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PREVIEW: Oilers at Lightning

Oilers look for a sweep of the state of Florida on back-to-back days with a game in Tampa

by Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers continue their four-game road trip with a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning today at 3:00 p.m. MDT. 

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

Read the game preview below and check back later today for videos, our Pre-Game Report and more. 

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GAME STORY: Oilers 4, Panthers 2

Ty Rattie had a goal and an assist and Connor McDavid picked up three points to lead the Oilers to a 4-2 win over the Panthers in Florida on Saturday afternoon

by Marc Ciampa /

SUNRISE, FL - Two goals early in the third period proved to be the difference as the Oilers rallied to defeat the Panthers 4-2 at BB&T Center on Saturday afternoon. 

Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists while his linemate, Ty Rattie, registered his first two points as an Oiler in the form of a goal and an assist and was +3. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Panthers Post-Game

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Panthers

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers visit the Florida Panthers

by Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers visit the Florida Panthers this afternoon at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

You can watch on Sportsnet West or listen on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Stay tuned for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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Oilers have lost 120 man games to injury or illness this season

by Staff /

As of March 17, 2018

Current man games lost due to injury: 120 games

See below for a full injury report. 

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BLOG: Bear feeling more comfortable

Ethan Bear has now played seven NHL games and is feeling more comfortable in the top league

by Marc Ciampa /

Oilers rookie defenceman Ethan Bear is now seven games into his NHL career and is starting to get a better idea of what it takes to be successful at the top level in hockey. 

"Moving it quicker," he began. "On your stick, off your stick. You don't have the puck on your stick too long. You always want to pass it to your forwards as fast as you can. Moving your feet right away and once you see your first option, move it right away. You do that and everyone says it's an easy game. It feels good when you move it.

"Everyone thinks the game faster here. That's a big difference, too, but making fast decisions."

Bear added that he's started to settle into his role. 

"I just feel a lot more comfortable. Just getting in, moving it and getting in your groove. You start to make plays and playing faster. It's a simple game. You play simple, move it quick," Bear said. "Offence will come. I still have a lot to learn defensively but they've been patient with me so I appreciate it."

Through seven games, Bear has two assists and has been near the 20-minute mark in three of his last four contests. 

Last game and several times in his early tenure he's been paired with Oscar Klefbom and Bear feels that's a partnership that's worked very well. 

"He's always in the right spots. Everyone's always an option for you and talking to you on the ice. That makes a big difference, knowing where all your teammates are on the ice. They're always talking and telling you your offence, calling out plays."

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BLOG: Draisaitl looks to bounce back

After a tough game against the Sharks where he was -3, both McLellan and Draisaitl expect the German centre to put in a great game Saturday

by Marc Ciampa /

Leon Draisaitl had a rare off game on Thursday at home against San Jose with a -3 rating in only 17:35 of icetime which is rare for a player who has averaged two minutes more than that over the course of the season 

"He had a tough night, he's the first to admit it," said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. "It's easy to sit and discuss what went right and what went wrong. And I know that when tomorrow shows up, he's going to play."

McLellan added that Draisaitl is a great student of the game and understands clearly when he's erred. 

"Leon's a tremendous player and he's his own worst critic. He accepts responsibility for his performance, both good and bad -- and it's not often bad."

Draisaitl himself echoed the thoughts of his coach. 

"Obviously, I'm the first guy to admit that the other night was terrible but I think that's part of it. Every player goes through stretches or games like that. It's just a matter of bouncing back," Draisaitl remarked. 

"Sometimes you have an unbelievable game and the puck just doesn't want to bounce your way," Draisaitl continued. "Some nights you think you don't play as well and the puck finds its way in the net. That's another thing that's part of the game."

McLellan added he was confident Draisaitl would put in an outstanding effort on Saturday in Florida. 

"That's the best thing that you can have in a young player. You don't have an individual that's going to pout and sulk. He's going to come in and give us everything he has. That's what we're counting on and we know he's going to deliver that."

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BLOG: Practice updates from Florida 3/16

Oilers took the ice for practice in Florida ahead of Saturday's matinee game

by Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers are on the ice for practice at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Line combinations: 

Nugent-Hopkins - McDavid - Rattie
Lucic - Strome - Puljujarvi
Caggiula - Draisaitl - Slepyshev
Pakarinen - Khaira - Kassian

Kris Russell and Pontus Aberg aren't skating.

View links to Friday's content (video and articles) down below!

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Panthers

Oilers open a four-game road trip on Saturday afternoon against the Florida Panthers

by Marc Ciampa & Paul Gazzola /

The Oilers kick off a four-game road trip with back-to-back games in the state of Florida, starting in Sunrise against the Florida Panthers on Saturday afternoon. 

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

Read the full game preview below, including our Pre-Game Report, videos, line combinations and more. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Panthers Pre-Game

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RELEASE: Oilers recall Rattie

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Ty Rattie from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors

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The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Ty Rattie from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.

Rattie, 25, has appeared in 53 games with Bakersfield this season, posting 43 points (21G, 22A) and 24 penalty minutes. Rattie leads the Condors in points (43), goals (21), assists (22) and points per game (0.81), and ranks second on the team in power play goals (8).

Rattie has appeared in two games this season with the Oilers averaging 12:43 of ice time.

The 6'0", 195-pound forward, has appeared in 268 career AHL games, accumulating 184 points (92G, 92A) and 103 penalty minutes.

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Maksimov to entry level contract

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Kirill Maksimov to a three-year entry level contract

by Press Release /

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Kirill Maksimov to a three-year entry-level contract.

Maksimov, 18, is in his third Ontario Hockey League season and second with the Niagara Ice Dogs. In 59 games with the Ice Dogs this season, the Moscow, Russia native has posted 73 points (33G, 40A), including 70 penalty minutes and a +17 plus-minus rating.

The 6'2", 193-pound forward won a bronze medal with Russia at the 2017 Under 18 World Men's Hockey Championship. He also played at the 2016 Under 18 World Men's Hockey Championship, as an underaged player. 

Maksimov was the Oilers fifth-round selection, 146th overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft.

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