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POSTED ON Monday, 18.11.2013 / 12:31 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The following are today's forward lines at the Oilers practice:

Hall-RNH-Eberle

Smyth-Gordon-Perron

Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky

Jonesuu-Acton-Gazdic

J. Schultz is skating while Philip Larsen is not on the ice.

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POSTED ON Monday, 18.11.2013 / 12:16 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will wear number 80, as tweeted by the Oilers official Twitter account.

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POSTED ON Monday, 18.11.2013 / 12:02 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers, along with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place.

Check back for reports from practice as the day goes on.

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POSTED ON Monday, 18.11.2013 / 12:01 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced this morning that they have placed goaltender Jason LaBarbera on waivers.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 17.11.2013 / 3:00 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers have recalled goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from his conditioning stint in the American Hockey League.

In two games, Bryzgalov stopped 44 of 50 shots with a 1-1-0 record, 3.03 goals-against average and .880 save percentage as the Barons played the AHL's top team, the Abbotsford Heat, on the weekend.

The Barons dropped a 5-4 decision on Friday night but rebounded to win 4-1 on Saturday.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 16.11.2013 / 11:00 PM
By Chad Hudson - Oklahoma City Barons / Inside the Oilers

C.J. Stretch scored the first two goals for the Oklahoma City Barons, who defeated the Abbotsford Heat 4-1 Saturday night at Cox Convention Center. The Barons victory gave them a split on the weekend series and ended the Heat’s winning streak at nine games.

The Barons got on the board first at 12:37 of the second period when Andrew Miller won a race to the puck and fed Stetch a pass from behind the Heat net. Stretch added his second at 19:40 when Austin Fyten gathered the puck in the Heat zone and dropped the puck back for Stretch in the slot where his shot beat Joey MacDonald. Stretch’s two goals extended his point streak to four games, a season high for the Barons. Austin Fyten and Andrew Miller assisted on both goals as the line of Fyten, Stretch and Miller continued their productive play over the weekend.

Paul Byron brought the Heat back within one-goal at 9:59 of the third period, but Linus Omark regained the Barons’ two-goal lead on a powerplay goal less than two minutes later.

Omark’s goal came on a cross-ice pass from recently acquired Roman Horak and Omark put the puck off the near-post and in. Taylor Fedun was credited with the second assist.

Down 3-1, the Heat pulled MacDonald for an extra attacker, but Ben Eager gathered a neutral zone turnover on the right wing and put the Barons up 4-1 with the empty net goal at 18:27 of the third period. The Eager goal gave the Barons their largest margin of victory on the season to date.

Ilya Bryzgalov was sharp for the Barons all night as he stopped 25 of 26 shots in his second straight appearance for the Barons to earn the win. The Barons were 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Heat were held scoreless in their four power play chances. Bryzgalov made some of his biggest saves to keep the Barons penalty kill perfect on the night.

Stretch earned the first star, Fyten was second star and Bryzgalov was the third star of the victory. With the victory the Barons improved to 7-7-0-2 on the season, while Abbotsford dropped to 13-5-0-1, which is still an AHL best.

The Barons next action will be Tuesday, November 19 at 10:30 a.m. when they head to the AT&T Center to play the San Antonio Rampage.

Click here for the boxscore: http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1011326

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POSTED ON Saturday, 16.11.2013 / 7:38 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Mark Arcobello from the Oklahoma City Barons, the team announced today.

In 20 games this season for the Oilers, Arcobello has 12 points (2-10-12), and ranks tied for third on the team in scoring.

Per the team, the forward is not available to play for the Oilers tonight when they take on the Calgary Flames.

Earlier today, the Oilers assigned rookie defenceman Oscar Klefbom to OKC.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 16.11.2013 / 6:38 PM

General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have assigned defenceman Oscar Klefbom to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.

Klefbom, 20, has played in 12 games for the Barons this season, recording one assist and two penalty minutes.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 16.11.2013 / 1:52 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Earlier on Friday, Oilers centre Mark Arcobello was sent down to Oklahoma City but it was a move they had to make because of the roster situation, needing to call up a defenceman in Oscar Klefbom.

"We had made a decision that going against San Jose we were going to go with certain match-ups. They have a real heaviness to their team and we wanted to get some larger players in our lineup. The way the match-ups were going to go, with the three lines that we were going to run fairly heavily, Arco didn't fit into the fourth line that we were going to put together."

Arcobello is tied for third in the team with 12 points in 20 games this season.

"I let him know yesterday," Eakins continued. "It was a good news / bad news day for him. I asked him which one he wanted first. The good news is that we let him know that he could get a place to live here. He was able to do that. The bad news was that he wasn't going to play against San Jose."

With Bryzgalov in Oklahoma City but on a conditoning stint, he took up a roster spot so the team was at the maximum 23 and needed to make a move in order to call up Klefbom.

"Obviously, there was a lot of talk about the transaction today. We had a defenceman that came in out of nowhere with an injury that could have kept him out of the game. Ended up not missing the game but we had to scramble to get a roster spot to get a guy up here to possibly make it for the game. (Klefbom) couldn't quite get here in time but we were able to send down Arcobello without clearing waivers."

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POSTED ON Saturday, 16.11.2013 / 12:58 AM
By Cassie Gage - Oklahoma City Barons / Inside the Oilers
Ben Street had a hat trick for the Abbotsford Heat, who knocked off the Oklahoma City Barons 5-4 Friday night at Cox Convention Center. The Heat extended their current win streak to nine games.

After notching his first goal in the second period, Street scored twice within 27 seconds in the third, first tying the game for Abbotsford and later tallying the game-winning goal.

Abbotsford struck first at 15:58 in the first, when a Chris Breen shot from the point was redirected in front of the net by the Heat's Markus Granlund and skidded under Barons goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's pads for a 1-0 Heat lead.

The Barons answered quickly when Linus Omark received a pass from Anton Lander behind the Heat net and promptly fed Andrew Miller in front, who chipped the puck past Abbotsford goalie Joni Ortio to tie the game at 11:16.

There was plenty of action in the second period, as Oklahoma City tallied three goals and Abbotsford two.

The Barons' first goal of the period came at 16:33, as Miller gathered the puck to the right of the Heat net and flicked a pass to C.J. Stretch, sprinting ahead of two Abbotsford defenders.  Stretch received the pass, deked Ortio and backhanded a shot into the net for a 2-1 Barons lead.

Shortly thereafter, Denis Grebeshkov added to the Barons' lead on a bizarre play. While attempting to corral a Ryan Hamilton pass near the slot, Grebeshkov flipped the puck in the air and over heavy traffic in front of the Abbotsford net. As a shielded Ortio attempted to locate the puck, it sailed over his shoulder and just across the goal line, giving the Barons a 3-1 lead at 12:01.

Exactly one minute later, the Heat cut the Barons' lead to 3-2 after a Matt Ford roughing penalty at 8:59. Ben Hanowski scored the power play goal on a rebounded Michael Ferland shot from just in front of the Oklahoma City net. 

Less than a minute later, Abbotsford struck again, tying the game on a power play goal following an interference penalty at 10:41 to Omark. Street received a pass from Blair Jones and rifled it into the top shelf of the Oklahoma City net at 10:02 to knot the score at three apiece.

Oklahoma City regained the lead at 5:49 in the second when, on a two-on-two rush, Roman Horak sent a cross-ice pass to Hamilton who rifled a wrist shot around a Heat defender and over the glove of Ortio. 

Abbotsford eventually tied the game at 13:38 in the third period on Street's second game-tying goal, after center Brett Olson found Street alone in front of the Barons net. Just 27 seconds later, at 13:11, Street scored the eventual game winner, tipping the puck past Bryzgalov off a Blair Jones snapshot from just inside the blue line.

Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 24 Abbotsford shots in his first professional action since last season.

With the loss the Barons dropped to 6-7-0-2 on the season, while Abbotsford improved to an AHL best 13-4-0-1.

The two teams meet again Saturday night at Cox Convention Center. The puck drops at 7 p.m. CT. One fan will drive away in a brand-new Honda Civic during the team's Drive Away Every Saturday promotion. Fans can register for a chance to be a semifinalist at the game.

Click here for the boxscore: http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1011313
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