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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 / 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.

It has played host to numerous levels of hockey, as well as concerts and events. The facility seats 2,900. It's old, and it's cold but definitely has a lot of character.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Friday practice at UPenn! #LetsGoOilers

In another odd twist to the day, the Oilers dressed at Wells Fargo Center then bussed to Penn Ice Rink and then bussed back in full gear to the main arena after the skate to get changed.


After participating with the team at morning skate Thursday in Chicago, both Leon Draisaitl and Drake Caggiula were again on the ice. It's another good sign as they close in on a return.

Tweet from @EdmontonJack: Draisaitl won't play tomorrow.

Draisaitl told the media after the skate he is not playing tomorrow against the Flyers. One of the next steps for him before he returns will be contact drills in practice.


The Oilers didn't spend a lot of time at Penn Ice Rink so they made quick work of practice, jumping right into some drills that got the blood pumping. The team didn't run any line rushes, working primarily with pairs of forwards and rotating defence.


Before the Oilers played the Blackhawks last night, Todd McLellan said defenceman Matt Benning would likely be ready to play in Philadelphia. The blueliner skated again Friday after dealing with an illness, but is now healthy.

"Matt Benning skated today, I asked him after how he felt and he said his energy level is good and where it needs to be," said McLellan. "We declare him healthy now."

We'll see tomorrow if he makes a return.

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