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POSTED ON Sunday, 27.10.2013 / 4:48 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins told the media today that there was a need to recall a goaltender because their starter Devan Dubnyk is dealing with a small injury.

"(Dubnyk) has got a wonky ankle," said Eakins. "I think if we were in total dire straights in a playoff game, he might be able to suck it up and play but it's not something we want to fool around with. We just decided to let him get that healed and give (Richard) Bachman a chance."

Eakins says the reason Bachman starts is because he was a little concerned with the quick turnaround to start Jason LaBarbera again and that the team wanted to give their new goalie a chance.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 27.10.2013 / 4:11 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced on Sunday afternoon that they have recalled defenceman Corey Potter from his conditioning stint in Oklahoma City. Potter played two games this weekend for the Barons in San Antonio and had no points.

Last season, Potter had three goals and four points in 33 games for the Oilers as well as a team-leading +8 rating.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 27.10.2013 / 3:15 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

UPDATE: Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins stated that Dubnyk has a minor ankle injury and Bachman will start tonight.

The Oilers announced this morning that they have recalled goaltender Richard Bachman and forward Anton Lander from the Oklahoma City Barons.

Lander, who was recently named captain of the Barons, has six points this season (2 goals, 4 assists) in 8 games. In 67 career NHL games, Lander has two goals and five assists for seven points and 14 PIM. Last season, he suited up with the Oilers for 11 games and had an assist.

Lander was Edmonton's second choice, 40th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Richard Bachman has a 2.37 goals-against average and .925 save percentage this season with the Barons and a 3-4-1 record.

Bachman has played 32 career NHL games and has a 14-10-1 record. He has a 2.94 goals-against average and .901 save percentage with one shutout.

Bachman was originally signed by the Oilers on July 6, 2013.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 27.10.2013 / 2:53 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

In addition to announcing Richard Bachman as the starter in goal, Eakins also added that Nick Schultz will draw back into the lineup tonight on defence, but did not say who he would be replacing.

Anton Lander will make his season debut on the wing, playing in Pitlick's spot with Boyd Gordon and Ryan Jones.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 27.10.2013 / 2:46 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins stated that Richard Bachman will start in goal tonight for the Oilers against the Kings. He added that Dubnyk has a minor ankle injury.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 26.10.2013 / 7:08 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers rookie forward Tyler Pitlick had an up and down game today against Phoenix. The good was that he played well, scoring his first career NHL goal which gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead in the first period.

However, Pitlick would leave the game in the second period with a left knee injury and did not return.

Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said this after the game:

"He's hurt, he didn't come back in the game, and that's not a good sign. We'll either call somebody up or we may just go with seven (defencemen)."

Eakins says that it was unfortunate to see Pitlick go down as he was having a good game.

"He does the simple things. He gets pucks deep and he goes after the body. We're asking our guys to shoot the puck from all angles, and he's doing it. It was tough for the kid to leave the game like that."

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POSTED ON Friday, 25.10.2013 / 3:22 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

VIDEO: Post-Practice Story (coming) | Dallas Eakins Jordan Eberle | Justin Schultz | Boyd Gordon

AUDIO: Dallas Eakins | Jordan Eberle | Justin Schultz | Boyd Gordon

The Oilers practiced in Leduc on Friday prior to departure for their weekend games in Phoenix and Los Angeles.

The line combinations at practice were:

Yakupov - RNH - Eberle
Perron - Arcobello - Hemsky (Hamilton)
Jones - Gordon - Pitlick (Gagner)
Gazdic - Acton - Eager

The lines were the same as last night's game against the Capitals.

“I thought they had great chemistry for two periods," Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said about the line of Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle. "They were actually playing quite well against the Ovechkin line. Then in the third it seemed to fall away. With our record, and with our injuries it’s been a lot of different line combinations and I just want to breathe for another day so I think I’m going to leave them.”

Eakins said that the team will likely go with Jason LaBarbera in goal on Saturday against the Coyotes.

“I’d like to give Barbs a chance against his old teammates,” said Eakins. “I think we’ll go that way. There’s two sides of the coin. He’s going to play his old teammates and he’ll be excited and motivated but his teammates are going to be motivated to play against him as well. That’s the way we’re leaning right now.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 25.10.2013 / 3:20 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

VIDEO: Post-Practice Story (coming) | Dallas Eakins Jordan Eberle | Justin Schultz | Boyd Gordon

AUDIO: Dallas Eakins | Jordan Eberle | Justin Schultz | Boyd Gordon

The Oilers power play currently ranks 24th in the NHL with a 12.8% success rate. They have five goals on 39 opportunities. Adding to that, the Oilers have a league-high three shorthanded goals against.

Coach Eakins used a good portion of Friday’s practice in Leduc to work on the power play.

“It was more just the basics of the power play. I liked our power play last night, especially our very first power play that we had. We came out really bombing it. A goal there would have changed the game dramatically, I think,” Eakins said. “You have to stay encouraged by that. They’ve taken a step forward, listening. Today was more about reinforcing that message.”

The head coach had five-on-four, five-on-three and four-on-three drills during the practice.

“With the four-on-three and the five-on-three stuff, just to get in time to know that we know what we’re doing. It’s a necessary part of it. It brings the practice to an absolute halt but it’s necessary to do it so we have those things covered off.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 25.10.2013 / 3:18 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Despite a multitude of scoring chances and solid play, particularly early on, Jordan Eberle's line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov finished minus-four on the night Thursday against Washington. Eberle spoke to that after practice Friday.

“Any time you go minus-four you take a few things (away from the game) but that being said, I don’t think the plus/minus stat really reflected the game. I really thought that we had a ton of chances and it could have gone either way,” Eberle began.

“I had a great first shift. For most of the first two periods we were all over them. Then you just make a couple of mistakes and they capitalize. In that aspect, it’s tough to look at minus-four and say you had a bad game where I thought we played pretty well.”

With key offensive players like Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner out as well as depth forwards who had been contributing like Jesse Joensuu and Ryan Smyth, Eberle knows the pressure is on his line to contribute.

“You just want to continue playing any way that you can. Those players being out are key players for us. We’ve got to pick up the offence as a collective group. As one of the lines that plays a lot of minutes and a lot of offensive minutes, we want to be a line that scores offensively and keeps the puck out of our net.”

Eberle also looked ahead to the weekend trip to Phoenix and L.A. which begins tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. MDT at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.

“We’ve got back-to-back games here coming up (so you want to) try and conserve energy as much as we can. And we need a couple wins.”
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POSTED ON Friday, 25.10.2013 / 12:14 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced this morning that defenceman Corey Potter has been assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons on a conditioning assignment.

From the OKC Barons press release:

The Edmonton Oilers have assigned defenceman Corey Potter to the Oklahoma City Barons on a conditioning assignment. Potter has registered 25 points (7-18-25) in 95 games with the Oilers over the past two seasons, but has not played this season due to injury. The Lansing, Mich. native was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the 4th round (122nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

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