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RELEASE: Oilers claim goaltender Troy Grosenick

Grosenick is 1-1-0 in the NHL with a 1.52 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and one shutout

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers claimed goaltender Troy Grosenick from waivers Saturday.

Grosenick, 31, was a member of the Los Angeles Kings organization prior to being claimed by Edmonton. The netminder has appeared in two National Hockey League games in his career. Grosenick is 1-1-0 in the NHL with a 1.52 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and one shutout.

In 33 appearances with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League last year, Grosenick went 20-9-3 with a 2.29 GAA and .920 S%.

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers vs. Canadiens 01.16.21

The Oilers open a two-game series against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers pre-game coverage is presented by Skip The Dishes

The Oilers host the Montreal Canadiens in the first of a two-game series Saturday at Rogers Place.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet West, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Pacific, Citytv or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED.

Video: PRE-RAW | Dave Tippett 01.16.21

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RELEASE: Oilers place Smith on LTIR, recall Rodrigue

Goaltending prospect has been playing in Austria, will join Edmonton's taxi squad pending quarantine approval

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have placed goaltender Mike Smith on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) and re-assigned goaltender Olivier Rodrigue from the Graz99ers (Austria) to the club's taxi squad.

Smith signed a one-year contract extension with the Oilers on Oct. 10 after playing 39 games (37 starts) in his debut season with the team in 2019-20, posting a 19-12-6 record with a 2.95 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. The 38-year-old backed up Mikko Koskinen during Wednesday's 2020-21 season opener against the Vancouver Canucks.

Rodrigue, who will join the taxi squad pending quarantine protocols, has played 23 games in Austria's ICE Hockey League this season, posting a 3.11 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.

The 20-year-old was selected in the second round (62nd overall) at the 2018 NHL Draft.

Video: PRACTICE | One Series Down 01.15.21

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BLOG: Barrie finding his rhythm with NHL's best

New Oilers defenceman explains amusing miscalculation that almost prevented early goal-of-the-year candidate from McDavid

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Sharing the ice with arguably the two best hockey players on the planet will take some getting used to for Tyson Barrie, but he's definitely not complaining.

The offensive defenceman who signed a one-year contract with Edmonton on Oct. 10 now has two games under his belt as part of an Oilers lineup that features the NHL's top two point producers from last season, Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid.

The 29-year-old recorded his first point with his new team last night during the 5-2 win over Vancouver, but the early goal-of-the-year candidate by McDavid almost didn't come to fruition after a brief miscalculation by Barrie on the power-play breakout.

"I gave it up to Leo and saw Connor was on the left side I think, so I thought he was going to drop it to me and I'd zip it over to Davo, but clearly they had other plans," Barrie laughed. "I didn't even know Connor was behind me, he just came flying. I'm glad I missed it, I tried to knock it down. I was heading back for a breakout when Connor put it in the net. I'm still getting used to playing with these guys."

Video: VAN@EDM: McDavid uses speed to extend the lead

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BLOG: Draisaitl commanding the circle

Leon Draisaitl's faceoff win with 2.5 seconds to go in the first period helped produce Connor McDavid's buzzer-beater against Vancouver

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Orange & Blue are known for their ability to strike like lightning. The club needed less than 2.5 seconds to score in Thursday's win over the Vancouver Canucks.

With little time remaining in the 1st period and right before of an offensive zone draw, Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett looked to Leon Draisaitl and wondered what was the move?

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 01.15.21

"All I said to Leon was, 'Where are you going to win it and what do you need, a right or a left guy?'" Tippett told reporters Friday following the Oilers optional skate at Rogers Place.

"He said, 'I need a right. I'm going right to Yamo, right behind.' And Connor went right to the net."

Connor McDavid's buzzer-beater was a by-product of Draisaitl's faceoff dominance. On Thursday, the German went 15-for-21, resulting in a 71 percent rating. In total over two games this season, he is 24-for-36, winning an impressive 66.7 percent of his puck-drops. 

Draisaitl is second behind Canucks' captain Bo Horvat in draws taken and won. He's also snapped them back almost automatically on the power play, going 7-for-8 on the man advantage.

Video: VAN@EDM: McDavid beats Demko before the horn

"That's a real strength of his, is on the faceoff," Tippett said. "He's confident with it. He's a big, strong guy. Obviously, his faceoffs are a big part of his game and the puck possession."

Draisaitl is carrying a 50.9 percent career average in the circle but that could increase if he maintains his '20-21 rate. For Tippett, it's just another tool in the Oilers ability to score.

"When he can win draws and when they start with the puck, they can be pretty dangerous," the coach said. "Whether it's 5-on-5 or the power play."

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BLOG: News, notes and content from Friday's optional skate

Gaetan Haas skates with the team; Mike Smith absent from practice

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers held an optional skate Friday at Rogers Place following the club's 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Gaetan Haas joined the Oilers for practice and Tyler Ennis skated as well. Defenceman Slater Koekkoek, who blocked an Elias Pettersson one-timer against the Canucks, was also on the ice.

Goaltender Mike Smith was absent from practice and it was announced later on Friday he has been placed on long-term injured reserve.

Get updates from Head Coach Dave Tippett below, as well as all video and written content following Friday's optional skate.

Video: PRACTICE | One Series Down 01.15.21

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Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 01.15.21

Koekkoek on his shot-block against Vancouver:

"It's feeling OK. A little sore last night but I got a little bit of work done on it and it will be good to go for tomorrow."

Coach Tippett on Ennis' status:

"He skated today so I'm anticipating he'll be available to us tomorrow."

Coach Tippett on depth options regarding Neal, Haas:

"It's certainly a unique situation with the taxi squad and the fact that we've got Haas and Neal on IR right now. It was Haas' first day back with the group here. He skated on his own for a couple of days. Neal was probably off the ice for close to a month. He's just trying to get up to speed here and moving in the right direction. But it is going to be a challenge.

"You've got a taxi squad of guys that want to play. You've got injured guys coming back who want to play and there's only a certain amount of players that can play. It'll be a challenge making sure they're fitness levels and practice habits are at the playing level. And managing how you get your team to have a good practice because you really can't practice with 29 or 30 guys."

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GAME STORY: Oilers 5, Canucks 2

Connor McDavid records his seventh regular season hat-trick and four points while Leon Draisaitl has four helpers as Edmonton dominates Vancouver

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Captain Connor went scorched earth on Thursday.

Connor McDavid was held off the scoresheet in the Oilers season-opening loss to the Canucks last night, but there was no way he was letting that happen again in the rematch as he scored three goals and one assist to lead Edmonton to a dominant 5-2 victory.

His occassional linemate and go-to partner in crime, last season's league MVP Leon Draisaitl, recorded four assists and now has five on the season in just two games as he pursues a second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's points leader.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game vs VAN 01.14.21

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Canucks 01.14.21

The Oilers look to even the score against the Vancouver Canucks in the second of a back-to-back

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers face the Vancouver Canucks for the second time in two nights Thursday at Rogers Place.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet Pacific or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED.

Follow along for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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RELEASE: Oilers recall Skinner, loan Bouchard, assign Benson

Edmonton has made a trio of roster moves ahead of Thursday's game against the Vancouver Canucks

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have announced that goaltender Stuart Skinner has been recalled from the team's taxi squad on an emergency basis.  

The club has also loaned defenceman Evan Bouchard to the taxi squad and reassigned forward Tyler Benson from the taxi squad to the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game vs VAN 01.14.21

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers vs. Canucks 01.14.21

The Oilers get an opportunity to even the score in their second game against the Canucks in two nights

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers pre-game coverage is presented by Skip The Dishes

The Oilers get a shot at redemption versus the Vancouver Canucks Thursday at Rogers Place.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet Pacific or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game vs VAN 01.14.21

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