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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Maple Leafs

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers host the Toronto Maple Leafs

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Rogers Place.

You can watch on TV regionally on Sportsnet West 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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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Coyotes

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers host the Boston Bruins

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers take on the Arizona Coyotes tonight at Rogers Place.

You can watch on TV on Sportsnet Oilers or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED.

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

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GAME STORY: Oilers 4, Bruins 2

Ryan Strome's goal early in the third period the difference in 4-2 Oilers win at Boston

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

BOSTON, MA -- Adam Larsson, Leon Draisaitl, Patrick Maroon and Ryan Strome, who broke a 2-2 deadlock early in the third period, tallied for the Oilers as they ended a five-game road trip with a solid 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Sunday afternoon.

Video: OILERS TODAY | @ Bruins Post-Game

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Bruins

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers visit the Boston Bruins

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers visit the Boston Bruins tonight at TD Garden.

You can watch on TV across Canada on Sportsnet 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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In Depth: The Battle

An in-depth look at the history of the Battle of Alberta

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

"The thing that fascinates me the most, is none of us got killed."

Long-time Calgary Flames forward Jim Peplinski summarized the Oilers-Flames rivalry with a single sentence.

If you ask anyone in hockey, one of the most interesting and oftentimes bitter rivalries of all time has to be the Battle of Alberta.

"If we walked out after the game or before the game and saw one of the opposition, you'd go the other way. You didn't even want to see them," said Kevin Lowe, who suited up for the Oilers from 1979 through 1992 and then again from 1996 to 1998. "And they felt the same way about us."

 

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Bruins

Oilers wrap up a five-game road trip with a late Sunday afternoon clash in Boston

by Marc Ciampa & Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers complete a five-game road trip on Sunday in Boston at the TD Garden. 

Game time is 3:00 p.m. MST and it can be seen across Canada on Sportsnet or heard on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | @ Bruins Pre-Game

Read our game preview and Pre-Game Report below including videos, line combinations and more. 

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BLOG: Oilers practice in Boston on Saturday

The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Boston on Saturday. Get line combinations and more.

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers are in Boston and on the ice for practice at Boston University. 

Oscar Klefbom is back on the ice after missing Friday's game due to an illness. 

Lines are:

Lucic - McDavid - Cammalleri
Maroon - RNH - Slepyshev
Caggiula - Draisaitl - Strome
Pakarinen - Letestu - Kassian

Tweet from @Bob_Stauffer: Fyi..Puljujarvi rotating through Draisaitl group and Khaira is not on the ice today https://t.co/Z3jcl9PMUm

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BLOG: Slepyshev, Klefbom likely to return

Coach McLellan gave an update on the status of Anton Slepyshev, Oscar Klefbom, Jujhar Khaira and Cam Talbot

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers did get some good news on Saturday as Anton Slepyshev skated on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Pat Maroon and looked ready to go tomorrow. 

"During practice (Slepyshev) looked quite healthy and had some jump in his stride," said McLellan, adding that the timing works well consider Jujhar Khaira is potentially out with a lower body injury. 

"We'll see how he is tomorrow but he's very doubtful," McLellan said about Khaira, who didn't skate.

Slepyshev said that he was happy to be getting back on the ice after missing seven games. 

"I feel good. I skated 10 days and that's helped my groin. Now I feel good and I'm ready to come back."

Video: PRE-GAME RAW | Anton Slepyshev

He added that he felt the groin injury came as a result of overcompensation for the ankle injury which kept him out of camp. He said he hopes to return to the form he had the two games prior to injury. 

"I had confidence after my last two games. I need to get back as soon as possible," he said. "I felt confident and I felt the coaches believe in me. That's what I need to get back as soon as possible."

Oscar Klefbom also returned after missing Friday's game due to illness. 

"Klef is feeling better today. He obviously skated and if he is healthy, he'll play," McLellan remarked. 

The Oilers bench boss added that Cam Talbot isn't quite 100% although the goaltender did practice and could have played Friday if called upon. 

"He's still not 100% today. Klef probably got better quicker than Talbs did. He could have come in and played, obviously, but it wasn't anything we wanted to do. We didn't think it would help him improve.

"If Cam feels good, he'll get the start tomorrow."

 Video: PRE-GAME RAW | Todd McLellan

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BLOG: Draisaitl moving to the middle

Coach McLellan talks about shifting Draisaitl to centre and why tomorrow will be the first game this season he has done so

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers lines at Saturday's practice at Boston University had Leon Draisaitl skating in the middle between Drake Caggiula and Ryan Strome. It would be the first game this season Draisaitl played centre. 

"We're not getting enough out of players. Whether that's Leon and the centres or the wingers so we've got to try something else," said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan after practice, noting that Draisaitl will be in the middle to begin the game on Sunday but he reserved the right to shuffle things up if needed. 

"You have to skate there and it might cut back some of the minutes for our other centremen and maybe that'll give them some more energy."

Draisaitl agreed with the coach's assessment.

"I don't really care. Right now it's just a matter of getting my game back together. It's not even close to being good enough right now," Draisaitl began. "There shouldn't be a huge difference but I think you have to do a little bit more skating at centre. It's just a matter of for myself getting my game back together."

Video: PRE-GAME RAW | Leon Draisaitl

McLellan said the reason he's had Draisaitl on the wing for so long is because the line was so good last season. 

"Last year, Connor and Leon created the best duo -- and along with Patty Maroon, the top line in the League. They were comparable to what the Schenn line is doing (this season) in St. Louis so we wanted to start there," he stated, adding he also didn't want to push Ryan Nugent-Hopkins down the lineup.

"My opinion, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been a very good player for us (this season). He's had some average nights but what are we, 23 or 24 games in and it's hard to play perfect every night but he's played extremely well."

McLellan also said he felt Ryan Strome has played better at centre so that was another reason. 

"We're not as productive as we need to so we're going to put Strome on the wing and put Leon back in the middle."

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GAME STORY: Sabres 3, Oilers 1

Laurent Brossoit stopped 28 of 30 shots but it wasn't enough as the Oilers fell 3-1 to Buffalo on Friday night

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

BUFFALO, NY -- Laurent Brossoit stopped 28 of 30 shots but it wasn't enough as the Oilers allowed a goal late in the second period and another two in the third en route to a 3-1 loss in Buffalo on Friday night. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | @ Sabres Post-Game

 

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