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BLOG: Oilers practice at Canadian Tire Centre 04.06.21

The Oilers hit the ice at Canadian Tire Centre to prepare for a back-to-back road series with the Senators beginning Wednesday

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

OTTAWA, ON - The Oilers held a practice at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa Tuesday ahead of a back-to-back set against the Senators beginning Wednesday.

After falling 3-2 in sudden-death overtime against the Montreal Canadiens Monday, Edmonton will face Ottawa tomorrow and Thursday then complete the four-game road tour with a Battle of Alberta matchup on Saturday.

Get all content and commentary from Tuesday below.

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    Head Coach Dave Tippett on the upcoming series with Ottawa:

    "The games have gone different ways but if you watch them play now, they're a hard-working team. It's going to be a tough game for us. Really tough. We go into every game and we plan to try to win. You recognize your opponent, whether it's Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg or Ottawa, whoever it is.

    "You go in, you try to have a plan to try to win. You got to go in and play well, doesn't matter who you're playing. If you don't play well, you're not going to win. If you play well, you give yourself a chance. That's what we'll be talking about tomorrow."

    Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 04.06.21

    Coach Tippett on whether goalie Alex Stalock could see playing time:

    "We'll see. He's working hard to get back up to speed. I'll have a conversation with Schwartzy but right now, there are no plans of it."

    Tippett on the missed calls in Monday's Montreal game:

    "It is frustrating to watch. Especially McDavid. There are so many penalties on him that don't get called but it is what it is. You just have to deal with it and move on."

    Video: RAW | Caleb Jones 04.06.21

    Tippett on the improvements he'd like to see from the Oilers the rest of the season:

    "You can go anywhere from individual players to get them up and running to structure, to special teams. There are a lot of things that you're trying to tweak. You're kind of evaluating, trying some different things here and there subtly to see how they work. It gives you something to put in the bank if a situation comes up and you have to go to a different look or try a different player in a different situation. Basically, you're just trying to evaluate how your team is doing in all the different parts of the game. When you get into a certain game, you can use that to your advantage or make sure it's not a weakness.

    "You always feel like you're trending up because you hope your team is continuing to build. Sometimes you're really taking steps forward in a hurry and then other times you're just taking short steps and trying to work through it. With the schedule we've had here, it's been a little bit of a mixed bag because it's hard finding a rhythm to jump into. Talking to our players, that's what they feel like. It's a little bit herky-jerky right now and now we got an extra game on this road trip and a back-to-back. We're working with that stuff but we're still trying to push our game forward. You take what's in front of you and hopefully every game there are things you can grab out of it and use as a positive. That's the trend you're always on."

    Video: RAW | Kailer Yamamoto 04.06.21 

    Caleb Jones' assessment of the 3-2 OT loss to Montreal:

    "They came out real hard in the first and we kind of weathered the storm and got out of the first period up 1-0. The second was probably our best period. We out-played them in the second period and were able to get another one. In the third, we came out and they got that first one. We were on our heels too much and trying to protect the lead. It's hard to do that for 20 minutes against a team that's really pushing. It got to OT and then it just comes down to them making a good shot to win the game."

    Jones on whether losing a two-goal, third-period lead affects the team's confidence:

    "We're a confident team. That was two good hockey teams playing a game. They did a lot of good things and we did a lot of good things. The result ended up how it was. We know how we're supposed to play with the lead or without the lead. We have the same mindset no matter what every night. We're just going to continue to try to keep growing that and becoming a better defensive team."

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