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IN DEPTH: Bench Brothers

In our latest Sunday In Depth read more about Oilers Assistant Coach Jay Woodcroft, his hockey family and coaching influences

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

"Our family is a hockey family, in the truest Canadian definition of the term."

The scouting report on the three Woodcroft brothers varies with their differing personalities.

Craig - the oldest - is intense, serious and detail oriented. Todd, the middle brother, is intelligent and quick witted. Jay is funny and also highly intelligent, as well as meticulous. They all share several traits - as is the case with most siblings - including the well-deserved label of being hard working. The latter is what the Woodcroft family is known for.

Perhaps more than anything, all three share their passion for hockey.

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GAME STORY: Flyers 2, Oilers 1

In a tight battle, the Flyers come out on top with a 2-1 victory over the Oilers in Philadelphia

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

PHILADELPHIA, PA - In a tight game, Wayne Simmonds' third-period tally proved to be the difference as the Oilers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers. 

"That was a pretty evenly played game," said Head Coach Todd McLellan. "Both teams checked pretty hard I thought and there wasn't a lot of free ice to get creative. I thought we were a little bit slow out of the gate and then kind of found our legs as we got going. We made one more mistake than they did and they got one on the power play and we didn't… That's probably the difference in the night."

Video: OILERS TODAY | @ Flyers Post-Game

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Flyers

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

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

The Oilers take on the Flyers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

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

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

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Flyers

The Oilers meet the Philadelphia Flyers in an early game on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center

by Chris Wescott & Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers head to Wells Fargo Center to continue their three-game road trip against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | @ Flyers Pre-Game

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BLOG: Nugent-Hopkins' impact felt

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is off to a good start to the 2017-18 campaign, though he doesn't always get credit for the small stuff he does. The 24-year-old centre has two goals and an assist in six games this season, but his impact is felt in other ways as well.

Nugent-Hopkins worked on getting his faceoff percentage up and so far he's done just that, winning some important draws too. He's won 56.18% of the faceoffs he's taken.

"In the faceoff dot, he's been much better this year than he was last year," said Head Coach Todd McLellan. "I don't know if the new rules are helping him or if he's effectively applied some change to his faceoff technique. He's been better. He won big faceoffs last night on the power play and allowed us to keep pucks in the zone."

"The past few games I've been feeling pretty good, just bearing down a little more I guess," said Nugent-Hopkins. "I had one bad game against Winnipeg, maybe. Since then I've tried to rebound a little bit and get over 50%. That's definitely a big goal of mine and something I've been working on for years. I'm just going to keep working on it."

In addition to faceoffs, Nugent-Hopkins has been effective in other ways as well, ways you don't necessarily measure with a stat or a number.

"The affect Nuge can have on the game isn't always evaluated with goals, assists and points," said McLellan. "You don't happen to get anything in the stats for breaking up a rush or back-checking or running interference on a pass through the slot… picking a pass off on the penalty kill.

"When you watch the game, you review it and his teammates see him do it, it's noticed and appreciated."

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ROAD REPORT: Oilers practice in Philadelphia

The Oilers practiced in a unique venue in Philadelphia ahead of their game against the Flyers

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Friday brought with it a trip to a unique practice venue.

The Oilers headed out to Penn Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena in Philly. The old University of Pennsylvania rink was funded in 1968 by a group called the "Friends of Pennsylvania Hockey" and the Class of 1923. The facility was completed in 1972.

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BLOG: Oilers practice at Penn Ice Rink

Updates from Oilers practice at Penn Ice Rink in Philadelphia

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Oilers took to the ice at Penn Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena in Philadelphia.

Both Leon Draisaitl and Drake Caggiula are participating again. Draisaitl is in dark blue with the top lines, Drake is in white.

Stay tuned for more updates from the practice.

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GENE'S BLOG: Eriely Familiar

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about the connection Connor McDavid has with his old junior town in every stop along this three-game road trip

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

It must feel like old home week for Connor McDavid even though he's not anywhere near Toronto or his hometown of Newmarket. Instead, he and the Edmonton Oilers are weaving their way through a tough road trip that started out Thursday night with a thriller. A 2-1 OT win over Chicago. The opener of a tough three-game road trip that takes the team to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Along the way, every stop has a connection through players or proximity to where Connor played his junior hockey. 

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GAME STORY: Oilers 2, Blackhawks 1 OT

Mark Letestu scores the overtime winner as Edmonton beats Chicago 2-1

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

CHICAGO, IL - Mark Letestu's one-timer beat goaltender Anton Forsberg with 15.8 seconds left in overtime to lift the Oilers past the Blackhawks 2-1.

 "(The win) came in a tough building against a good team," said Letestu, whose goal snapped a four-game losing streak. "I thought we played the whole game. We were pretty structured. We gave up our chances, but the goaltender was there. Guys made some big blocks. We felt more like ourselves. We got a result tonight, which is nice."

Video: OILERS TODAY | @ Blackhawks Post-Game

 

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LIVE GAME BLOG: Oilers at Blackhawks

Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

The Oilers take on the Blackhawks tonight in Chicago.

You can watch on TV on Sportsnet One 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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