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Coach McLellan talks about the status of Drake Caggiula and lineup adjustments made without him

by Marc Ciampa /

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan didn't have much more of an update on the status of Drake Caggiula - he said after Friday's game that Caggiula will be fine - but did elaborate more on his answer. 

"The last time I saw him was the last time you guys saw him. I didn't run into him this morning. I'm sure that he's going to do everything in his power to get back in. He skated between periods and looked pretty darn good so I'm going to count on him."

McLellan went on to talk about the importance of Caggiula to the make-up of the team as a whole. 

"We're a better team when we can play four lines and keep our energy up. As Drake went out we had to rotate a number of faceoffs in our zone which affected our ability to put different lines together. His injury, not only did we lose a good player for a good portion of the game but it also affected the group's ability to roll people out."

Not having Caggiula limited McLellan's ability to use some players who were playing well such as Anton Slepyshev. 

"Last night, I thought Anton Slepyshev played real well but we weren't getting him on the ice enough after Caggiula left so we made a few adjustments in the third and got him out there a little more. He provided us with the type of play that we needed.

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