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Posted On Saturday, 03.22.2014 / 3:37 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers' Eberle, Flames' Berra set to return

EDMONTON — Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle and Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo will be back in the lineup Saturday night for the final installment of the Battle of Alberta.

Eberle missed a game Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres with a knee injury. Ramo has not played since sustaining a knee injury Feb. 1 against the Minnesota Wild.

"I feel good, I'm ready to go," Eberle said. "I think I just tweaked an old injury from before. It was good to take a couple days off. I probably wouldn't have been able to play against Buffalo, there was a lot of pain and probably would have hurt it even more. It was good to get a couple of days off and get it back to where I can feel that I can play."

Eberle is second in Oilers' scoring this season with 23 goals and 53 points. He scored two goals Tuesday against the Nashville Predators before being injured on his last shift of the game in a collision with Nashville center Mike Fisher.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 3:36 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers bring Pitlick back; Sabres to start Hackett

EDMONTON -- There will be plenty of new faces on display when the Edmonton Oilers host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

With each team having sustained a rash of injuries, reinforcements have been called up to fill vacant roster spots.

The Oilers recalled right wing Tyler Pitlick and left wing Steve MacIntyre from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League for the game. They already have defenseman Oscar Klefbom and left wingAnton Lander up from their AHL affiliate.

Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle is out with a knee injury and left wing Matt Hendricks will be a game-time decision after stepping in front of a shot from Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber on Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 3:36 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers defenseman Klefbom set for home debut

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom had an opportunity to dip his toes in the water before taking the plunge in front of the hometown crowd.

Kelfbom made his NHL debut during a recent four-game road trip and will play his first game at Rexall Place on Tuesday against the Nashville Predators.

"It's been a very fun last couple of weeks," Klefbom said. "I haven't played a game here, but hopefully [Tuesday] will be a huge night for me and my career. I'm looking forward to it."

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Posted On Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 2:24 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers' Scrivens to face Kings for first time since trade

EDMONTON -- Ben Scrivens bears no ill will towards the Los Angeles Kings.

Had it not been for his time in Los Angeles behind Jonathan Quick, Scrivens may not be in a situation to establish himself as a starting goaltender with the Edmonton Oilers.

Sunday night, when the Oilers play the Kings, Scrivens will face his former team for the first time since being traded to Edmonton. Quick will start in goal for Los Angeles.

"They gave me an opportunity to develop my game even further, so I'm extremely thankful for that," Scrivens said. "Both teams tried to make a move to make them a better team, so no hard feelings. I'm an Edmonton Oiler now and it's good to be home. I'm just going to try to play the game like I normally would."

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Posted On Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 3:52 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Islanders, Oilers turn focus to finishing strong

EDMONTON -- With the NHL Trade Deadline behind them, the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders have shifted their focus, trying to finishing disappointing seasons off strong.

The Oilers host the Islanders at Rexall Place on Thursday with each team out of the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and having traded away key players the day before. The Oilers traded forward Ales Hemsky to the Ottawa Senators while the Islanders made a late deal, sending forward Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens.

"We knew what the situation was going into the deadline," Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo said. "We knew who was going to move, although it's never an easy thing. Now that it's over, we can just kind of focus on playing."

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 4:04 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers, Senators waiting for chips to fall

EDMONTON -- With the NHL Trade Deadline approaching and the rumor mill swirling, there was uneasiness in both the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators dressing room Tuesday morning.

The Oilers executed a couple of trades following their morning skate, acquiring goaltender Viktor Fasth from the Anaheim Ducks, and then sending Ilya Bryzgalov to the Minnesota Wild.

The Oilers announced University of Alberta Golden Bears goalie Kurtis Mucha will dress as the backup. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native is doing his second tour of duty with an NHL team, after he filled in for the Boston Bruins during their practice in Edmonton earlier this season.

Earlier in the day, the Oilers also waived defenseman Corey Potter.

With the team out of the playoff race, other chips are expected to fall prior to the deadline Wednesday.

"You just have to go about your business," Oilers center Sam Gagner said. "I think for me, I feel like I can make improvements and that's what I'm focusing on right now.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 3:18 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers, Flames seek offense in Battle of Alberta

EDMONTON -- Goals have been hard to come by for the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames of late.

Both teams were shut out in their previous game, heading into the latest edition of the Battle of Alberta on Saturday night at Rexall Place.

The Oilers lost 3-0 against the Minnesota Wild, while the Flames were blanked 2-0 by the Los Angeles Kings.

"You're certainly hoping it was just rust, the way we played the last game," Oilers left wing David Perron said. "We'll take it as that, move forward and try to have a good one [Saturday].

"It's always fun playing against Calgary. It's a team we're trying to catch in the standings right now and they probably don't want to go where we are right now. So we have to get the two points."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 3:28 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers to play Hemsky at left wing alongside Gagner

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers may not admit to showcasing Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky, but the two will be on display Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.

Hemsky will move up to play left wing on the Oilers' second line alongside Gagner and Jordan Eberle. It's the first time this season Hemsky has played left wing.

"We've been able to develop some chemistry and feed off each other," Gagner said. "He's a guy that likes the puck on the fly. The left wing is going to be a little different for him. When he gets that speed going, though, he's an amazing player. It should be a fun night."

Both Gagner and Hemsky have been rumored to be on the move as the March 5 NHL Trade Deadline approaches.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.29.2014 / 3:32 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Eakins seeing gradual improvement in Oilers

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers are putting a two-game win streak on the line Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks.

The Oilers won two straight for the fourth time this season with a 4-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. They've only managed one three-game win streak this season.

"You can feel it starting to tilt the last couple of games leading up to getting out of that [losing] streak, where the chances-against weren't so high," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "I thought we exited our zone much better the last couple of games, our goaltending was excellent. Any time you can exit that zone cleanly it adds up to more offensive-zone time, which has been critical."

Prior to beating the Nashville Predators and the Canucks, the Oilers had been on a six-game winless skid.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.26.2014 / 2:49 PM

By Derek Van Diest - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers to face Predators without injured captain

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference will miss his first game of the season Sunday against the Nashville Predators. Ference sustained a head injury in a 4-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.

"He took a shot in the head and they're evaluating him," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "He's going to be greatly missed. He's our captain and competes extremely hard every night. He's being playing against the other team's top lines a lot. That's a big hole to fill and the whole group will have to pick up his minutes and what he brings."

The Oilers are also still without right wing Ales Hemsky, who is recovering from a bone bruise in his foot after blocking a shot Jan. 14 against the Dallas Stars. Hemsky has been practicing with the team, but is still not cleared to play and will miss his fifth consecutive game.

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