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GAME STORY: Canucks 4, Oilers 2

Oilers scored first but three Canucks power-play goals were the difference in a 4-2 loss in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, BC - Alex Chiasson scored his 15th of the season, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted his 11th and Connor McDavid extended his point streak to nine games with an assist on Chiasson's tally in a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at VAN 12.16.18

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The Oilers take on the Canucks in Vancouver on a short one-game road trip

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The Oilers face the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Rogers Arena. 

You can watch the game on Sportsnet West and listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at VAN 12.16.18

Read the game preview plus our Morning Skate Report, lineup updates, videos and more just below. 

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IN DEPTH: The Chiass

Battling his way to another one-year contract via a Professional Tryout, Oilers winger Alex Chiasson is proving, once again, that he was worth the risk and is coming even better than advertised thus far.

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Fans are rarely privy to the exact ins and outs of player signings, contract negotiations, or trade formulations-whether it be exactly how they come to be or any close-calls or near-misses along the way.

Hockey insiders across broadcast networks can offer insight or a small window to a world fans clamor for a glimpse into. Look no further for proof than some of hockey's most influential pundits who command more than one million Twitter followers that hang on every character of every tweet about anything from the "inside".

These media personalities can supply the slivers that satiate an appetite for real-time, behind-the-scenes info, but in reality, these talks are held close to the chest on the sides of agents, players and teams for obvious reasons.

It's not just leading up to those loud signings on July 1 where this delicate process plays out. Dictating the future of any player takes time, diligence and forethought from many perspective.

And as Alex Chiasson embarked on the second professional tryout (PTO) experience of his career this fall in Edmonton, he knew that process of patiently combing for the right fit is key, while also keeping in mind that once your blades hits the ice for that next opportunity, nothing is certain. 

He is no stranger to this.  

"You're taking two suitcases, a suit, a couple shirts, a backpack and off you go. But you're still not really sure where you're going to end up," said the forward.

While the 28-year-old made earning a spot with the Oilers the priority, he was not blind to the realities of fighting for a contract this way. You're showcasing in one city, but others with interest can keep a keen eye. A year earlier, he was rolling into the Washington Capitals training camp under the same circumstances.

"Obviously you're trying out for one team, but you're also trying out for every other team in the NHL."

The Edmonton Oilers announced on Sept. 10 that they had signed the Quebec native to a PTO. With a goal of rounding out their forward group, in addition to some off-season signings, the organization opted to bring in the versatile winger to compete for a contract. If he earned that, the next step would be vying for playing time against a mix of burgeoning prospects and other vets in the Oilers system.


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BLOG: Nurse aims to up offensive production

With his two-year contract inked, the blueliner sets his sights on 2018-19 goals

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Fresh off signing a two-year contract, defenceman Darnell Nurse chatted with Oilers Now's Bob Stauffer on Monday afternoon. 

With the no-longer RFA's contract negotiations in the rearview and a new deal inked, Nurse spoke about reaching an agreement and his goals for the upcoming season including areas he thinks he can continue to grow.

The 6-foot-4, 221-pound rearguard has always had offensive instinct, but he knows his personal ceiling has yet to be reached when it comes to his ability to grow that facet of his two-way game. 

"The offensive side continues to be (an area of improvement)," said Nurse.

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"Obviously, I always pride myself on my defence and being hard to play against and physical, but being able to contribute a little bit more on the offensive side of the ice and be more of a two-way threat is something I think I can help the guys out with. I know the forwards would love a little more back-end production." 

Nurse saw a jump In minutes last year when he averaged 22:15 TOI and figures to see those numbers stay elevated with the loss of fellow blueliner Andrej Sekera to injury for a bulk of 2018-19. But the Hamilton, ON native isn't shying away from any challenge as he looks to further cement his presence in the Oilers top four while looking to up his offensive game using his clearly innate sense for when to jump in on the rush- a skill that the Oilers saw flashes of after Nurse reached a career-high in points in 2017-18 with 26 (6 goals, 20 assists) to lead Oilers d-men in even-strength scoring.

The work commences tomorrow for Nurse as he prepares to rejoin his teammates on the ice in Edmonton ahead of the club's second pre-season matchup in Vancouver.

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OFF-SEASON OIL: Finish line

Catch up on all the Oilers off-season action via social media as they gear up for the season

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EDMONTON, AB - The end of August signals one thing to hockey fans - on-ice action is just around the corner and you can almost taste it. With Oilers training camp set to start in mid-September, we get you reacquainted with the guys as they show how they're wrapping up their summers on social media before converging on Edmonton to prep for the 2018-19 campaign.

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OFF-SEASON OIL: September in view

Catch up with all the Oilers off-season adventures via social media

by Cait MacPhail /

EDMONTON, AB - The dawn of training camp is in view as the Oilers wait out the end of their off-seasons and gear up to reconverge on Edmonton in mid-September. Get a glimpse at how they're spending the remaining days of summer before launching headfirst into a new season of Oilers hockey. 

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OFF-SEASON OIL: Training ramps up

Stay up-to-date on the Oilers off-season action via social media as they document their summer training sessions and more

by Cait MacPhail /

Edmonton, AB - September is inching closer which means on-ice training is ramping up and we've rounded up all the social media action for you in one place. Get jacked for October by getting a glimpse into what the Oilers have been up to including skills camps they have attended, and even hosted, in the latest edition of Off-Season Oil.

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Stay up-to-date on the Oilers off-season adventures via social media

by Cait MacPhail /

EDMONTON, AB - Being well into August means being well into the dog days of summer and while it's still hot, the longing for some ice grows stronger. Catch up with Oilers players and prospects via social media as their training heats up and summer winds down with just over a month before main camp opens in mid-September. 

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OFF-SEASON OIL: Is it October Yet?

Stave off the no-hockey blues by checking in with your favourite Oilers via social media

by Cait MacPhail /

EDMONTON, AB - This week we had Connor in full Oilers gear for an Adidas shoot, Talbs hitting the links for at the Oil Country Championship and returnee Kyle Brodziak getting officially reacquainted with Oil Country-- all signs that hockey is getting closer and you can almost taste it. Get caught up with the Oilers via social media with another edition Off-Season Oil!

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OFF-SEASON OIL: So close yet so far

Stay up-to-date on the Oilers off-season adventures via social media

by Cait MacPhail /

EDMONTON, AB - As we approach August, the final month without some on-ice hockey action, the itch gets stronger and the days get longer. Stave off your withdrawal with the latest edition of Off-Season Oil as we keep you connected with your favourite Oilers via their social media accounts so you stay posted on their training, vacations and all other adventures before they converge on Rogers Place in September.

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