When the Oilers and Sabres look at the standings and see each other listed as their next opponent, both may see it as an easy win or even a must win. However, the Oilers will not get caught underestimating Buffalo when it comes to their matchup tomorrow night.
“We’re in no position to take anybody lightly, where we’re at in the standings,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “I don’t expect that. I expect Buffalo to be coming hard after losing their game the way they did to Colorado. I’d like us to have a little more fight in our game to get to the net. That’s what we were working on today to generate some more scoring because right now, it’s basically one line generating all of our scoring chances and we’ve got to have the other three lines pick up the slack in that department.”
“They’re 30th, we’re 29th,” Taylor Hall said. “It’s a game that both teams don’t want to lose. Anytime you see a team in the standings that’s near you or below you, you want to beat them just to kind of validate yourself a little bit for sure.”
The Edmonton Oilers may have left Boston carrying the weight of a 4-0 loss, but they did not leave without a blueprint for how they’d like to proceed forward. The Bruins, the ‘jewel of the east’ as goalie Ben Scrivens called them, are one of the NHL’s elite and play exactly how Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins envisions for the future of the team.
It’s a matter of getting the players to buy-in to a defence first mentality and translate that into their play.
“They’re the best defensive team in the league and they give up very little,” Eakins said. “I thought we were okay through two periods and the third fell away from us, especially after the second goal. Through two periods, the chances were actually quite close and then it fell away from there. It’s something that we’re hammering away to the players and the simple reality is if the other team doesn’t score, you’re not going to lose the game. We have to have that mentality here and it’s been a process. It’s an on-going process to get the players to totally understand that, to totally buy in to that and play that way.”
The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center.
The lines are as follows:
Jeff Petry is not on the ice
Petry not on the ice this morning.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) February 2, 2014
The Edmonton Oilers assigned forward Mark Arcobello to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.
Arcobello has scored 18 points (4-14-18) in 41 games with the Oilers this season.
He is the Barons all time leader in goals (50), assists (83) and points (133) while being second in games played (173).
Mark Fraser on Oilers Now
Take a look below at a random assortment of Mark Fraser hits and fights from the past year.
Mark Fraser will wear number five for the Oilers, he confirmed in an interview with edmontonoilers.com's Chris Wescott.
Fraser also talked about changing Canadian markets.
Fraser will wear #5 for the #Oilers. He credits Dallas Eakins for rejuvenating his career when he came to the Marlies in 2011-12.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 31, 2014
"I'm happy to get to play for another organization with extremely passionate fans. I'm very excited."
The big defenceman also talked about his style of play and how he might fit in with the Oilers.
"I'm confident I can provide something the Oilers may be missing... Most of my success comes from my size and aggression."
Mark Fraser on Oilers Now
The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Cambridge, MA. The lines are the same as the team has used for the past several games as Matt Hendricks appears to be okay after leaving the last game with a head injury.
Same lines for Oilers:Hall-RNH-Eberle, Yakupov-Gagner-Perron, Hendricks-Gordon-Jones (Hemsky), Gazdic-Smyth-Joensuu (Arcobello)— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) January 31, 2014
The Edmonton Oilers pulled the trigger on a trade this morning which sent prospects Cameron Abney and Teemu Hartikainen to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenceman Mark Fraser.
Fraser, 27, has played in 19 games this season for the Maple Leafs, with one assist and 33 penalty minutes. He has played in 162 NHL games in his career, which began as a third round pick, 84th overall, of the New Jersey Devils in 2005.
Abney has played in the ECHL this year, while Hartikainen is overseas in the KHL.
Mark Fraser on Oilers Now
Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said the team plays better when the goalies are hot, and Scrivens was on fire in this game.
“Yeah, I think it does,” said Eakins. “I think when your goalies have played like our guys have the last few games, it gives your team confidence… When the team and the players have great, great confidence in their goalie, I think they can push the envelope a little bit more knowing they’re going to get that save.
"Obviously, with Ben coming in and being new here, that performance obviously gives our players a real good feel for what kind of guy he is. He’s in that net stopping pucks and every timeout, he was coming back to the bench, encouraging guys, giving reminders and everything. He was not only just stopping the pucks, he was great with his teammates along the way.”
Scrivens broke franchise and NHL records with his 59 save performance in Wednesday night’s 3-0 victory over San Jose. He earned the opportunity to continue his success.
“Well obviously tonight, after that performance, you’ve got to give it a long look and think about it and we’ve got some time to do that," Eakins said of reviewing the goaltending schedule. "He’s not going to do that every night obviously, but it certainly earns him the next game.”
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins tweeted prior to the team taking the ice for practice that Ben Scrivens will get the start tonight.
Scrivens back in. Hemsky and Ference are not ready vs Sharks.— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) January 29, 2014