In addition to Corey Potter being placed on waivers this morning, there was more news announced on twitter. Head Coach Dallas Eakins tweeted that tonight, Ben Scrivens will start in net and Nail Yakupov makes his return to the Oilers lineup after missing one game with a foot injury.
Scrivens starts. Yak returns. Awesome to have our Armed Forces here today. They are real heros who emulate what commitment is all about.— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) March 4, 2014
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The Edmonton Oilers have officially announced that the team has inked goaltender Ben Scrivens to a new two-year contract.
Scrivens, a Spruce Grove native, was acquired for a third round pick in a trade with Los Angeles on January 15. Since joining the Edmonton Oilers, Scrivens has played in seven games and has posted a .940 save percentage and a 2.15 goals against average.
The goalie ranks first in the NHL in overall save percentage this season (.934).
Scrivens was set to become a free agent at the end of the season.
Nail Yakupov returns to the ice for the Edmonton Oilers after missing one game after taking a shot off the foot against Minnesota.
The forward lines are as follows:
The AHL has announced that Oilers and Oklahoma City Barons centre Mark Arcobello has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the week ending Mar. 2, 2014.
Arcobello scored seven points (3-4-7) in three games for the Barons during that time. Arcobello has been a big part of helping the Oilers affiliate close the gap in the Western Conference standings as the Barons look to make the playoffs.
Arcobello has been on a tear for the Barons since being sent down by the Oilers. The 25-year-old forward has 19 points (7-12-19) in nine AHL games this season.
The Oilers have placed defenceman Philip Larsen on waivers.
#Oilers place defenceman Philip Larsen on waivers.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 3, 2014
The Oilers have made no secret of their intent to change the mentality of the team to that of a ‘defence first’ approach. Head Coach Dallas Eakins spoke about the defence and how they’ve improved in their own end as the season has gone on.
“We’ve cutdown on the chances against,” Eakins said. “We still need improvement, not so much in our zone but we’re really hammering on our guys, we like to call it ‘back pressure’. We want the guys coming back hard out of their zone and through that neutral zone. Early in the game, we weren’t doing it. We were much better in the third. In our own zone, for the most part, I thought we were alright.
“The last goal was just a great lesson for the defenceman there. You’ve got to win the battle. It’s a simple battle and that’s what happens when you lose a battle like that, especially 4-on-4. Defensively, OK. We still have to find more offence. We’ll go right back to it in practice and continue to get those touches. But our top guys have got to find a way. They’ve have to find a way to generate more.”
Scoring is something the Oilers look to adding to their game as they’ve scored one goal in the two games back from the Olympic break.
Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins talked in length about Luke Gazdic after the team’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Flames.
Gazdic knocked out Kevin Westgarth in a fight following the Flames first goal. The incident was a scary one and one Eakins, who says he likes a good fight, was ‘disturbed’ by.
“Luke’s game has improved greatly this year,” Eakins said. “He’s a big part of our team… I’ll admit, I love a good fight but to see Kevin laying on the ice like that, I don’t like that. That’s a disturbing thing for me and you never like to see a guy trying to get off the ice like that. But that’s the danger of those fights… Luke seems to be catching guys almost every time now, maybe not that drastic but the guy is falling out of the fight because he’s been tagged in the right spot. Luke’s doing an excellent job in his roll. He’s improving as a hockey player and his skill set and I personally, certainly hope that Westgarth is okay because that disturbed me.”
Aside from the outcomes of Gazdic’s fights, Eakins has been happy with the rookie’s work ethic and drive to improve his skills.
In today’s NHL, fighting is still a part of the game but those who fight also have to be able to take shifts and play at a high level and Gazdic can do that.
“For me, the guy has got to be able to play,” Eakins said. “The days of the guy just playing one shift and that’s it, and sometimes not even playing a shift just sitting on the bench, they’re gone. You’ve got to be able to play and you’ve got to bring something. Luke skates well enough that he’s able to get in on the forecheck and he continues to work on his skills. He’s been working his butt of in practice with our penalty kill. He’s dying to kill penalties and we may look at that, kind of after the… trade deadline to see if he can do that a little bit. He works extremely hard on his game, we all know he’s tough, the rest of the teams in the league are finding that out but it’s a great progression for him.”
Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins tweeted out a few lineup updates this morning, before their pre-game skate.
All Russia in this update. Bryz will start. Yak and Belov out with injuries.— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) March 1, 2014