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IN DEPTH: The Right Shot

Deriving from a family of left-handed shooters, Matt Benning was encouraged to shoot right at an early age to fill a National Hockey League demand

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

THE FOREWARD

BY BRIAN BENNING

The first memory of hockey for me was four boys in a typical Canadian family growing up with a rink in the back of the yard. We'd go out there and everybody kind of gathered at our place and everybody would just play hockey. That's what we knew. We called it pond hockey, river hockey, whatever -- that's where we learned the game. 

Then we'd play at the community centre and eventually as we grew older, we'd go to the outdoor rinks after school and play with the older guys. You'd have to skate really fast or pass the puck really quick to play with them.

Back then, when we were kids, there was a special at Mohawk: If you got a tank of gas, you could go to the garbage can and pick out a hockey stick. 

So, my dad got a tank of gas and my older brother Jim went to grab a stick 

He grabbed a left. 

The next time dad fuelled up, the special was still on: get a tank of gas, get a stick. 

My brother Mark went and grabbed a stick. Of course, he grabbed a left because older brother Jim grabbed a left. 

So, we're playing with two sticks and then it was my turn next. 

I grabbed a left. 

At the end of the day, all four of the Benning boys shot left and it made it easy for dad to buy sticks. He'd buy them by the dozen and the kids would use them. We kind of adopted that. 

But now, the next generation is on the other side -- they all shoot right.

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GAME STORY: Stars 6, Oilers 3

Oilers and Stars trade goals and hostilities in a wild affair that sees Dallas come out on top

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

DALLAS, TX -- The Oilers overcame a two-goal deficit in the first period to tie the game and eventually gain the lead on the strength of two goals from Drake Caggiula and three points from Connor McDavid but the Dallas Stars rallied to retake the lead and eventually defeat the visitors 6-3 in a game that had plenty of scoring and altercations. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | @ Stars Post-Game

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Stars

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers visit the Dallas Stars on a Saturday afternoon

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers visit the Dallas Stars this afternoon at American Airlines Center.

You can watch on TV within the Oilers region 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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MIC INJURY REPORT: Khaira returns

Oilers have lost 42 man games to injury this season

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

As of November 18, 2017

Current man games lost due to injury: 42 games

See below for a full injury report. 

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Stars

The Oilers open a five-game road trip with a matinee game against the Dallas Stars

by Chris Wescott & Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers open a five-game road trip with an afternoon game against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

Today's game can be seen on Sportsnet West or heard on the Oilers Radio Network and 630 CHED. 

Read our full game preview below, including videos and more. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | at DAL Pre-Game

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BLOG: Friday updates 11/17

Updates, news, notes, videos and more from the Oilers practice Friday at Rogers Place

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers practiced Friday morning at Rogers Place ahead of their flight to Dallas, which begins a five-game road trip.

Jujhar Khaira (upper body) was skating with the team. Head Coach Todd McLellan said last night he'll be on the trip and could be ready to return as soon as tomorrow in Dallas. Khaira has a goal and two assists in his last two games.

Tweet from @Bob_Stauffer: Connor McDavid, Oscar Klefbom and Anton Slepyshev are not on the ice this morning for practice

Connor McDavid was absent, with Iiro Pakarinen skating in dark blue as a placeholder on the top line. Oscar Klefbom also did not skating this morning.

Anton Slepyshev (lower body) was still absent.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at DAL Pre-Game 

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GAME STORY: Blues 4, Oilers 1

Blues get a game-winner from Alexander Steen and two insurance markers from Brayden Schenn; Oilers end brief homestand 1-1-0

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Alexander Steen scored the game-winning goal and Brayden Schenn added a pair of insurance markers to lead the St. Louis Blues to a commanding 4-1 victory.

The loss leaves the Oilers with a 7-10-2 record as they embark on a five-game road trip beginning with a matinee match against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Video: OILERS TODAY | vs Blues Post-Game

 

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Blues

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers take on the Blues tonight at Rogers Place

You can watch on TV 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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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs. Blues

The Oilers look to make it two in a row as they host the St. Louis Blues Thursday

by Paul Gazzola & Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers look for their second straight win as they host the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place Thursday.

You can watch the game live on Sportsnet West or listen via 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Video: OILERS TODAY | vs. Blues Preview

 

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TALKING POINTS: Cammalleri arrives

Quotes from Todd McLellan and Oilers players on Michael Cammalleri arriving in Edmonton

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - Thursday was the first chance for Michael Cammalleri to meet with the media in person, following his trade to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday evening. The veteran forward has familiarity with some of the players on the team, having played or trained with a few of them in the past. Here's what Cammalleri, players in the Oilers dressing room, and Head Coach Todd McLellan are saying.

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