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PREVIEW: Oilers at Blackhawks

The Oilers open a three-game road trip tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks

by Chris Wescott & Paul Gazzola /

The Oilers visit the United Center for a meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks as they attempt to end their current four-game slide.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet ONE across Canada or listen via 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Read the game preview below and check back later today for videos, lineup updates, our Morning Skate Report and more. 

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs. Hurricanes

The Oilers wrap up a short home stand with a game against the Carolina Hurricanes

by Chris Wescott /

The Oilers face off against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight looking to put an end to a three-game slide. 

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | vs. Hurricanes Preview


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BLOG: Malone looks to bring energy

Recalled from Bakersfield, Malone looks to bring some energy to the Oilers who have lost three straight

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - Brad Malone is no stranger to being recalled by an NHL club looking to inject some energy into their lineup.

"My whole career I've kind of been in this situation," said Malone, who was recalled by the Oilers on Sunday from the Bakersfield Condors. "This isn't my first time I've come up and gotten an opportunity to bring some life. The opportunity is there. I'm not going to go out of my way to do anything that isn't within the team lines here. At the same time, you just want to fall in line and push from the bottom a little bit."

The Oilers are in the midst of a three-game slide, having lost to Vancouver, Winnipeg and Ottawa. They now face Malone's former club, Carolina, on Tuesday night. With Leon Draisaitl and Drake Caggiula still on the mend, Malone could factor into the game. He was centring a line with Jussi Jokinen and Anton Slepyshev at Monday's practice.

"I'm just going to be myself and try to be physical, bring some energy," said Malone.

The forward has 13 goals and 17 assists in 176 NHL games.

"He's played in the League before," said Oilers winger Zack Kassian. "He plays hard, he's good on the forecheck, good on draws, he's a heart-and-soul type guy and you need those guys to have a winning ingredient."

Malone had two goals in five pre-season games with the Oilers.

"For me, he's a fairly responsible defensive guy and he was one of our bottom six players that produced offensively throughout training camp," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.

"He has the ability to penalty kill, so all areas we're looking to improve in."

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BLOG: Kassian on ups and downs of a season

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - Despite dropping three straight games, the Oilers are confident in their ability to turn things around quickly. As some may forget, the Oilers may have started 7-1-0 last season but they had losing streaks of three and five games in November. They were able to bounce back just fine from those.

The players see dips in seasons all the time, but given the amount of losses in such a small sample size, the tough outings are magnified. It takes one shift, one period, one game to get things turned around.

"Through an 82-game season there's going to be ups and downs," said Oilers winger Zack Kassian. "Obviously, you want to snap out of losing streaks quick as that's what you have to do to be successful. At these times, we've got to stick together and we'll come out of it. We're a confident group in here that we'll start with one period, start with a game and build off that."

It's a long season. Of course, Edmonton would like to immediately go on a run to erase the negatives, but whenever the righting of the ship comes it will be because of working hard and getting back to what made them so successful last season.

"It's pretty easy," said Kassian. "We know what we're capable of. We know we're a better team than the way we've been playing. We've got to get back to basics. I know one thing, and that's we believe in each other."

Edmonton looks to get back in the win column Tuesday night, at home against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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FEATURE: Yamamoto playing well around the net

Rookie Kailer Yamamoto played well in front of the net in the Oilers loss to Ottawa and was one of the team's better players

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - Kailer Yamamoto probably could have had his first NHL goal Saturday night, but settled for his first point - a secondary assist on Adam Larsson's third-period tally.

The rookie first-round pick was buzzing around the Ottawa Senators net. Playing with Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon, Yamamoto was one of the team's best players in an otherwise rough night.

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BLOG: Practice updates 10/15

Updates, news, notes, videos and more from Sunday's practice at Rogers Place

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have a practice at Rogers Place Sunday, following their 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Leon Draisaitl was once again absent from practice, dealing with "concussion-like symptoms." Drake Caggiula (undisclosed injury) was also absent.

The lines being run were as follows:


Video: PRACTICE | Sunday at Rogers Place

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BLOG: Oilers get back to work

The Oilers had a hard practice on Wednesday as they returned to work after an off day

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - After their 5-2 loss to Winnipeg on Monday, Edmonton had an off day to collect their thoughts. Wednesday morning, it was back to work for the orange and blue. It was a hard skate for the Oil, who need to get back to realizing how hard it is to win in the NHL.

"We started at training camp on day one reminding players how hard it is to win," said Head Coach Todd McLellan. "Part of solving that puzzle, if you will, is work ethic and I thought we were really outworked the other night (against Winnipeg). Perhaps a bit in Vancouver, but the other night we tried to do a lot of things the easy way and today was a reminder we have to work. I'm happy with the way the guys responded, happy with the effort we put in today and now now it's got to carry over into tomorrow, Friday and then the game on Saturday."

A day off allowed the team to come back rested. Today, McLellan said the players "took their lumps" in the video session then came to work in the on-ice portion of practice.

"I don't look at today being a bad day or a wasted day of conditioning," he said. "We got a lot out of practice as well, but it's what we do with it. Teams have to be reminded, especially early in the year, it's tough to win. Other teams are going to be ready for you and if you get outworked you're guaranteed to lose."

The players appreciated the hard work put in as well.

"Today was a good day of work," said Oscar Klefbom. "We have a long way to go. There's no reason to push any panic buttons right now. We have to get back to our roots here and play good hockey. Like I said, there are a lot of games left but we've got to stick together and play better now."

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BLOG: Draisaitl absent from practice

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was absent from practice Wednesday, and Todd McLellan provides an update

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - Leon Draisaitl was absent from Wednesday's practice at the Rogers Place Community Rink, but it shouldn't be a long-term thing. Head Coach Todd McLellan said the Oilers forward got hit with either a puck or stick to the eye area and needed another day to recover.

"His eye was quite swollen today and it wasn't safe to put him on the ice," said McLellan. "If the swelling comes down tomorrow he should be back out. If there's any risk of any problems up and around that eyeball we won't skate him tomorrow but he should be ready to go on the weekend."

In addition to Draisaitl, Drake Caggiula was missing from the skate as well, still dealing with his undisclosed injury.

"Drake is still day-to-day," said McLellan. "Obviously, he didn't skate today. We'll see how he is tomorrow."

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GAME STORY: Canucks 3, Oilers 2

Bo Horvat scores twice as the Vancouver Canucks hand the Oilers their first loss of the season

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

VANCOUVER, BC - Bo Horvat potted two for the Canucks, helping the home team secure a 3-2 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Canucks Post-Game

Penalties were an issue for the Oilers as they racked up 19 minutes. However, Vancouver only capitalized on one of their seven tries on the man advantage as Edmonton's penalty kill gave them a chance. The Oilers power play was not clicking though, only scoring on one of their five opportunities.

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LIVE GAME BLOG: Oilers at Canucks

The Oilers open the road portion of their 2017-18 schedule tonight in Vancouver

by Chris Wescott /

The Oilers meet the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Rogers Arena. 

You can watch on TV across Canada on CBC or listen on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Stay tuned for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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