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GAME STORY: Oilers 5, Jets 4 (OT)

Connor McDavid leads the Oilers three-goal comeback with four points and Darnell Nurse finishes it in OT as the Oilers defeat the Jets 5-4

by Paul Gazzola /

WINNIPEG, MB - Passengers: there's been a change in plans.

The Oilers erased a 4-1 third-period deficit against the Jets on Tuesday at Bell MTS Place, snapping the home team's 11-game home win streak with a 5-4 overtime win.

Connor McDavid netted two goals and two assists while Darnell Nurse finished the game in overtime after dancing within Winnipeg's zone and rifling the puck short side on Connor Hellebuyck.

Video: EDM@WPG: Nurse bypasses the defense, scores OT winner

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Jets

Get regular updates, highlights and more as the Oilers take on the Jets at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg

by Paul Gazzola /

The Oilers take on the Jets tonight at Bell MTS Place.

You can watch on TV on Sportsnet Oilers 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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The Oilers wrap up their four-game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets

by Paul Gazzola and Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers wrap up their season-opening four-game road trip tonight with a game against the Winnipeg Jets. 

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

Read the full game preview below with lineup updates, videos, our morning skate report and more to come. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at WPG 10.16.18

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Sportsnet #BrightestStars Showdown Week 1

In Week 1 of Sportsnet #BrightestStars, it's Leon Draisaitl up against Connor McDavid

by Staff /

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 1 | Draisaitl vs. McDavid

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BLOG: Caggiula injecting tenacity

The 24-year-old forward is elevating his intensity in the Oilers lineup after adjusting to feedback and having his start to the season hindered by illness.

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - Forward Drake Caggiula is making up for lost time following his first two games of the season after illness played a role in derailing his start during training camp and the Oilers subsequent trip Europe.

After sitting out against the New Jersey Devils in Gothenburg, Sweden during the Oilers season opener, the 24-year-old rejoined the roster and injected a tenacity into the team to great effect in appearances against the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.

Video: RAW | Drake Caggiula 10.15.18

"Any time you're not in the lineup you want to find a way back in," Caggiula said from the Oilers locker room Monday afternoon. "Once you get in, you want to make sure you make the most of your opportunity. I thought my first game against Boston I played with a lot of energy and passion with that feisty, walking-the-line style of play. I like to play like that and when I'm playing at my best that's how I'm playing, so I think I carried it over well to New York and it allowed me to create more offence for myself.

"I have to make sure I bring that same energy and passion every game."

Caggiula is averaging 11:18 of ice time after two games, recently playing in an elevated third-line role on the left wing beside centre Ryan Strome and Jesse Puljujarvi. Head Coach Todd McLellan is noticing the forward's extra intensity in approach early this campaign after making adjustments from the coaching staff's feedback.

"In fairness to Drake his camp was stalled right off the bat by being sick," McLellan said. "It took him a while to get back, and when he did I'm not sure he went after it the way he needed to.

"There's a significant difference in his feistiness and his ability to check, create plays, and open space for himself and his teammates in the last two games. He took the message and he delivered on his behalf and our team is better for it."

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BLOG: A short but welcomed homecoming

The Oilers returned home Saturday night for a day of much-needed home time after more than two consecutive weeks on the road.

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - "It's always nice to spend extra time in New York, but we were pretty burnt out," Oilers forward Milan Lucic said on Monday morning at Rogers Place.

More than two-straight weeks on the road, two trips plus change across the Atlantic Ocean, an exhibition game in Germany and three regular-season stops in Gothenburg, Boston, and New York can do that to you.

The Oilers technically continue their four-game road trip in Winnipeg against the Jets on Tuesday night, but a quick one-day pitstop in Edmonton to visit family and recharge the batteries was long overdue. The Oilers returned home Saturday night after earning their first win of the season in their matinee 2-1 victory over the Rangers.

"It's good to be home and get into a new change of clothes, get your laundry done and have a nice home-cooked meal," Lucic added. "The guys with kids got to spend the whole day with them yesterday, so it was a good day to get re-energized and refocused going into this stretch we have starting tomorrow."

The opportunity to bond as a team, alternatively, served as a positive for an Oilers team that spend the better part of half a month together on the road in Germany, Sweden, and the east coast United States.

"It was nice to be able to spend time on the road - I think we had about six team dinners which is a great thing if you ask me," Lucic said. "We were able to spend all that time together, but it was nice to have some alone time and nice to spend some time at your own home with your family."

Video: RAW | Milan Lucic 10.15.18

The decision to return home during their long road trip was a decision made after receiving the schedule earlier in the off-season.

"I think that was a smart decision on our behalf to come home and use the day to get organized and regroup," McLellan said. "We haven't skated in our building since we played Calgary two-and-a-bit weeks ago, but the road trip continues.

"The building we're going into is not an easy place to play, so we've got a tough task ahead of us. We've got that game, then we'll worry about what happens here at home."

Completing such a long travel stretch and only having three regular season games to show for it boils down to early adversity this season for the Oilers, says captain Connor McDavid.

 "It's been a long, long half-month and that's a long road trip just to play three meaningful games. You're kind of waiting around and it just drags on," McDavid said. "Ultimately it was a good experience playing in Europe, but we look forward to getting back at it."

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RELEASE: Lil' Oilers expands for third season

An additional 100 spots to be offered in Grande Prairie, lottery opens Thursday, November 1, 2018

by Press Release /

(Edmonton, AB) - After two successful seasons, Lil' Oilers, a Learn to Play initiative developed in collaboration with the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), will expand going into its third year. In addition to the 350 spots available to children in Edmonton, the program will expand to Grande Prairie, AB to offer 100 spots to children in the area, aged four to eight.

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GENE'S BLOG: Boys of Winter and Summer

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about a recent trip by some Oilers players to Fenway Park

by Gene Principe / Special to

It was a beautiful Boston day and the Edmonton Oilers had a mandated CBA day off. They were still trying to figure out where they were and how they were feeling after a Sunday afternoon arrival from their European business trip. Monday, they skated and tried to shake off some of the six-hour time difference. Then Tuesday arrived and other than sleep, rest and figuring out their body clocks, the team had the day to themselves. What to do, what to do, what to do. Five Oilers: Ryan Strome, Connor McDavid, Matt Benning, Cam Talbot and Drake Caggiula decided they wanted to check out Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.

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GAME STORY: Oilers 2, Rangers 1

Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid each had a goal and an assist and Talbot stopped 23 shots as Oilers defeated the Rangers 2-1

by Marc Ciampa /

NEW YORK, NY -- Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal and an assist to lead the Oilers to their first win of the season, a convincing 2-1 victory at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. 

Cam Talbot stopped 23 of 24 shots to earn the victory between the pipes for the Oilers. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | 2-1 win vs NY 10.13.18

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Rangers

Get regular updates, highlights and more as the Oilers take on the Rangers at Madison Square Garden

by Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers take on the Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden.

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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