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Keep up to date with the Oilers as the club hit the ice for practice Tuesday at Rogers Place

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers held a full-pull practice at Rogers Place on Tuesday. 

The club was shutout 3-0 versus the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday and have been blanked two games in a row in the three-game set. The series will close Wednesday.

Dominik Kahun was not on the ice for the session. James Neal, Kyle Turris and William Lagesson were all participating.

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Video: PRACTICE | Skating Uphill 03.02.21

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Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 03.02.21

Lines at practice appeared to be:

Neal - McDavid - Puljujarvi

RNH - Draisaitl - Yamamoto

Ennis - Khaira - Archibald

P. Russell - Haas - Chiasson

Nygard - Shore - Turris

Defence:

Nurse - Bear

Jones - Larsson

K. Russell - Barrie

Lagesson - Bouchard

Goal:

Smith

Koskinen

Video: RAW | Connor McDavid 03.02.21

Head Coach Dave Tippett's updates on Kahun, Neal and Lagesson:

"Kahun couldn't practice today. He was unfit to practice. We'll leave that one at that. Neal, I think would be available tomorrow. I got to check with the doctors. Lagesson is coming along but I'm not sure he's ready for tomorrow."

Coach Tippett on whether Kyle Turris could slot into the lineup Wednesday:

"When you get shutout a couple of games in a row, all options are open."

Tippett on the difference between playing with the lead as opposed to trailing:

"When you're chasing the game, you just seem like you use a lot more energy. If your energy is low on your group to start with, and you start chasing it, it just seems like it's tough to do anything. If you're even or you got a lead, you feel good about your game. It's like skating uphill and downhill. Downhill is easier." 

Oilers Captain Connor McDavid on the series so far against Toronto:

"Both games kind of went exactly as they probably scripted them. As well as you'd script any game if you're them. Getting up two or three early and kind of just holding onto that. When you're playing up 2-0 or 3-0, it's a pretty easy game you got to play. Focusing on our start, not to say that it's been an issue, but finding a way to limit their chances as well. 

"Finding a way to get the first one would obviously be big for us. If not, it's not the end of the world. Games have kind of gone perfectly for them. They've gotten some bounces and they've played well. Maybe we haven't been at our best but we haven't gotten many bounces either. Not to make any excuses for ourselves. Give them a lot of credit, they're playing well and it's a big one for us tomorrow night."

Video: RAW | Leon Draisaitl 03.02.21

McDavid on the Oilers playing with more emotion:

"We need to play with a little more emotion, I think. We've kind of been stale the last two games. Physically and I guess vocally on the bench, I think it's been a little bit quieter than it's been in previous games. Bringing that emotion back is never a bad thing."

McDavid on Toronto winning two in a row without their leading scorer Auston Matthews or starting goaltender Frederik Andersen:

"They're obviously missing some key pieces but I think it speaks to their depth, their coaching and the players themselves. They've played well. They're missing some key pieces but they're still a good team."

Leon Draisaitl on the Oilers being shutout two games in a row:

"I think we've had our chances. Maybe the puck's not really bouncing our way right now. You have to earn those bounces and we haven't really been doing that. We're looking to get greasy, get dirty ones and hopefully, the floodgates will open."

Draisaitl on areas in need of improvement heading into Game 3 against Toronto:

"If you're down 3-0 after the first in back-to-back games, that's a tough way to climb back. Especially against a really good team like Toronto. Our start is key. Maybe get a lead, try to find a goal early and play with the lead a little bit will help. 

"We've been working hard. Obviously, it hasn't been enough. I know that. I don't think we've been terrible the last two games. We didn't have the most energy but we're obviously looking to win one tomorrow."

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