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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Canucks

The Oilers hit the road for a match against the Vancouver Canucks

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers are on the road for a match against the Vancouver Canucks.

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at VAN 01.16.19

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FUTURE WATCH: Minors Momentum

There's been plenty of movement around the AHL, ECHL and CHL for Oilers prospects with schedules becoming congested in January

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Across the many leagues and teams where Oilers prospects are taking their reps, it's getting to the congested period of their 2018-19 seasons.

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BLOG: Oilers claim Colby Cave from Boston

Forward had one goal and five points in 20 outings with the Bruins in 2018-19

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have claimed forward Colby Cave from the Boston Bruins, the team announced on Tuesday.

Cave, 24, has one goal and five points in 20 games this season with the Bruins. 

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: The #Oilers have claimed Colby Cave off waivers from Boston. The 24-year-old forward has scored 1 goal & 4 assists in 23 career @NHL games. pic.twitter.com/KmRNxD9bhY

The undrafted forward compiled 43 goals and 115 points in 239 career American Hockey League games, all with the Providence Bruins. 

Cave also spent five seasons with the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos during his junior career, recording 95 goals and 202 points in 287 matches.

According to Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock, Cave will play centre tomorrow for the team which will shift Jujhar Khaira over to the wing. 

Cave will wear number 12 for the Oilers.  

Read the full press release below:

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BLOG: Nugent-Hopkins, Lucic building chemistry

Three of Edmonton's seven goals on Monday had both players on the ice

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers look to have the makings of a solid offensive tandem in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic if the duo can continue to build off Monday's performance. 

In that game, they struck for three goals in total with Lucic scoring twice and Nugent-Hopkins netting one. 

"I've had a chance to play a lot with Nuge over the last two-and-a-half years and as we've gone on, we've found more chemistry. I think when I first got here, he paid a lot more attention to improving his defensive game and it took a bit away from his offence and I think last year and this year he's been able to combine both of them," said Lucic. 

"He's a big part of this team and being able to find chemistry with a player like him has been fun to do. Whether he's centring a line or playing the wing with Connor, he's a guy we need if we want to go to where we want to be at the end of the year."

They almost teamed for another late in the game on a two-on-one. The best play was probably for Nugent-Hopkins to shoot but he tried to pass and get Lucic the hat trick. 

"It's too bad, the Buffalo player for my sake made such a great play on the back check there to take that two-on-one away."

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BLOG: Teammates pumped for Lucic's success

With three goals in his last four games, Milan Lucic is starting to heat up

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

Milan Lucic netted two goals in the team's 7-2 win over the Sabres on Monday. After the game, Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock said that his recent success was a byproduct of the way he's been playing as of late. 

This is five games in a row where he's been like this. He's really playing well," Hitchcock began. "He looks like the player for me that was around two or three years ago. He's got speed, he's got tempo in his game at both ends of the rink, and he's able to pressure and control the boards making quick decisions... It's good that he's scoring, but it's just the end product for how well he's playing."

Lucic said that Hitchcock has helped him immensely as he's tried to work his way through the slump. 

"He's always pumped me up and said a lot of positive things to me," Lucic noted. "Even in our one-on-one meetings, it's been critical at times but it's been good criticism. It's been positive criticism. That's something that I think I've always thrived on. Just got to find a way to keep that going."

On Tuesday after practice prior to departing for Vancouver, Leon Draisaitl added that teammates are pumped to see how well he's been playing. 

"It's exciting. We can all agree it hasn't gone his way, especially 2018. He's never gotten down on himself. He always comes to the rink with a smile. It's nice to see him get rewarded for being patient and sticking with it." 

Draisaitl added that the stretch his teammate went through was a difficult one and that's understood by everyone in that room. 

"I don't think people understand how hard that is sometimes, when you're supposed to score and you're not. It's not easy but he was really good with it. I think it was nice to see. He had those same chances pretty much the whole year of 2018, they just wouldn't go in for him. Last night was huge for him and huge for us.

"It's the mindset, too. He set his mind on 2019 to have a different year and produce more. So far, he's been really really good for us. He's playing some really good hockey for us."

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BLOG: Oilers ready for big test against Vancouver

After a 7-2 win over the Sabres, Oilers look to win consecutive games for the first time since December 11

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers defeated the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night by a score of 7-2 and in the process, they moved into a four-way tie for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

The win saw contributions from up and down the lineup which has been a rare feat this season. Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian each notched a pair of goals to help lead the way. 

"We capitalized on our chances. We struggled with it a little this season but we had different guys contribute," said Leon Draisaitl, who also had a goal. "The first period was all our third and fourth line. They did all the scoring and it was great to see."

Kailer Yamamoto said it was great to see contributions from the bottom part of the lineup. 

"Especially having Kass and Lucic score, they've been battling hard for the team," Yamamoto stated. "To get two goals each for the team it really shows a lot."

Lucic added that the team needs to continue their strong play against the Canucks, who are one of the teams tied for that last playoff spot. 

"The main thing is we found a way to win the game and that's got to be the mindset going into tomorrow as well. Doing what you can to find a way to win the game. This is a time of year where we need to string a few wins together, especially with four games before the break."

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BLOG: News, videos from Tuesday including a Yamamoto update

The Oilers skated at Rogers Place before departing for Vancouver on Tuesday

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers skated at Rogers Place for practice on Tuesday.

The club later departed for Vancouver ahead of their match with the Canucks on Wednesday.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Yamamoto May Go

Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock met informally with the media after practice. Hitchcock stated that Mikko Koskinen will get the start in goal on Wednesday in Vancouver and Colby Cave, acquired off waivers this morning from Boston, will meet the team in Vancouver and play centre tomorrow night, moving Jujhar Khaira back to the wing. 

Hitchcock added that Kailer Yamamoto is a possibility to return to the lineup as well. 

"I feel really good. Hopefully I'll get in the lineup tomorrow," Yamamoto said, adding that it's been difficult to miss the last seven games. 

"It's tough. You want to be out there every game fighting for the guys but just taking it slow to get healthy again. That's the main thing I've been focusing on.

"I feel like I can jump right in. They have a lot of confidence in me."

Video: RAW | Milan Lucic 01.15.19

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Video: INJURY UPDATE | Kailer Yamamoto 01.15.19

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Sabres

Get regular updates, highlights and more as the Oilers host the Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Place

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers take on the Sabres tonight at Rogers Place.

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

Read below for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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GAME STORY: Oilers 7, Sabres 2

The Oilers score three goals in 1:55 to open the game, with Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian recording two goals each as the Oilers routed the Buffalo Sabres 7-2 on Monday night.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - We hope you arrived on time for this one.

The Oilers scored three goals in a span of 1:55 inside the first five minutes of the first period before coasting to a commanding 7-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Place on Monday, closing out a three-game home stand with an emphatic victory.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game vs BUF 01.14.19

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Sportsnet #BrightestStars Showdown Week 14

In Week 14 of Sportsnet #BrightestStars, Connor McDavid's timely goal goes up against Kris Russell's second of the season

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

Sportsnet #BrightestStars Showdown is back for another season, pitting the week's biggest plays and players head to head to allow fans to decide on the winner.

To vote, visit the official Oilers Twitter and Facebook accounts. On Twitter, RETWEET the Oilers #BrightestStars post for one highlight or hit LIKE for the other. On Facebook, simply COMMENT with your selection.

Video: Week 14 | McDavid vs Russell

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