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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Canucks

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Rogers Place.

You can watch on TV across Canada on Sportsnet and CBC 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: Nugent-Hopkins out 5-6 weeks with cracked ribs

Oilers have lost 79 man games to injury or illness this season

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

As of January 20, 2017

Current man games lost due to injury: 80 games

See below for a full injury report. 

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs. Canucks

The Oilers return from their bye week to host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night at Rogers Place

by Paul Gazzola & Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place on Saturday night.

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | vs. Canucks Preview

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BLOG: Puljujarvi hits the ODR during bye week

Young winger stayed occupied by playing shinny with locals

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Sticks in the middle.

Oilers winger Jesse Puljujarvi enjoyed the bye week in Edmonton, keeping himself and his visiting friend occupied by taking to the local outdoor rinks.

"My best buddy is here and we didn't know what to do, so we went to the outdoor rink," said Puljujarvi of his bye week endeavours, which gained much publicity. 

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: #ODR adventures with Jesse! #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/qV9eqr0DiV

The Finn excited local minor hockey players with his presence.

"I saw that, that's good," said Puljujarvi, who has eight goals and three assists in 29 games this season. "They tried to take the puck from me and it was fun. That's good that they were happy about that.

"I just wanted to go outside and do something. It's always fun to skate."

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BLOG: Nurse put on top power-play unit

Defenceman has four goals in his past four games, earning a look on the Oilers top power-play unit

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - With four goals in his past four games, Darnell Nurse has made his case.

The defenceman skated with the Oilers top power-play unit Friday at practice and commented on the opportunity.

"Obviously we have a lot of guys that can make plays, so I'll just try to get the puck in their hands and get some shots through when I get an opportunity," said Nurse of the chance to see man-advantage minutes.

The top unit featured Nurse, Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Strome and Milan Lucic. The second group had Oscar Klefbom, Jesse Puljujarvi, Drake Caggiula, Michael Cammalleri and Patrick Maroon.

"It took a lot of time for me to have that belief that not only can I contribute defensively, but to use my legs and have the ability to get up and create offence for our team too," Nurse continued.

The rearguard leads all Oilers defenders in goals and points with six and 18, respectively.

"It was a good step before the break," he said.

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan praised the rearguard Friday.

"Just his game as a whole, right from Day 1 until now, 'inconsistent' probably describes our team as a whole but it sure doesn't describe Darnell," said McLellan. "He's been consistently showing up and moving the needle upwards. Great learning curve, taking more on, excelling in a number of different areas. His confidence level is probably as high as it's been in his National Hockey League career.

"We have to be aware as he comes in, that we want to put him in a situation that he feels good, too. We'll manage him, give him a little bit more and hopefully, he can make a difference on it."

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BLOG: Nugent-Hopkins sidelined for five to six weeks

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said the centre has cracked ribs

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has cracked ribs and will be sidelined for five to six weeks, Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said Friday.

The injury occurred in the Oilers 3-2 overtime win against the Vegas Golden Knights last Saturday.

"The initial indications were he'd be OK, then he came home and he saw some doctors and had some tests, and he's going to be out five to six weeks," said McLellan.

Nugent-Hopkins leads the Oilers in goals with 16. He also has 15 assists and 31 points in 46 games this season.

"You can make an argument who our key go-to guy has been this year, obviously Connor's having a pretty good year individually and some others, but I would throw Nuge right up there," said McLellan. "He's been trustworthy in every situation, given us valuable minutes, improved his game. 

"He means a lot to our team."

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BLOG: Practice updates 1/19

The Oilers returned from the bye week for a practice at Rogers Place

by EdmontonOilers.com Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers returned to the ice following their bye week.

Lines at practice are as follows:

Maroon - McDavid - Caggiula

Lucic - Draisaitl - Puljujarvi

Khaira - Strome - Cammalleri

Pakarinen/Slepyshev - Letestu - Kassian

Video: OILERS TODAY | Nugent-Hopkins out

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RELEASE: Oilers recall Pakarinen; Nugent-Hopkins placed on IR

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Iiro Pakarinen from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors

by EdmontonOilers.com Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Iiro Pakarinen from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.

Pakarinen, 26, has appeared in 18 games with the Oilers this season, posting one assist and four penalty minutes.

The 6'1", 215-pound forward, has appeared in 18 games for Bakersfield this season, posting 13 points (9G, 4A) and two penalty minutes. Pakarinen has registered five power play goals, ranking him second on the Condors.

The Oilers have also placed forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on injured reserve.

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BLOG: Oilers place Nugent-Hopkins on IR

The Oilers have placed Nugent-Hopkins on IR and have recalled Pakarinen

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have announced the placing of forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on IR. In addition, they've recalled Iiro Pakarinen from the Bakersfield Condors.

Nugent-Hopkins leads the Oilers in goal scoring with 16 this season. He's third on the team with 31 points (16-15-31) through 46 games.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: The #Oilers have recalled forward Iiro Pakarinen from the Bakersfield @Condors & placed forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Injured Reserve. pic.twitter.com/KCTHC6EdNC

Iiro Pakarinen just saw his point streak with the Condors snapped at seven games (5-2-7). He has nine goals and four assists in 18 games for the Condors. In 18 games for the Oilers this season, the winger has just one assist.

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Condors Week Content on EdmontonOilers.com

EdmontonOilers.com and Oilers TV were on location in Bakersfield gathering exclusive content on the club's AHL affiliate and their players

by EdmontonOilers.com Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

BAKERSFIELD, CA - It's Condors Week on EdmontonOilers.com. With the Oilers on their bye week, we sent a crew down to Bakersfield, California to check in on some of the club's prospects and gather exclusive content.

We'll release fresh videos and features daily until the Oilers return to practice on Friday.

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