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BLOG: Practice updates 2/21

News, notes and updates from Wednesday's Oilers practice

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers skated for practice Wednesday in preparation for their match against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Patrick Maroon did not skate.

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Video: PRACTICE | The Right Pair?

 

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FEATURE: Slepyshev continues to impress, finding chemistry with linemates

Russian winger enjoying recent chemistry with Jujhar Khaira, who he played with in the minors

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - There are times when Anton Slepyshev looks like he's going to dump the puck in, but then just takes off with it, bursting down the wing. There have been flashes of the kind of pace he can play with, and as his confidence grows those flashes become a more frequent reminder of the potential of the player.

Oilers Captain Connor McDavid said after the game in Anaheim a couple weeks ago that Slepyshev was "unbelievable." It was the start of an upward trend for the 23-year-old third-round pick.

Video: PRACTICE | The Right Pair?

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BLOG: Oilers assign Brossoit to Bakersfield

The Oilers have assigned Laurent Brossoit to the Bakersfield Condors

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

The Oilers have assigned goaltender Laurent Brossoit to the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: The #Oilers have assigned Laurent Brossoit to the @Condors. pic.twitter.com/oOKYY3ZiNQ

With the Condors this season, Brossoit has a .901 save percentage and 3.08 goals-against average in 11 games. Brossoit was recalled on emergency basis four days ago.

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BLOG: McLellan empathizes with reality of NHL Trade Deadline

"There's not a lot of jobs or professions where you just get moved from office to office across the border and leave your kids at home," said the Oilers coach

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - With the National Hockey League Trade Deadline approaching, organizations are tasked with making difficult decisions regarding player personnel.

It's an unfortunate reality of the League and Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan empathized with how difficult it can be for teams and the players who are affected.

"Leading up to it, there's a lot of scuttlebutt and rumours that float around," started McLellan. "We can say, 'Hey, they're professionals, they need to just worry about what they can control,' and that type of stuff but it is in the back of their minds. They have families, they have children, they have roots in the community, they have homes they own. They're all wondering what may or may not happen. 

"While that's happening, the ones that aren't in the media are wondering also what's going to or not going to happen."

Video: PRE-GAME RAW | Todd McLellan

McLellan continued to put things into perspective, acknowledging the difficulty in being uprooted swiftly.

"There's not a lot of jobs or professions where you just get moved from office to office across the border and leave your kids at home and tell them, 'I'll call you Sunday when I get there,'" he said.

"They're humans. We can pretend and we can be courageous and tell them, 'Hey, don't think about it,' but it doesn't work that way."

McLellan referenced an anecdote from his time in San Jose when the franchise made tough decisions regarding veteran players.

"We did have one year in San Jose where we had this type of scenario and we were still in a playoff position," said McLellan. "We moved Ryan Clowe, Dougie Murray and a number of players that were long-time serving sharks. They grew up as Sharks, basically. They were moved out of the lineup and youth was brought in. It disrupted the group for a while. They were popular players. They were lifers."

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Oilers celebrate diversity, inclusion with Hockey is for Everyone Night

NHL and NHLPA initiative celebrates athletes, coaches and fans of the game

by Press Release / OilersFoundation.ca

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) are proudly celebrating diversity and inclusion in hockey, announcing today more details of its support for Hockey is for Everyone alongside the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). The Oilers are hosting a dedicated Hockey is for Everyone Night in support of the You Can Play Project at Rogers Place, tomorrow, February 22 vs. Colorado.

Video: Hockey is for Everyone

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MIC INJURY REPORT: Sekera, RNH, Montoya out

Oilers have lost 104 man games to injury or illness this season

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

As of February 21, 2017

Current man games lost due to injury: 104 games

See below for a full injury report. 

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GAME STORY: Bruins 3, Oilers 2

David Krejci scores winner as Bruins net three unanswered in third period to win 3-2

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB -  David Krejci's marker with 1:04 remaining in the game proved to be the winner, as the Bruins scored three unanswered in the third period to hand the Oilers a 3-2 loss Tuesday at Rogers Place.

Edmonton falls to 24-31-4 on the season and 10-13 in one-goal games.

Video: OILERS TODAY | vs Bruins Post-Game

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Bruins

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers host the Boston Bruins

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers host the Boston Bruins tonight at Rogers Place.

You can watch on Sportsnet West listen on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Stay tuned for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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Sportsnet #BrightestStars Showdown Week 20

In Week 20 of Sportsnet #BrightestStars, it's Draisaitl vs McDavid

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

Sportsnet #BrightestStars Showdown is back for another season, pitting the week's biggest plays and players head to head to allow fans to decide on the winner.

For your chance to win two tickets to Rogers Place when the Oilers take on the Vegas Golden Knights on April 5, cast your vote. Those who win will get two tickets to the game, as well as complimentary food and beverage.

Video: WEEK 20 | Draisaitl vs. McDavid

To vote, visit the official Oilers Twitter and Facebook accounts. On Twitter, RETWEET the Oilers #BrightestStars post for one highlight or hit LIKE for the other. On Facebook, simply COMMENT with your selection.

Week 20 of the season is in the books, and Oilers TV's Chris Wescott gives you the two highlights.

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs Bruins

The Oilers open a two-game home stand against the Boston Bruins at Rogers Place on Tuesday night

by Paul Gazzola & Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, opening a two-game home stand at Rogers Place.

The game can be seen on Sportsnet West or heard on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network. It starts at 7 p.m. MST.

Video: OILERS TODAY | vs Bruins Pre-Game

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