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Posted On Thursday, 04.09.2015 / 3:50 PM

By Derek Van Diest -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Oilers

EDMONTON -- Three players will be making their NHL debuts at Rexall Place on Thursday when the Edmonton Oilers host the San Jose Sharks (9:30 p.m. ET; SN360, CSN-CA PLUS).

Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit will get his first NHL start and forward Curtis Hamilton will also be in the lineup.

Sharks forward Bryan Lerg, 29, will play his first NHL game after 353 minor-league games.

Edmonton (24-43-13) and San Jose (39-32-9) are each out of contention for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.07.2015 / 7:58 PM

By Derek Van Diest -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Kings at Oilers

EDMONTON -- The Los Angeles Kings are living in the moment and not concerned with past games against the Edmonton Oilers.

While the Oilers are still lamenting an 8-2 loss to the Kings last Thursday, Los Angeles goes into the rematch at Rexall Place on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, PRIME), focused on earning a win as it attempts to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"They'll be ready, that's not an issue," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said at the team hotel Tuesday. "It doesn't matter if the score was 2-1 or 10-2. It doesn't matter. It's still about the game."

The Kings are tied with the Calgary Flames for third place in the Pacific Division and a point behind the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Calgary, Winnipeg and Los Angeles play Tuesday; the Flames host the Arizona Coyotes and the Jets are at the St. Louis Blues. Each team has two more games remaining.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 10:01 PM

By Derek Van Diest -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins out with lower-body injury

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will not play against the Calgary Flames on Saturday because of a lower-body injury.

With Nugent-Hopkins out, the Oilers will move forward Taylor Hall from left wing to center on the top line between Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Eberle.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 3:46 PM

By Derek Van Diest -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Oilers

EDMONTON -- Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley did not reveal if forward Sam Bennett would play against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC).

Calgary (42-29-7) is one point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for third place in the Pacific Division. The Kings play host to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

The Flames recalled Bennett, 18, from the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League on Friday. Kingston was eliminated by the North Bay Battalion in the first-round of the OHL playoffs Thursday, allowing Calgary to recall Bennett from his junior team.

“Everyone is a game-time decision,” Hartley said. “At the meeting this morning, we told everyone to be ready. We have four games left and that’s where we’re at. We’re going to put the best 20 players on the ice that we feel give us the best chance to win the game.”

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Posted On Friday, 03.27.2015 / 3:48 PM

By Derek Van Diest -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Stars at Oilers

EDMONTON -- The Dallas Stars are like a hamster in a wheel, currently on a good run but not making up much ground toward a berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Stars won nine of their past 11 games going in to play the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; SN1, TXA 21), but remain eight points behind the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.

"There are a lot of good teams in this League and all we can control is what we can do right now and that's just keep winning games," Stars forward Jamie Benn said. "Then at the end of the year, we'll see where we're sitting."

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 6:54 PM

By Derek Van Diest -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Oilers

EDMONTON -- Defenseman Andrew Ference and center Boyd Gordon will not be in the lineup for the Edmonton Oilers against the Colorado Avalanche at Rexall Place on Wednesday.

Ference sustained a concussion in a 4-1 loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. The Oilers' captain was hit by Jets forward Chris Thorburn in the first period, left the game and didn't return. He'll be replaced by Keith Aulie.

Gordon is out with a back injury, also sustained in the loss to Winnipeg. Luke Gazdic, who has missed the past three games with an illness, will replace Gordon.

Neither team held a morning skate.

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Posted On Monday, 03.23.2015 / 3:50 PM

By Derek Van Diest -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Jets at Oilers

EDMONTON -- They will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, but the Edmonton Oilers are living vicariously through teams still in the hunt.

Playing against the Winnipeg Jets at Rexall Place on Monday, the Oilers are looking to influence the race by playing a spoiler role.

"We relish these games a bit, knowing that they're going to be playing their best hockey and that can help raise our game," Oilers forward Matt Hendricks said. "We want to be as competitive as we can these last 10 games and steal as many points as we can. We want to win hockey games and a lot of the teams we're playing right now are fighting for playoff positions or trying to get into the playoff picture. We want to win as many as we can."

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Posted On Saturday, 03.21.2015 / 3:17 PM

By Derek Van Diest -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Oilers

EDMONTON — Taylor Hall returns to the Edmonton Oilers’ lineup Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyersafter missing 23 of the past 24 games with a leg injury.

Hall sustained the injury being hit by a puck in the first practice back from the 2015 NHL All-Star weekend, Jan 24-25.

He missed three games and returned to play against the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 2. After re-aggravating the injury in San Jose, Hall missed the following 20 games for Edmonton (19-39-13).

“I’m excited to play again, get back with the boys and get in the battle again,” Hall said. “It’s been a long time and it’s been a tough year injury-wise and I’m excited to be playing again.”

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 3:47 PM

By Derek Van Diest -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Oilers

EDMONTON -- The Columbus Blue Jackets believe the best way to keep the Edmonton Oilers from scoring power-play goals is to stay out of the penalty box.

The Oilers scored three power-play goals against Columbus in a 5-4 shootout loss Friday and scored two more in a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.

Columbus (30-35-4) is starting a three-game Western Canada road trip against Edmonton (19-39-12) at Rexall Place on Wednesday.

"We've taken too many penalties probably in the last three, four or five games," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "A lot of them are stick infractions, reaching for pucks instead of using our legs to check. We have to be more disciplined in that area. These guys [Edmonton] are feeling confident, their power play is hot, and we can't give them extra opportunities in that area."

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Posted On Monday, 03.16.2015 / 4:09 PM

By Derek Van Diest -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Oilers

EDMONTON -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Peter Horachek has faced a lot of adversity since taking over from Randy Carlyle on Jan. 6.

The Maple Leafs fell out of playoff contention under Horachek and as a result the pressure has mounted on the interim coach. Yet Horachek is taking everything in stride, having overcome bigger challenges in life.

"I've gone through tougher things," Horachek said Monday as the Maple Leafs prepared to play the Edmonton Oilers. "I've had cancer. I've had different things in my life and that's a lot tougher than going through this. You just deal with it and stay positive. If you look at yourself as a leader, if you look at yourself when you were younger as somebody that could deal with adversity, and then when you get to these situations I think you can just handle them. You try to be as strong as you can and you try to put the right face forward and you take a different approach that is not going to affect everyone in that room the wrong way. You have to try to stay strong and try to do the right things."

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Hockey means everything to people here [Winnipeg]. They take their team's success to heart. We've had an incredible year and they've given us incredible support.

— Jets center Mathieu Perreault after losing to the Ducks in Game 3 of their playoff series on Monday