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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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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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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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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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FUTURE WATCH: Skyler Brind'Amour

Oilers 2017 sixth-round selection Skyler Brind'Amour speaks about his season so far with the Chilliwack Chiefs and the influence of his dad Rod

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - EdmontonOilers.com caught up with 2017 sixth round selection Skyler Brind'Amour to talk about his season with the Chilliwack Chiefs and the influence of his father Rod Brind'Amour, a Carolina Hurricanes Assistant Coach.

Video: MINORS MINUTE | Two named to Canada-Russia Series

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RELEASE: Oilers to host NHL Centennial Fan Arena November 3-5

League's Year-Long Centennial Celebration to take place on former Baccarat lot

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers are gearing up to host the NHL Centennial Fan Arena from November 3-5 on the former Baccarat lot next to Rogers Place. A main pillar of the League's year-long centennial celebration, hockey fans are invited to check out the free interactive experience honouring players, teams and moments from the past 100 years, including the special opportunity to see the Stanley Cup. 

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BLOG: Oilers updates 10/18

The Oilers held a media availability Wednesday at Rogers Place before departing for their three-game road trip

by EdmontonOilers.com Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers held a media availability Wednesday at Rogers Place before departing for Chicago to commence a three-game road trip.

Video: PRACTICE | Wednesday At Rogers Place

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GAME STORY: Hurricanes 5, Oilers 3

The Oilers got close in the third period but were unable to weather the Hurricanes' storm, who got a four-point effort from Jordan Staal to help defeat Edmonton 5-3

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - You could hear the wind blowing from outside Rogers Place but it was the Carolina Hurricanes on the ice that defeated Edmonton Tuesday night.

Ryan Strome scored his first as an Oiler and added an assist but Jordan Staal's four-point flurry helped blow the Oilers over by a score of 5-3. Edmonton now falls to 1-4 on the season.

Video: OILERS TODAY | vs Hurricanes Post-Game

 

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Sportsnet #BrightestStars Showdown Week 2

In Week 2 of Sportsnet Brightest Stars Showdown, it's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins up against Leon Draisaitl

by EdmontonOilers.com 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.

For your chance to win two tickets to Rogers Place when the Oilers take on the Vegas Golden Knights on April 5, cast your vote. Those who win will get two tickets to the game, as well as complimentary food and beverage.

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.

Last week Connor McDavid's speedy goal against the Flames won. Oilers TV's Chris Wescott gives you the two highlights for Week 2.

Video: WEEK 2 | RNH vs. Draisaitl

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FEATURE: Yamamoto playing well around the net

Rookie Kailer Yamamoto played well in front of the net in the Oilers loss to Ottawa and was one of the team's better players

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - Kailer Yamamoto probably could have had his first NHL goal Saturday night, but settled for his first point - a secondary assist on Adam Larsson's third-period tally.

The rookie first-round pick was buzzing around the Ottawa Senators net. Playing with Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon, Yamamoto was one of the team's best players in an otherwise rough night.

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IN DEPTH: Encore

Check out our latest EdmontonOilers.com Sunday In Depth

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

In our latest Sunday In Depth read more about anthem singer Robert Clark's journey to his position and the epic playoff salute to the late Paul Lorieau.

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GAME STORY: Senators 6, Oilers 1

Kailer Yamamoto registered his first career NHL point but three-point efforts from Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris pushed the Sens past the Oilers by a score of 6-1

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Kailer Yamamoto registered his first career NHL point but three-point efforts from Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris pushed the Sens past the Oilers by a score of 6-1. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | vs Senators Post-Game

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TAIT: Setting the example

Al Hamilton Scholarship recipients honoured earlier this week

by Cam Tait / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - At the beginning of the 2001 Edmonton Oilers season, Al Hamilton stood near centre ice of Northlands Coliseum and watched with pride as his number 3 jersey was retired, marked by a banner that made its celebrated journey to the rafters. It took its well-deserved place as the first Edmonton Oilers jersey number to be hung in the storied arena. Hamilton probably had hundreds of thousands of memories racing through his mind of his days as a rugged defenceman known for his uncanny leadership.

But then, as he strolled off the ice to revered applause, the man widely known as "Hammy" started another chapter in his hockey career, opening its first page the same way he played the game: always looking ahead. Making things happen.

The Al Hamilton trademark.

Video: COMMUNITY | Al Hamilton Scholarship

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FUTURE WATCH: Maksimov

EdmontonOilers.com caught up with 2017 fifth-round draft pick Kirill Maksimov for a brief update

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It was a long summer for Niagara IceDogs forward Kirill Maksimov. The Russian winger was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round (146-overall) at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, then joined fellow Oilers prospects at Development Camp in Jasper, AB, in July where the forward got acquainted with many of the franchise's future hopefuls. In September, Maksimov suited up in the 2017 Young Stars Classic. The club ended the tournament a perfect 3-0-0 to win the circuit for the fourth year in a row and Maksimov had a major hand in that, having scored an amazing individual effort overtime tally to beat the Canucks 5-4 in overtime.

Last season, Maksimov posted 15 goals and seven assists in 29 games with the IceDogs. The skater is now back with the team and already off to a hot start registering three goals and four assists in five games to begin the campaign.

EdmontonOilers.com caught up with Maksimov for a brief update.

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