INSIDE THE OILERS
POSTED ON Tuesday, 29.10.2013 / 2:46 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Although the Oilers have moved forward Mark Arcobello to the wing, with the return of Sam Gagner, he may still chip in on draws for the team.

Now on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at centre and David Perron on the right side, Arcobello could take face-offs if his new centre has a slow start in the dot.

"It will be good if maybe 'Nuge is having a little bit of trouble, I'll slide to jump in and help out," said Arcobello. "We'll see how he starts off taking draws and if he asks me to take a couple, I'll be more than happy to."

The centre says it is good to have a player like Arcobello on his line with the versatility he has to make the jump to the wing and chip in when needed.

"Mark's been playing awesome so far this year," said Nugent-Hopkins. "We're all super pumped to see that, especially with Sam being out. We needed somebody to step in and pick it up for him and that's exactly what happened with Mark. The fact that he can jump over to the wing and be effective, which we know that he can, is a big positive sign for him."

When Edmonton and Toronto last faced off of October 12, Arcobello finished the game with a 75% face-off win percentage while Nugent-Hopkins finished at just 47%.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 29.10.2013 / 2:45 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

After stepping into the starting role against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday and making 47 saves in a shootout loss, Richard Bachman earned both another start tonight against Toronto but also the confidence of his teammates.

"He was outstanding that game," said Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. "He was outstanding. Positionally, he was always in perfect position and he battled hard to get pucks. As players, we see that. We see him battling and it makes you want to work harder for your goaltender."

The Oilers players regretted not giving the backstop more support on their end, something they'll try to do tonight.

"We didn't do a great job of limiting the shots for him but we were lucky to have him back there the other night."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 29.10.2013 / 2:45 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers centre Sam Gagner will play tonight after missing 13 game following surgery to mend a broken jaw suffered in the pre-season.

The forward says he doesn't know what his drop off will be when it comes to his game but the training staff and doctors did an excellent job of keeping his weight up and his recovery on track.

"It's hard to say," Gagner said when asked what he may be missing when he steps back on the ice. "I think you're always going to lose things when you're not able to eat what you can. I felt like I've done a good job of trying to maintain my weight and my strength and the training staff and the doctors have been unbelievable helping me out with that. I feel good, I feel ready to go and I wouldn't be playing if I didn't. I'm excited for tonight and looking forward to it."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 29.10.2013 / 12:40 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Oilers centre Sam Gagner looks to be making his return to the lineup tonight after being out since suffering a broken jaw on September 21 in a pre-season game against Vancouver.

The lines at morning skate:

Yakupov-Gagner-Eberle
Arcobello-RNH-Perron
Jones-Gordon-Smyth
Gazdic-Acton-Eager

Ryan Hamilton was also skating but neither he or Ryan Smyth are expected to play. Being an optional morning skate, Hemsky could potentially slot in where Smyth was.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 29.10.2013 / 12:38 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced on Tuesday morning that Anton Lander had been re-assigned to the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons.

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POSTED ON Monday, 28.10.2013 / 8:16 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

On Sunday, L.A.'s Kyle Clifford had a knee-on-knee collision with Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. On Saturday, Martin Hanzal charged Jeff Petry. Today, both players were penalized for their actions by NHL Player Safety.

On Clifford:

Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford has been fined $2,756.41, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for kneeing Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in NHL Game No. 170 in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 27, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

On Hanzal, who received two games (Video):

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POSTED ON Monday, 28.10.2013 / 2:11 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers fans were treated to a show of superb goaltending tonight as Richard Bachman made 47 saves, including three in overtime, in the team's 2-1 shoot-out loss.

What makes the Oilers backstop's effort even more impressive was that it came on the same day that he was called up from the minors.

"Bacher was great tonight," said Boyd Gordon. "He made some big saves and kept us in the game. He was our best player tonight."

“It was a fantastic job by him," said Oilers Captain Andrew Ference. "It’s a very tough team to play against for a goalie they stuff a lot of pucks around the net. It was a great performance by him. “

Bachman withstood a flurry of pressure by the Kings in the third period, stopping 23 shots in the final frame.

"You do get in a groove, but at this level, with this league, these guys are good, you can’t relax too much," said Bachman. "You know, you’re feeling it out there, you feel good, you’re seeing it but you got to stay alert because these guys, if you get too comfortable, they’ll make you pay quickly.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 28.10.2013 / 2:10 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

In the first period, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the victim of a knee-on-knee hit by Kyle Clifford. Upon review of the replay it appeared that Clifford stuck his leg out to catch Nugent-Hopkins with a hit.

No penalty was called on that hit, however Nugent-Hopkins left the game for a few minutes before returning. Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakns commented on that play after the game.

“Well anytime you get a guy that sticks out his knee and knees a guy we all hold our breath," said Eakins. "Nuge was able to return, and then we will have to reassess him. Sometimes these things get worse overnight. Right now we are hopeful that he dodged a bullet on a bad hit.”

The 'bad hit' earned retribution in the form of Ryan Jones who, later in the game, fought with the Kings player.

Moments later, Luke Gazdic tossed the gloves with Jordan Nolan.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 27.10.2013 / 4:50 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers starting goaltender for this evening's game will be Richard Bachman, who was recalled this morning from the Oklahoma City Barons in the AHL.

With the Barons this season, Bachman has a 2.37 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.

Bachman says that he is not too surprised that he was called up this early into the season.

"You're a little surprised," said Bachman. But then again, I've been in pro hockey for five years and I've seen stranger stuff happen. You kind of don't get surprised by much anymore. You never know when it's going to happen. It could be when you don't expect it or it never comes."

The Oilers net minder has 32 career NHL games under his belt and a record of 14-10-1 with a 2.94 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. This is an opportunity for the goalie to showcase his talents with Edmonton and possibly earn himself more starts.

"He had a good camp," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "But the other two are NHL goalies. I think they had earned the right to start here. As things move forward, it's always a challenge. The guys in the American League have to live their life on, 'I'm getting called up tomorrow',and they have to be ready for their chance. We'll see if Mr. Bachman is ready for his chance tonight."

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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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