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PREVIEW: Oilers vs. Canucks

The Oilers host the Canucks tonight at Rogers Place. Keep up to date with the Game Preview then watch the game live on EdmontonOilers.com at 7:00 PM

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers face the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Rogers Place. 

You can watch tonight's game on EdmontonOilers.com within the Oilers Region (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories). Listen to the game on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Check back following Oilers morning skate for lineups of each team and a full pre-game report. 

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BLOG: Slepyshev nearing a return

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - Anton Slepyshev hurt his ankle during off-season training, but there was a good sign Friday as he took the ice with Group A.

The 23-year-old winger says he's feeling "80 percent" and that he should be good in a few days. He's hopeful he can get a few pre-season games of action before the season begins.

Video: INJURY UPDATE | Anton Slepyshev

"I hope so, but it depends on what the doctors say to me and whether I'm ready or not," he said. "We'll see, but I hope so."

Slepyshev played 41 games for the Oilers last season, recording four goals and six assists. The winger also played 12 playoff games, scoring three goals. He figured to take on a big role with the club this season, but the injury has been a set back.

"I think now in camp, everyone has had an opportunity so I just want to play and again show the coaching staff what I can do and how I can help the team," Slepyshev said. "It happens, so I have to (get my ankle healthy) and get ready to play."

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FEATURE: Fourth line showing flair

Jujhar Khaira, Zack Kassian and Mark Letestu believe they stack up against any other fourth line in the National Hockey League

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - "I call him The Wizard." 

Zack Kassian said in the Oilers Dressing Room on Thursday.

The forward wasn't referencing the non-fiction literature characters who conjure spells. He wasn't referring to enchanters Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings' Gandalf. There was nothing sinister of his comment regarding Mark Letestu, the player of topic who serves as the artisan of the Oilers fourth line, which also features Jujhar Khaira and Kassian himself.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Making His Mark

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BLOG: Fan support still sinking in for Kassian

Energizing winger appreciates fans' reception to him and fellow teammates

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Formerly labelled with having a menacing reputation around the League, Zack Kassian no longer wonders how he is received in Alberta's capital city.

The beloved Oilers forward heard his name reverberate through Rogers Place in the post-season last year and became one of Oil Country's treasured players. 

Locked into a three-year contract extension he inked in the off-season, Kassian's reception from the Oilers faithful still hasn't sunk in and he likes to think the love is spread throughout the dressing room.

Video: RAW | Zack Kassian

"I know the fans appreciate the way I play which is nice but there's a lot of good players in here," Kassian said on Thursday. "All the Oilers fans love the Oilers, there's not just one particular guy."

Kassian is no stranger to fan engagement. He was part of a special season seat holder jersey surprise for 19-year-old Jackie Buzak, a long-time season seat holder enduring a medical battle. The winger also helped produce the Seventh Man Celebration, one of the best goal reactions of 2016-17 when he linked up with fan Brad Ferguson in Game 6 of Round 2 of the playoffs.

"It's definitely nice knowing you're welcomed as a player but I think that's just the passion Edmonton Oilers fans have for the players," he said.

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RELEASE: Oilers reduce camp roster

The Edmonton Oilers have reduced their training camp roster by 13 today

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have reduced their training camp roster by 13 today. The following players have been assigned to the Bakersfield Condors (AHL):

Ethan Bear

Ben Betker

Greg Chase

Braden Christoffer

Joseph Gambardella

Ziyat Paigin

Kyle Platzer

Shane Starrett

In addition, the following players have been released from their tryout contracts:

Chad Butcher (ATO)

Josh Currie (PTO)

Ryan Hamilton (PTO)

Zach O'Brien (PTO)

Evan Polei (ATO)

The Oilers roster now sits at 42 players (4 goalies, 14 defenceman and 24 forwards).

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BLOG: Khaira on why he chose No. 16

"My favourite number is 11 but that's retired and there's no questions asked there," said the forward

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers forward Jujhar Khaira will sport No. 16 this season.

The 23-year-old explained his decision to go with the new digits.

"It was the first number I ever wore playing hockey," Khaira said, later elaborating.

Video: RAW | Jujhar Khaira

"My favourite number is 11 but obviously, that's retired (Mark Messier) and there's no questions asked there; it rightfully should be," he continued.

"I wore 16 in Prince George (Spruce Kings) and decided to bring it back."

The last Oilers player to wear No. 16 was Teddy Purcell. Eleven other former Oilers have worn the number: Jarret Stoll, Mike York, Colin Fraser, Rem Murray, Darcy Hordichuk, Ryan Potulny, Kelly Buchberger, Selmar Odelein, Pat Hughes, Bobby Schmautz and Dan Newman.

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GENE'S BLOG: Advantage Edmonton

Penalty enforcement could favour the Oilers in 2017-18, Sportsnet's Gene Principe says

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - This past weekend I split my time between Edmonton Oilers camp and the Davis Cup. It was off to Rogers Place for hockey and then Northlands Coliseum for tennis. Apparently, I wasn't the only one as I spotted Darnell Nurse and Connor McDavid courtside at Dennis Shapovalov's match on Friday night.

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BLOG: Thursday practice updates 09/21

The Oilers are on the ice at Rogers Place following their 4-1 rout over the Winnipeg Jets

by EdmontonOilers.com Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers skated at Rogers Place Thursday after defeating the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 at Bell MTS Place on Wednesday.

Stay tuned for news, notes, lines and more.

Lines at the skate are:

Maroon - McDavid - Strome

Lucic - Draisaitl - Caggiula

Jokinen - Nugent-Hopkins - Puljujarvi

Khaira - Letestu - Kassian

Pakarinen - Kelly - Yamamoto

Video: OILERS TODAY | Making His Mark

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Jets 9/20

Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Jets in Winnipeg

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

WINNIPEG, MB - The Oilers face off against the Jets in Winnipeg tonight in an exhibition showdown.

You can watch tonight's game on EdmontonOilers.com within the Oilers Region (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories) --- CLICK HERE

Or you can watch televised across North America on NHL Centre Ice and online at NHL.TV -- CLICK HERE.

You can listen to the game on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network. 

Follow our live in-game blog for regular updates, highlights, photos, commentary and more! 

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PREVIEW: Oilers at Jets

The Oilers hit the road for a pre-season stop in Winnipeg

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers face off in a pre-season contest in Winnipeg tonight looking to build on the two wins on Monday against the Flames. 

You can watch tonight's game on EdmontonOilers.com within the Oilers Region (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories) or televised across North America on NHL Centre Ice and online at NHL.TV. You can listen to the game on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network. 

Check back following Oilers morning skate for lineups of each team and a full pre-game report. 

Video: OILERS TODAY @ Jets Pre-Game

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