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BLOG: Tuesday's light skate at Rogers Place 04.20.21

Get all content and commentary from Tuesday's optonal skate as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returned to the ice

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers held a light skate at Rogers Place on Tuesday after defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 Monday night.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Slater Koekkoek both participated in the session. Mikko Koskinen and Alex Stalock were the only netminders on the ice.

Get all content, commentary and more from the day below.

Video: PRACTICE | RNH Skates 04.20.21

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Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 04.20.21

    Head Coach Dave Tippett on the status of Jujhar Khaira:

    "I talked to him for a while today. He's feeling good and he's feeling fine today. They're going to do a few tests on him the next few days and we'll see where it goes. He says it's funny, he got hit and just was stunned a little bit but then today he feels absolutely normal. They're going to do some tests to make sure everything's alright."

    Coach Tippett's update on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins:

    "Nuge skated today. He had a hard practice today and I think we'll see in the morning if he gets cleared by the doctors and if he does, he's got a chance to play tomorrow night."

    Video: RAW | Alex Chiasson 04.20.21

    Tippett on Monday's tough-checking battle:

    "It was a physical game. That's what set it apart. There was a lot of hits in that game and a lot of hard competing for loose pucks and hard competing to get to the net. It was one of those games where there was a lot of contact and a lot of aggressive play. When both teams are doing it, it ends up being a good game."

    Forward Alex Chiasson on the Oilers exciting 4-1 win against the Canadiens:

    "I think it's a long way coming for this group. I look at my first year here three years we've been playing as of late, I think we've realized here we got 12 games left in the season. We want to go into the post-season feeling good about ourselves and making sure we're ready to go. I thought tonight was as close as you're going to get to a preparation game. Everyone was dialled in and we stuck with it for 60 minutes. A big change from our group is being able to, when we're down a goal, stick with the plan and not get away from things that make us successful. Bearsy came up huge there in the third and Connor took over."

    Video: RAW | Kailer Yamamoto 04.20.21

    Chiasson on the physicality of Monday's game:

    "I think on paper, it may not be our style of game but going into the post-season, the majority of the games are going to turn out that way. There's a lot that happened within the game that was good for our group. Tight-checking, Montreal's got a top-four D that's as big and strong as you're going to get in the League. For us forwards, it's not easy to get those areas around the net and you've got to fight for every loose puck. I thought 1-on-1 battles were key for us creating second and third opportunities. A lot of the little things that happened within the game, they were key points for us."

    Chiasson on bumping into Carey Price:

    "Unintentional. To be honest, I kind of read the play wrong a little bit. I thought Connor was going to go around and I was trying to make my read off that. I apologized to him afterwards and I think he realized that wasn't my intention. I hope he's doing alright."

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