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Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 3:50 PM

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

Dubnyk looks to lead Oilers to second straight win

EDMONTON -- Devan Dubnyk will get the start in goal for the Edmonton Oilers when they host the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday at Rexall Place.

Dubnyk was instrumental in the Oilers' win against the Dallas Stars on Sunday, entering the game in relief of injured Ilya Bryzgalov and making 15 saves in a 3-2 shootout victory.

With Bryzgalov sidelined with a neck injury and concussion symptoms, Dubnyk will make his 19th start of the season for the Oilers, who are looking for a second consecutive win and sixth in their past eight games.

"It's good when you're playing well and the team doesn't have to be worrying about every single mistake ending up in your net and they can just go and play hockey," Dubnyk said. "You might have lapses in a game and things might not be going your way, but you have to find a way to make a big save. It's an important part of our job."

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Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 3:42 PM

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

Oilers look to extend win streak against Blackhawks

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers feel their game has improved over the past couple of weeks.

On Monday night, the Oilers should get a good gauge on how far they've come, hosting the Chicago Blackhawks at Rexall Place.

The Oilers have won three consecutive games entering their matchup against the Blackhawks, but know the defending Stanley Cup champions present a unique challenge.

"The great thing about today is that I feel our players are looking forward to this game," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "We just played these guys a few weeks ago and we were not great in the first period, I thought we were playing shy and safe.

"But in the second and third period, I thought we got going and matched them. I think we've taken a little bit of a step forward, and it's always a good measuring stick when you have the Stanley Cup champions coming in. The good thing about this morning is that I sensed our guys were excited about tonight, they want to play, they want to play hard and they want to try to send a message."

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Posted On Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 3:31 PM

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

Oilers, Panthers each chasing third straight win

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers each will be vying for a third consecutive win when they meet Thursday at Rexall Place.

"It is three wins if we can get it [Thursday], but it's just another game that we have to concentrate on getting points," Oilers captain Andrew Ference said. "We dug ourselves into a hole and we want to get points to try and get out of it.

"We want to continue playing the game the right way and get into better habits. We've done a good job of that in our last game. It was a very solid game systems-wise and defensive-wise. But we can’t be overly excited about getting all those goals in our last game, really, we just have to return to the solid play that got us them."

The Oilers go into their game Thursday coming off a 7-0 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. It was Edmonton's best game of the season as they limited Columbus to 14 shots.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 3:40 PM

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

Oilers' Yakupov, Blue Jackets' Murray in initial meeting

EDMONTON -- The top two picks of the 2012 NHL Draft face each other for the first time Tuesday when Nail Yakupov (No. 1) and the Edmonton Oilers host Ryan Murray (No. 2) and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"I guess you can look at it like that," Murray said. "But I think it's more Columbus Blue Jackets versus the Edmonton Oilers, to tell you the truth."

Murray, 20, is in his rookie season, having missed the abbreviated 2012-13 NHL season due to a shoulder injury suffered in junior hockey with the Everett Silvertips. The smooth-skating defenseman has two goals and two assists in 20 games.

Yakupov, 20, is in his second season with the Oilers. He has three goals and three assists in 20 games.


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Posted On Friday, 11.15.2013 / 6:25 PM

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

Oilers hoping to find net, snap losing skid

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers need to end a scoring drought before snapping a losing skid.

Heading into their game against the San Jose Sharks on Friday at Rexall Place (10 p.m. ET, TSN), the Oilers have not scored at home in 182:04 of play.

They have been shut out in their past three home games and are on a four-game losing skid.

"When you look at the chances from the Dallas game, we have two wide-open nets where their goalie made a hell of a save on one and the other one we hit the crossbar," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "Those are two tap-ins usually. I'm not buying into the 'we can't score' right now. We're getting some good looks at their net.

"The one thing we worked on in practice the other day was our cycle game. That's something that maybe doesn't come naturally to our group. Our group likes to attack off the rush more than anything, but we've got to establish a cycle game and spend more time in the other team's zone."


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Posted On Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 3:16 PM

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

Stars' Horcoff returns to Edmonton to face Oilers

EDMONTON -- Shawn Horcoff is back in familiar surroundings.

The Dallas Stars forward spent 13 years with the Edmonton Oilers and will face his former team for the first time Wednesday.

"It's different being here," Horcoff said. "I wanted to go right [toward the home team dressing room] when I walked in here his morning. I guess old habits are hard to break.

"I'm just looking forward to the game, to tell you the truth. Obviously as the game gets closer, I'll get a little more nervous and a little more emotional. It's going to be fun. It's going to be nice to actually play the game and have some closure."


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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 3:46 PM

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

Helm returns for Red Wings; Mrazek in goal

EDMONTON -- Darren Helm will return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup, and goaltender Petr Mrazek will make his first NHL start of the season Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Helm has played one game in 18 months due to injuries dating to March 2012. The center has battled a knee injury, lacerated forearm, back problems, and most recently groin issues.

"There were days where I was really uncertain this day would ever come and whether or not I would be playing again," Helm said. "There were some days of doubt, and I'm really happy to be back."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 3:28 PM

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

Oilers' Gagner cleared, to play against Maple Leafs

EDMONTON -- Sam Gagner is back in the lineup for the Edmonton Oilers, while Joffrey Lupul will be a game-time decision for the Toronto Maple Leafs as the two sides meet at Rexall Place on Tuesday.

Gagner has yet to play a game this season after breaking his jaw during the preseason, courtesy of the stick of Vancouver Canucks wing Zack Kassian. Gagner needed surgery to repair the damage done after Kassian's stick caught the Oilers center in the face.

Kassian received a five-game suspension for the Sept. 21 incident, while Gagner missed the first 13 games of the regular season.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 3:51 PM

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

Oilers, Capitals each seek three-game win streak

EDMONTON -- A three-game winning streak is on the line Thursday when the Edmonton Oilers host the Washington Capitals at Rexall Place.

Each team enters having won its previous pair, with the Oilers salvaging the last two games of a six-game road trip. One of the stops early in the trip was Washington, where the Capitals posted a 4-2 victory.

"At least you have a little bit of a feel of what they're looking to do and it's fresh in our minds," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "The good thing is that we don't have to spend a lot of time on 5-on-5 pre-scout video and we can get right to the details very quickly.

"For me it's always good to play teams right away after. The competitiveness of the game is still there and obviously we'd like to rebound off the game we played in Washington as well."

Alex Ovechkin scored in the victory against the Oilers 10 days ago and has added three more goals since to lead the League with nine.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 3:15 PM

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

Oilers' Dubnyk still has team's confidence

EDMONTON -- Despite giving up 10 goals in their past two games, the Edmonton Oilers still have confidence in Devan Dubnyk.

The Oilers goaltender was pulled in the second period of a 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, and then served as a backup in the Oilers' 5-4 shootout win against the New Jersey Devils on Monday. But Dubnyk will get his shot at redemption Thursday as he starts against the Montreal Canadiens at Rexall Place.

"We've always had confidence in Devan," Oilers forward Taylor Hall said. "You look back at this summer when there were rumors we were after [Cory] Schneider, I always thought that Dubnyk was the guy for us. I've always believed that and I still do. Other guys in here feel the same way.

"Any goalie can have a couple of bad stretches, a couple of bad games. It's how you rebound, and we need him to be good this season. It's good for him to try and get his game back. He's capable of that and we have confidence in him."

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