Everyone’s excited to play Saturday night in Calgary. It’s always a fun time. We’re ready to try to keep things going. We’re on a bit of a run here, collected a few points over the last four or five games. It’s a good test for our hockey team.”

Matt Hendricks talked about how the team's better practice habits have helped contribute to their upswing.

“I think our practice habits have improved dramatically in terms of the work ethic. The attitude at practice every day is much improved. I think we’re seeing some results on the ice,” Hendricks began. “We wanted to be a team that outworked (other teams) and it just hasn’t worked out. Nelly’s put us in a position for practice where if you don’t do it you’ll be left behind.”

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