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POSTED ON Wednesday, 30.10.2013 / 1:19 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced during warmups that David Perron would not suit up for the team in their game against Toronto. Perron missed the game with an 'illness' and Head Coach Dallas Eakins said after the game that there was no update on his return.

"He wasn't feeling well after the morning skate and then I basically just got word late in the afternoon that he wasn't feeling well at all so I had to be quick on my feet there to get the lineup right," said Eakins. "I'm not sure what the update is on him, I haven't even asked. I'll get word later tonight or tomorrow on him."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 30.10.2013 / 1:17 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The much anticipated return of Sam Gagner didn't have a fairytale ending as the centre's first game back from injury was spoiled by a 4-0 rout by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Despite the loss, it was good for Gagner to get back out in game action and the centre says he felt the hesitation and nerves early but settled in.

"I felt it early," said Gagner. "But I felt like I settled in. That's bound to happen, especially with an injury like this. You're going to be nervous a little bit. At the beginning, I felt like I felt my way into it a little bit and that's not something you want to do in this league. I felt better as I went along and hopefully I'll continue to get better here."

Head Coach Dallas Eakins says that Gagner will get better when he gets his legs under him.

"I like that he was making plays," said Eakins. "I didn't think his feet were moving that fast and that will come… The thing with Gagner tonight was that he was making plays and his timing will get more up to speed. I felt a few times he was coasting to make the pass where he could have drove his legs and make the play himself."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 30.10.2013 / 1:15 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers goalie Richard Bachman made his second straight start in net with Devan Dubnyk still on the mend with an ankle injury.

Hoping to build off of a 47 save performance in his debut, Bachman saved just 19 of 23 shots that he faced in a 4-0 loss. However, the numbers may not tell the whole story.

"I thought he played well again tonight," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "The 2-on-1 goals are tough for a goalie and the goal that Kessel scored, there's not many guys that are going to score that goal from right by the goal line to be able to roof it like that. I don't fault him on that won either. He played well again for me and we've got a day off tomorrow, I can think about it more and we'll see how (Devan Dubnyk) is going forward."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 29.10.2013 / 8:54 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The 'injury bug' has struck the Oilers yet again and this time it hits David Perron as the winger will miss tonight's game with an illness.

     "David Perron (illness) will not dress for tonight."
                                                           @EdmontonOilers

Denis Grebeshkov will most likely slot in for Perron as the 7th defenceman.

Perron has been a solid addition to the Edmonton roster so far this season. He has played in all 13 games for the Oilers, scoring two goals and adding seven assists. He has 47 shots on goal, including 21 in the last four games.

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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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