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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Blue Jackets

Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

The Oilers close out this road trip with a showdown with the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

You can watch on Sportsnet Oilers, or listen live on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Follow along during the game with live updates, notes, commentary and highlights with our in-game blog.

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Maple Leafs

Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

The Oilers close out this back-to-back in Toronto against the Maple Leafs.

You can watch live on Sportsnet or listen on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Follow along with in-game updates from the Air Canada Centre with our live blog.

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In Depth: Carter's Bond

Through Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' charitable efforts, one young Oilers fan has left his mark on some of the players

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

At 5:30 a.m., Carter Hipkin is being lightly shaken awake by his parents.

They help the groggy 13-year-old put on his mask and start the roughly two hours of treatment that has become just a regular piece to his daily schedule. Carter begins inhaling his medications for an hour and a half before the physical portion of his chest treatments begins.

The parents lay their child on a board and beat his back and sides for a half an hour until he is able to cough up the mucus sticking to his lungs. This is just the start of his day.

At 8 a.m., Carter heads off to school, while around the same time, Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is arriving to the rink to begin his game-day routine.

Over the course of the day, Carter will take 40 pills and his treatments begin again in the evening. This is a regular day, a good day - a healthy day.

At night, Carter sits on the living room couch staring intently at the television as he cheers on his favourite team - all whilst his nebulizer mask pumps medication into his lungs and his number-93 jersey rests on his person.

 

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Canadiens

Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Canadiens in Montreal

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

The Oilers take on the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday night.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet or listen live on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Follow along with commentary, updates, highlights and more with our in-game blog.

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Canadiens

The Oilers take on the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday night

by Ryan Frankson & Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers begin their three-game road trip in Montreal against the Canadiens.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet or listen live on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Canadiens Pre-Game

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BLOG: Penalty kill continues to hamper Oilers

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have taken 10 penalties in their last two games, and while they did manage a shorthanded goal in last night's loss to Philadelphia, they still allowed a power-play tally at the other end.

Overall, the team's penalty kill has struggled this season, ranking last in the League at 72.34% and they've killed just 59.52% of their home penalties.

"It's hampered us immensely," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "We very seldom come out of a home game clean, which puts you down 1-0 to begin with. That puts a strain on the mental part of the team. Unfortunately for us, we're taking more penalties than we're drawing as well. The taking of the penalty and lack of a penalty kill, that doesn't marry well. You can take the penalties if you're killing at 85-90%. We have to fix the taking of and killing of the penalty."

The Oilers have worked on special teams relentlessly this season, but the goals against have remained an issue despite some improvements to the structure.

"There have probably been meetings and conversations ad nauseam in here," said Oilers forward Mark Letestu. "We're searching for answers. To be honest, we've liked our kill recently and the structure, the pressure, but we're giving up a goal. We've limited shots, probably better than we did last year, but when we give up the opportunities and the shots on goal, they're tap-ins, they're layups, and they're big breakdowns. The group in here, we've got to figure it out. But there's been a lot of discussion in the room and meeting time. The coaches have done everything they can to prepare us, it's the players that have to start performing."

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs Flyers

Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Flyers in Edmonton

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

The Oilers host the Philadelphia Flyers at Rogers Place on Wednesday night.

You can watch on Sportsnet One or listen live on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

View or in-game blog for updates, commentary, highlights and more.

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BLOG: Two Oilers prospects on US Preliminary Roster

Kailer Yamamoto and Philip Kemp are among those named to Team USA's Preliminary World Juniors Roster

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

Two Oilers prospects are among the 28 players named to the preliminary roster for the 2018 US National Junior Team.

Forward Kailer Yamamoto and defenceman Philip Kemp are the Edmonton prospects named to the team. Kemp was taken in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Draft and is playing for Yale University, where he has compiled one goal and two assists in seven games. Yamamoto was taken 22nd overall in 2017 and has nine points (1-8-9) in 10 games for the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL. He played nine games for the Oilers this season, recording three assists.

The final 23-man roster will represent the United States in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship from December 26-January 5, 2018 in Buffalo, NY.

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BLOG: Kassian leaving his footprint on games

Zack Kassian is on a four-game point streak and providing energy for the team

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - Zack Kassian is the type of player that can leave his "footprint" on the game when he's on. His tempo, physicality and energy can pull players along with him. In addition to those qualities, Kassian has hit a run in points with six in his last six games (2-4-6).

Head Coach Todd McLellan attributes some of his recent success to a conversation the forward had with Assistant Coach Jimmy Johnson.

"Jimmy shared some of his thoughts with Zack, and - not necessarily from that point on -I think he got him thinking about a few things," said McLellan. "His linemates are playing significant roles in the games as well, which helps him… I like (the analogy) of leaving your footprint on the game. He's been doing that lately. Forget about scoring, just the forecheck and the energy he gives off just so his teammates can feed off it has been a positive thing for our team."

Kassian has begun to build chemistry with his linemantes Mark Letestu and Jujhar Khaira. Together the trio has earned trust with the coaching staff and has shown they can provide energy to the lineup.

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FEATURE: Davidson returns home

The Oilers claimed defenceman Brandon Davidson off waivers, bringing him back to where he feels at home

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - It was an honest mistake. Actually, not even a mistake - it just slipped his mind.

Brandon Davidson was traded from the Oilers to the Montreal Canadiens back in February, but he never changed his bio to reflect said change. As a result, he's always been labeled an Oiler.

Video: OILERS TODAY | New and Old Faces

So, to the casual fan who happened to look at Davidson's Twitter account after he was placed on waivers by Montreal two days ago, it would appear as though he was sending a message. Or was he psychic?

Not at all.

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