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Wednesday practice updates in Ottawa 3/21

After landing in Ottawa following a morning flight from Raleigh, Oilers are practicing at the Canadian Tire Centre

by Marc Ciampa /

On the heels of a 7-3 win last night, the Oilers are practicing in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre following a morning flight from Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | Busy Day in Ottawa




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BLOG: Oilers staying positive

Despite a negative outlook to their postseason aspirations, the club is having fun and being positive

by Marc Ciampa /

It's not the end to the season that anyone expected or hoped for but the Oilers have stayed very upbeat and positive as 2017-18 winds down. It's paid off in both on-ice performance and results. 

"We've been playing well. We set ourselves up for a good road trip after that Florida game. We came out a little slow but the way we finished was something to build off of. Yesterday I thought we played really well. We answered early and all the lines were going. That's a good sign," Jujhar Khaira began.

"It's awesome. Makes it easier to go out there and play, just smiles everywhere. That's what the game's all about. To get a win like that."

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins agreed with Khaira. 

"Lately we've been playing really well. We've been having fun out there. The guys are loose right now just going out there and playing," he stated. 

"We need to keep this attitude going. Nothing really fazes us right now. Obviously it's something that we would have liked to put together earlier in the season but it can still end on a high note and take a little bit of confidence out of the season."

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BLOG: Nugent-Hopkins gives deepest regards to Karlsson

While in Ottawa, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins talked about the tragedy befallen Senators captain Erik Karlsson

by Marc Ciampa /

Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was asked after practice about Senators captain Erik Karlsson, who lost his son this week. 

"Throughout the hockey community, when something like that happens to anybody in life you feel for them. Everybody on our team was thinking about him and his family. It's unfortunate and we wish him all the best," said Nugent-Hopkins. 

Karlsson earlier today released a statement on his Twitter account:

At this extremely difficult time it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel but we know one day we'll get there. We would like to thank everyone for the love and support we have received and also for respecting our privacy and the process that we need to go through.

We feel very lucky to be Axel's parents. Even though he was stillborn, we know we will hold him again one day under different circumstances and the joy he gave us will be with us forever. 

Erik & Melinda Karlsson


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BLOG: Oilers continuing to play well down the stretch

With a record of 9-6-1 in their last 16 games, the Oilers are playing some of their best hockey of the season

by Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers have a record of 9-6-1 over their last 17 games which is a strong sample size during which they've been playing at a 97-point pace. A win tomorrow against Ottawa would stretch that to a 101-point pace which is only two of off last season's total. 

It's hardly a consolation prize, but the club knows that it can put a lot of groundwork in now which will benefit next season. 

"The players have shown a real strong work ethic and a willingness to do it right over the past two weeks when it could have been easy to roll over and play dead. That's a real good sign for our team and our organization moving forward. Obviously we've got to get better in a lot of areas but at least we're giving ourselves a chance to get better," began Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. 

"It's an indication that there's a lot of pride in there and guys that are upset with our performance this season. But the year's not over and we've got to continue to perform, as I've been saying for a few weeks now, move the needle in the right direction.

"We can evaluate and we can head into the summer with a clear plan and work from there."


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BLOG: Vesel, Safin and Wells join Condors

Oilers prospects end their junior seasons, sign tryout deals with Bakersfield

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers prospects Tyler Vesel, Ostap Safin and Dylan Wells have each signed tryout contracts with the Bakersfield Condors.

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RELEASE: Oilers acquire Marody from Philadelphia

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Cooper Marody (University of Michigan, Big Ten) from Philadelphia in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, previously acquired from New Jersey

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EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Cooper Marody (University of Michigan, Big Ten) from Philadelphia in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, previously acquired from New Jersey.

Marody, 21, is completing his third season with the University of Michigan (Big Ten), leading the conference in scoring with 46 points (14G, 32A) in 37 games. The native of Brighton, MI becomes the third Wolverine to win the Big Ten scoring title, after Zach Hyman (2015) and Kyle Connor (2016).

The 6'0", 190-pound forward was also named First Team All-Big Ten, as selected by a panel of Big Ten coaches and media.

Marody and the Wolverines, ranked 10th in the most recent U.S. Men's College Hockey poll, are taking part in the NCAA Northeast Regional this weekend in Worcester, Mass., facing #8 Northeastern on Saturday, March 24.

Marody was originally selected by Philadelphia in the sixth round, 158th overall, of the 2015 NHL Draft. 

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RELEASE: Oilers recall Malone

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Brad Malone from Bakersfield (AHL) on an emergency basis

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EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Brad Malone from Bakersfield (AHL) on an emergency basis.

Malone, 28, has 31 points (13G, 18A) in 50 games with Bakersfield (AHL) this year. The native of Chatham, NB has already appeared in seven games with the Oilers this year.

The 6'2", 207-pound forward is in his seventh professional season, and has appeared in 176 career NHL games, posting 30 points (13G, 17A) and 188 penalty minutes.

Malone was signed as a free agent by the Oilers on July 3, 2017.

The Oilers have also assigned defenceman Dillon Simpson to Bakersfield (AHL).

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RELEASE: Oilers Hockey Clinic presented by ATCO to visit Lloydminster, AB

Hockey development program celebrating its 10th anniversary

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(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers and ATCO are gearing up to hit the road for the 10th annual Oilers Hockey Clinic presented by ATCO. This year's clinic, focused on grassroots hockey development, will head east visiting Lloydminster, Alberta for the first time in Oilers Hockey Clinic history.

Held at the Servus Sports Centre from May 25 - 27, 2018, the Oilers Hockey Clinic presented by ATCO is free of charge for 100 lucky participants in the community and gives players aged seven to 13 the opportunity to experience high-calibre training while further developing their hockey and life skills in a fun atmosphere. 


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GAME STORY: Oilers 7, Hurricanes 3

Leon Draisaitl's four points helped push the Oilers to an impressive 7-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes

by Marc Ciampa /

RALEIGH, NC - Leon Draisaitl netted four points (one goal, three assists), including the 200th of his NHL career to help lead the Oilers to a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Tuesday night.

In all, five Oilers had multi-point games with Draisaitl's four points, Pontus Aberg with a goal and two assists plus a goal and an assist for Ryan Strome, Yohann Auvitu and Jesse Puljujarvi. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Hurricanes Post-Game

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Hurricanes

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers visit the Carolina Hurricanes

by Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers visit the Carolina Hurricanes today at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.

You can watch on Sportsnet West or 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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