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Getting practice time

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan has welcomed the recent practices

by Paul Gazzola /

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan finally has some time to practice with his club. McLellan commented on how impactful the practice time is.

"I think it's really important," he said. "It's not about bringing the players here and grinding it out. It's about helping them get better. And in fact, in some cases, I think saving some jobs. The guys in the minor leagues right now are getting practice time all the time, they're playing games. If we happen to lose fourth line players or extra players because they're not getting a lot of practice time and somebody down there is, I don't know if that helps anybody here. It's just the way it goes. The whole league is going through it, so some teams are going to handle it well and some teams aren't and we've got to find a way to handle it well."

The Oilers will play the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night at Rogers Place.

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