Mark Arcobello has been a surprise for the Oilers, so far this season. Undrafted, 'undersized', and under appreciated, 5-8 Arcobello has 15 points in 25 games with the Oilers this season. He also leads the team's forwards in hits.
Arcobello scored his first goal on Rexall ice against Colorado on Thursday night. He finished the game with five shots and a goal and an assist.
"His poise, his positioning on the ice," said Oilers veteran Ryan Smyth. "He's a guy that thinks the game very well and those types of players go a long ways. I thought early on in the year, he was our most consistent player."
Arcobello leads the league in rookie assists with 12 this season.
Oilers lines this morning:
N. Schultz-J. Schultz
Morning Skate --> RT @EdmontonJack Looks like Petry in for Potter. Rest of lineup should be intact as EDM seeks its 7th win in 10 games.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 7, 2013
The Edmonton Oilers have played 30 games this season. Here are some of the quick stats surrounding the Oilers players through the first 30.
- Jordan Eberle leads the Oilers in points this season with 25 (10-15-25)
- David Perron leads the Oilers in goals with 12 and is tied for second on the team, with Taylor Hall, in points with 24.
- Perron has scored eight goals in his last nine games and 12 points in that span.
- Eberle has the only shorthanded goal this season for the Oilers.
- Perron has the team's shot lead with 95 through the first 30 games. His previous career high was 166, set in 82 games with the St Louis Blues during the 2009-2010 season. He is on pace for just under 260 shots on goal this season.
- Jeff Petry leads the team in hits with 79.
- Petry leads the team in blocked shots with 54.
- Mark Arcobello leads all Oilers forwards in hits with 48.
- Arcobello leads the league in rookie assists with 12.
- Hall is averaging just over a point-per-game with 24 (10-14-24) in 23 games.
- The Oilers are 11th in the league on the power play with a percentage of 19.8%.
- Ryan Smyth has two power play goals this season. He is two PP goals back of Wayne Gretzky for second all-time in career power play goals with the Oilers (125) and three back of Glenn Anderson (126) for tops all-time.
- Smyth is second all-time in games played as an Oiler with 922. Kevin Lowe is tops with 1,037.
- Hall is two overtime goals away from tying Smyth as the team's all-time leader in that category. Arcobello has the lone overtime goal for the Oilers this season.
- Hall is six games away from 200 career NHL games, his hat trick last night gave him 75 career NHL goals.
The Oilers have recalled defenceman Anton Belov from the Oklahoma City Barons. He played 0 games during his assignment to OKC.
When Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau took a charging penalty for his hit on Ryan Jones, the Oilers deterrent was quick to respond. Luke Gazdic and Bordeleau dropped the gloves, and after a few quick hits by the Avalanche tough guy, Gazdic quickly overtook his opponent.
What makes Gazdic's fight impressive for Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins is not only that the opponent he was facing, but also his quickness to stick up for a teammate.
"I will say this, I have a lot of respect for Patrick Bordeleau," said Eakins. "I've coached against that kid in the American League. I have never, ever seen him lose a fight. He is as tough as they come and he's improved so much as a player, I've watched this kid develop. Luke coming in to let him know that weren't going to take that kind of stuff was excellent. He came out on top in that fight. We want to stick up for each other and it's not always a fight. Sometimes it's just a push or a shove or some kind of verbal response. That's what we need. We need to stick up for each other."
Gazdic has filled his fight card with some heavy hitters this season. He has fought established tough guys like Brandon Prust, Brian McGrattan and Jared Boll.
You can watch the full fight from tonight's game below:
The former 2nd round pick and 21-year-old defenceman, Martin Marincin received some decent reviews following his NHL debut.
"I thought he was good," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "I thought he was solid back there. I thought at a couple of times in the game, he had maybe a little nerves, which is totally natural. We were comfortable with giving him a little bit of power play time and he played just a solid game. That's all you want out of, not only a guy playing his first game, but every night from your defencemen. Play solid, play simple and he did that. That's a great, great start to that young man's career."
Marincin played over 15 minutes in the game, including 2:28 on the power play. Marincin finished +1 and added two hits in his debut.
The Oilers announced this afternoon that defenceman Anton Belov has been assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons.
Belov, 27, has four assists and is -6 in 27 games so far this season with Edmonton.
General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have recalled defencemen Martin Marincin and Corey Potter, as well as forward Anton Lander from the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons.
In addition, the Oilers have assigned forward Will Acton and defenceman Denis Grebeshkov to the Oklahoma City Barons.
This will be Marincin's first NHL call up since being drafted by the Oilers 46th overall in the second round of the 2010 draft. The 6-4 defenceman has played in 20 games for the Barons this season, scoring two goals and adding four assists.
Ilya Bryzgalov has been placed on IR to make room for the transactions.
Lander 2nd on Barons with nine goals and 15 points; Marincin (2-4-6 in 20 games) tied with Fedun for team lead at +4.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) December 4, 2013
-Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com
Goaltender Richard Bachman was starting to see some success in net. He had earned a 47 save performance against Los Angeles and had earned three straight starts with Devan Dubnyk recovering from an ankle injury.
Then came a freak groin injury in a game against Detroit on November 2. Flash forward to today, and the Oilers goalie is skating with the team again.
"It's coming along," said Bachman. "For me, it feels really good. I pretty much feel ready to go. There's a couple more checkpoints I have to get through in the next day or two before they actually give me the green light. I'm definitely on the right track and it should be soon now."
Bachman was frustrated that the injury happened when it did, following success in net, but also with how it happened.
"It was a harmless play," said Bachman. "I've done it a million times. I just caught it wrong, pop and injured the groin there. That's what happens. You don't mean to hurt yourself, I didn't mean for it to happen at that time. Now it's just important for me to get back on the ice and battle and show I can play again, show where I left off and just keep going and keep pushing."
With goaltending depth needed in the organization and yet another injury to the position, with Ilya Bryzgalov feeling concussion-like and whiplash-like symptoms, Bachman hopes to be back soon.
Four different goaltenders have started at least one game for the Edmonton Oilers this season; Devan Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera, Richard Bachman and Ilya Bryzgalov. Even further down the pipe, the injuries have affected the Oklahoma City Barons as well. They have had six different goaltenders start a game for them this season and just added a seventh, Ty Rimmer, to their roster this week.
The organization has seen it's fair share of goaltending turnover.