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BLOG: Oilers return to practice after road trip

Edmonton back on the ice at Rogers Place as one of four unbeaten teams remaining in the NHL

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers are back on the ice at Rogers Place on Monday after back-to-back road wins over Arizona and Vegas followed by a weekend of team-building activities.

The team is gearing up for a home matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, looking to extend their winning streak to six games to start the 2021-22 season.

Video: PRACTICE | Homecoming

Here's how the team deployed their forward lines and defence pairings at practice:

Forwards

Hyman - McDavid - Puljujarvi
RNH - Draisaitl - Yamamoto
Foegele - Ryan - Kassian
Perlini - Shore - Turris
Benson - Sceviour

Defence

Nurse - Bouchard
Keith - Ceci
Koekkoek/Russell - Barrie

Goalies

Koskinen
Skinner

Goaltender Mike Smith remains on injured reserve but was on the ice in a track suit prior to the start of Monday's practice, assisting with the pre-skate reps for Mikko Koskinen and Stuart Skinner. Head Coach Dave Tippett said after practice Smith is unlikely to return to the crease Wednesday but could be back for Saturday's road game against Vancouver.

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    RELEASE: McDavid named NHL's Second Star of the Week

    Oilers captain collects three goals and five assists in three games to take over top spot in league scoring with 13 points

    by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

    EDMONTON, AB - Oilers captain Connor McDavid has been selected as the NHL's Second Star of the Week after scoring three goals and five assists in three games.

    McDavid tallied once and picked up a pair of helpers during Edmonton's 6-5 win over Anaheim at home last Tuesday, scored twice with one assist during the 5-1 road drubbing over Arizona on Thursday, and chipped in with a pair of helpers during the 5-3 decision in Vegas on Saturday.

    He hit the 200-goal milestone for his career in the win over the Coyotes. Among players to make their NHL debut with Edmonton, only three required fewer games than McDavid (411 GP) to reach the 200-goal mark with the franchise: Wayne Gretzky (242), Jari Kurri (328) and Glenn Anderson (348). 

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    The league's leading scorer and most valuable player from last season has picked up right where he left off, setting the pace with six goals and seven assists through five games.

    McDavid scored 105 points in 56 games during the shortened 2020-21 campaign and is currently on pace for 213 points over an 82-game schedule this season.

    Winnipeg's Kyle Connor was named First Star of the Week with five goals and three assists in three games, while New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin rounded out the trio.

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    GENE'S BLOG: Don't bet against Edmonton

    Oilers among the top teams in the NHL through five games as Gene Principe discusses everything that has gone right thus far

    by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

    As you woke up Monday morning, had some breakfast, hopped in the shower and got dressed for the start of the brand new week, you may have checked the NHL standings to see exactly where the Edmonton Oilers are in the league.

    My suggestion would be go right to the top because that's where you'll find Edmonton. They are sitting even with Florida as the only two teams with 5-0-0 starts to the season. A perfect unblemished beginning to 2021-22. It's what they wanted and what they have earned to kick off a new campaign. Vancouver, Calgary, Anaheim, Arizona and Vegas are the defeated opponents. 

    It's less than two weeks into the season and Edmonton is looking like (pardon the pun) a well-oiled machine. If that's the case, we should start with the captain. Is it possible after putting up 105 point in 56 games last season he could be better this season? It sure seems like it. Already with 13 points in the first five games. It's not just the totals but how he's gone about putting up those numbers. He looks clearly motivated to carry this team as much as he wants to or has to for the greater good. Along with Leon doing his part with 11 of his own points, they are doing it separately or together.

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    GAME STORY: Oilers 5, Golden Knights 3

    A pair of goals from Zach Hyman helps keep Edmonton's hot start going at 5-0-0 in a win over the Golden Knights on Friday

    by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

    LAS VEGAS, NV - The Edmonton Oilers have their Hype Man.

    Zach Hyman notched a pair of goals on Friday night in Sin City to make it five goals in five games to begin his Oilers tenure as the club earned their fifth-straight victory to start the 2021-22 NHL campaign with a 5-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

    Playing the second of back-to-back games as part of their first road trip of the campaign, the Oilers stole the show with an early statement win over their Pacific Division opponents.

    Zack Kassian slid the game-winning goal through the legs of Golden Knights netminder Robin Lehner on a breakaway 4:33 into the final frame. Mikko Koskinen turned in his third-straight victory, making 36 saves on 39 shots.

    Leon Draisaitl recorded two goals and an assist to increase his early-season returns to 11 points in five games, while Connor McDavid's two assists on the night place him first overall for points in the NHL above the German with six goals and seven helpers.

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    LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Golden Knights

    Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers complete a road back-to-back Friday versus the Golden Knights

    by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

    The Edmonton Oilers seek a fifth straight victory on the heels of a back-to-back Friday against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

    You can watch the game on Sportsnet 360 & One or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED.

    Follow along with our in-game blog for tweets, highlights, updates and more.

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    PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Golden Knights

    The Oilers cap off back-to-back games and their first road trip of the season on Friday against the Vegas Golden Knights

    by Jamie Umbach & Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

    Oilers pre-game coverage is presented by SkipTheDishes

    The Edmonton Oilers conclude their first road trip of the season on Friday against the Vegas Golden Knights in the second of back-to-back games.

    You can watch the game on Sportsnet One & 360 or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED.

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    GAME RECAP: Oilers 5, Coyotes 1

    McDavid becomes the fourth-fastest Oilers player to score 200 goals in a commanding win over Arizona

    by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

    GLENDALE, AZ - Let the good times roll.

    The Edmonton Oilers extended their 2021-22 season-opening winning streak to four games Thursday at Gila River Arena with a convincing 5-1 drubbing over the Arizona Coyotes.

    Connor McDavid netted three points, scoring goal No. 200 of his career in the second period, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added three helpers, Zach Hyman scored two special-teams tallies, and Mikko Koskinen recorded his second consecutive victory of the season.

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    LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Coyotes

    Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena

    by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

    The Oilers travel to the desert on Thursday night to start a two-game road trip and play the first of back-to-back games when they take on the Arizona Coyotes.

    You can watch the game on Sportsnet One & 360 or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED.

    Follow along with our in-game blog for tweets, highlights, updates and more.

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    PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Coyotes

    The Oilers begin their first road trip of the season and back-to-back games on Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes

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    Oilers pre-game coverage is presented by SkipTheDishes

    The Edmonton Oilers begin their first road trip of the season and play the first of back-to-back games on Thursday night against the Arizona Coyotes.

    You can watch the game on Sportsnet West & 360 or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED.

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    PROJECTED LINEUP: Oilers at Coyotes

    View Edmonton's line combinations, defence pairs and goaltenders for Thursday's clash with the Arizona Coyotes

    by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

    EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers travel to the desert on Thursday to take on the Arizona Coyotes and begin their first road trip of the season with back-to-back games.

    View the club's full lineup for the game below.

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    Forwards

    Hyman - McDavid - Puljujarvi
    RNH - Draisaitl - Yamamoto
    Foegele - Ryan - Kassian
    Perlini - Shore - Turris

    Defence

    Nurse - Barrie
    Keith - Ceci
    Koekkoek - Bouchard

    Goalies

    Koskinen
    Skinner

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