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GAME RECAP: Oilers 3, Canucks 2 (OT)

McDavid nets the overtime winner as the Oilers battle from a two-goal deficit in the third period to defeat the Canucks

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

VANCOUVER, BC - Call it the West Coast Comeback.

Connor McDavid scored the overtime winner with his 20th of the campaign, Leon Draisaitl knotted the game up in the third period and Mikko Koskinen made 25 stops as the Edmonton Oilers overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period against the Vancouver Canucks to down their provincial rivals 3-2 in the extra inning.

With their second consecutive victory, the Oilers improved to 20-16-2 on the year and 9-8-2 away from Rogers Place despite going 0-for-3 on the man advantage.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at VAN 01.25.22

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Canucks

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers meet the Canucks at Rogers Arena

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers clash with the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday at Rogers Arena.

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

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

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RELEASE: Nugent-Hopkins activated from LTIR

The veteran forward returns to the Oilers lineup while Mike Smith is moved to LTIR and Seth Griffith is loaned to Bakersfield

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

VANCOUVER, BC - The Oilers have made three roster moves ahead of Tuesday night's road matchup against the Vancouver Canucks.

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins activated from LTIR
  • Mike Smith moved from IR to LTIR
  • Seth Griffith loaned to Bakersfield (AHL)

Nugent-Hopkins will return to Edmonton's lineup against his hometown team. The 28-year-old centreman has scored three goals and 23 assists in 30 games this season.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at VAN 01.25.22

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Canucks

The Edmonton Oilers pay the Vancouver Canucks a visit Tuesday at Rogers Arena

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers pre-game coverage is presented by SkipTheDishes

The Edmonton Oilers face the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday at Rogers Arena.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet or listen on the Oilers Radio Network.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at VAN 01.25.22

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BLOG: Feeling the rhythm

After being in and out of the lineup since the Christmas break, forward Zack Kassian is excited to get in a groove during the Oilers busy upcoming schedule

by Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Zack Kassian has always been one of the biggest enthusiasts of the energy and animosities of the Battle of Alberta.

However, on Saturday, the forward was forced to watch from home as his Oilers teammates earned an important victory over their rivals after being relegated to spectator status with a non-COVID-related illness.

"I didn't watch too much of it, to be honest," Kassian admitted. "I wasn't feeling very well… but I was checking my phone."

"Obviously when I saw we were down 2-0, I didn't like seeing that. But after speaking with the guys, I was really happy for Mikko most importantly. He has taken a lot of heat and that wears on guys mentally more so than physically, but for him to step up and be the best player from what I heard is awesome. We're going to need him to keep doing that."

Returning to Rogers Place on Monday to participate in a full skate with his Oilers teammates before the team's departure to Vancouver, Kassian alluded to a change in the dressing room's vibrations after Saturday's win over the Calgary Flames offered reprieve from the Orange & Blue's seven-game slump.

"There're no ifs, ands, or buts that the mood is better in here today," Kassian said. "You lose a bunch in a row and you feel like crap, and then you win one and it's amazing what it does for the morale of the team and our confidence.

"We're excited to go on the road and go into Vancouver and hopefully put in a good effort."

Video: RAW | Zack Kassian 01.24.22

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BLOG: Monday's practice at Rogers Place

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins centred the third line during the Oilers pre-flight practice at Rogers Place on Monday morning

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was a full participant during Monday morning's skate at Rogers Place as the Oilers took part in a pre-flight practice before departing to Vancouver for Tuesday night's road game against the Canucks.

Nugent-Hopkins centred the third line between Brendan Perlini and Zack Kassian, with Head Coach Dave Tippett saying during his media availability that the 28-year-old is expected to return to action from a lower-body injury against the Canucks if he gets the green light following the Oilers pre-game skate on Tuesday.

"His first day as a full participant," the bench boss said. "We'll skate tomorrow morning and make the final call, but that's the first day he's put lots of pressure on and gone through [practice] fully. If we think he's not going to take a step back tomorrow or isn't sore tomorrow, then he could be a player tomorrow. We'll make that decision tomorrow morning."

Video: PRACTICE | Looking To Build

Both defenceman Tyson Barrie and forward Zach Hyman did not participate in Monday's practice and will not be available to play against the Canucks on Tuesday night. Barrie remains out of the lineup with lower and upper body injuries, while Hyman didn't travel with the team and will be unable to test out of COVID-19 Protocol in time to re-join his teammates on the road in Vancouver.

"He has to go through all the testing, and by the time he gets all the results and everything, he won't be able to get to Vancouver," Tippett said.

Mikko Koskinen was in the starter's crease after making 44 saves in Edmonton's 5-3 victory over Calgary on Saturday night that snapped the Blue & Orange's seven-game losing streak. Stuart Skinner was the backup, with Mike Smith skating on his own before the main group as he continues to rehab a torn ligament in his thumb.

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 01.24.22

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    GENE'S BLOG: Klutch Koskinen

    The Oilers goaltender stepped up with a 44-save performance during Saturday's 5-3 Battle of Alberta victory

    by Gene Principe @GenePrincipe / EdmontonOilers.com

    It was a weekend full of NFL playoff games and watching quarterbacks, linemen, linebackers, defensive backs and everyone else on the field battle it out for the right to move on. With so much on the line, it seemed like almost every game came down to one player pushing his team onward and forward towards the Super Bowl in a few weeks' time.

    Rosters of 60-plus players and in the end the game was attached to the shoulders of a field goal kicker. Often the smallest players on the field with the biggest job ahead of them. Make it and you're the hero. Miss it and you feel like a zero. The ultimate pressure point in being a success. Every sport has its positions that bring the pressure to perform.

    He is not the smallest player on the team -- rather the tallest -- but Mikko Koskinen came up with his version of a game-winning field goal thanks to a game-winning save in the third period of Saturday's game. It pushed his team to a victory in the Battle of Alberta. As a fan, you judge netminders on their save percentage, their goals-against average, and of course their wins and losses.

    It's a results-driven business, but I think we sometimes forget there is a person behind the mask. A son, a husband, a father, and from where I stand, a darn good guy trying his best to be at his best for his teammates. Being a goalie on any team and in any league is tough. Doing it in a city with a rabid fan base who love their Oilers can be challenging.

    Video: POST-RAW | Draisaitl, Koskinen 01.22.21

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    GAME RECAP: Oilers 5, Flames 3

    Draisaitl tallies four points, Bouchard scores a pair of goals and Koskinen makes 44 saves in a 5-3 win over Calgary that sees the Oilers end a seven-game losing streak

    by Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach / EdmontonOilers.com

    EDMONTON, AB - Play La Bamba, with a little extra volume.

    Leon Draisaitl put in a tremendous performance, recording two goals and two assists, while Mikko Koskinen was monstrous in the Oilers crease with 44 saves as the Oilers snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Hockey Night in Canada.

    Defenceman Evan Bouchard factored into the Battle of Alberta by tallying two power-play goals, Connor McDavid had two assists on the man advantage, and Brendan Perlini notched his fourth goal of the season in the victory.

    Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game vs CGY 01.22.22

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    LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Flames

    Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers host the Flames at Rogers Place on Hockey Night in Canada

    by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

    The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames meet for the Battle of Alberta Saturday at Rogers Place.

    You can watch the game on CBC, Sportsnet & Citytv or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED.

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

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    RELEASE: Skinner removed from protocol, Konovalov to taxi squad

    The Oilers have made several roster moves ahead of Saturday night's Battle of Alberta matchup

    by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

    EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have made three roster moves ahead of Saturday's Battle of Alberta against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place.

    • Goaltender Stuart Skinner has been removed from COVID protocol
    • Goaltender Ilya Konovalov has been loaned to the taxi squad
    • Forward Tim Soderlund's contract has been terminated

    Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game vs CGY 01.22.22

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