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POSTED ON Wednesday, 08.10.2014 / 3:53 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot did not skate yesterday, but was on the ice today for practice. Head Coach Dallas Eakins said he was dealing with a hip flexor injury on Tuesday. Pouliot says it was feeling much better today.

“I’m feeling good,” Pouliot said. “It’s been a long week, I haven’t really skated that much as I’m trying to stay off of it and trying to heal whatever is going on. But I felt great this morning and hopefully tomorrow I will feel the same way.”

Pouliot says he does not know the exact origin of the injury, he’s just trying to make sure it doesn’t affect him much longer.

“Just a bad hip. I guess it happened when skating or maybe I got hit, I have no clue. One day it was really sore and I just tried to get it better so it doesn’t keep going for a few games or a few days.”

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 08.10.2014 / 1:28 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Forward combinations:

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Pouliot-Arcobello-Purcell
Perron-Draisaitl-Yakupov
Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu
Acton & Gazdic

Defensive combinations:

Ference-Petry
Nikitin-Fayne
Klefbom-Schultz
Nurse-Hunt

Benoit Pouliot did not skate yesterday (hip flexor) but is on the ice today.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 08.10.2014 / 12:04 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse will both make their NHL debuts wearing different numbers. Draisaitl has switched to number 29 and Nurse has switched to number 25.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.10.2014 / 6:24 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are hoping that when it comes to their goaltenders, they don’t have to choose just one starter. The team feels they have two quality NHL goalies in Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth.

“I hope they both play well enough that they both play 41 games,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “I hope they both play so well that we just are able to split it. I hope that happens. Will it? I don’t know. Unless something happens and somebody falls off, which could happen, or somebody springs ahead then we will deal with it then. Knowing the two guys and how competitive they are and how supportive they are of each other, I think you’re going to see a real even match and I’m hopeful that they can both do the job.”

Scrivens played 21 games for the Oilers last season, posting a 3.01 GAA and .916 save percentage. Fasth played seven games, recording a 2.73 GAA and .914 save percentage.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.10.2014 / 4:26 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.10.2014 / 2:41 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins talked about naming Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle the full-time alternate captains for the 2014-15 season.

"Andrew (Ference) is second-to-none in the League with his leadership," Eakins said about his captain. "I believe Taylor and Ebs have earned full-time spots."

Last season, Matt Hendricks and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both wore the A at times. Eakins said he had conversations with both players and expects significant leadership from them despite not wearing a letter.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.10.2014 / 2:39 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins spoke to the media after practice on Tuesday and commented on the status of Benoit Pouliot -- who did not skate -- and defenceman Nikita Nikitin.

Eakins said that Pouliot did not skate today due to a hip flexor but that he's probably for Thursday. Nikitin did skate but his status for Thursday remains up in the air. He has been out with an ankle injury.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.10.2014 / 1:51 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers have named the team's two alternate captains for the 2014-15 season:
  • Jordan Eberle
  • Taylor Hall
Eberle and Hall will serve as full-time alternate captains for the team.

Read more in the Oilers Press Release.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.10.2014 / 1:47 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are practicing the power play, with the same units as Sunday with the exception of Will Acton in place of Benoit Pouliot on the first power play unit in front of the net. Skating with Acton is Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Eberle and Schultz.

On the second unit: David Perron, Leon Draisaitl, Teddy Purcell, Nail Yakupov and Brad Hunt.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.10.2014 / 1:38 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place today. On defence, Nikita Nikitin is back skating with the team and taking a regular rotation:

The forward units are coloured for power play and Benoit Pouliot is currently not on the ice. Check back for further updates.

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