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BLOG: McDavid, Sekera and Slepyshev updates

Coach McLellan gives an update on the status of Connor McDavid, Andrej Sekera and Anton Slepyshev

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan had updates on three players on Monday. 

On Connor McDavid, who did not skate and has been battling illness: 

"When he gets healthy he'll be back out there with his teammates."

On Anton Slepyshev, who did skate and rotated in on the fourth line. 

"I don't think he'll be playing tomorrow. We'll see how he is in Detroit. But he won't be available tomorrow."

On Andrej Sekera, who also took part in the full practice: 

"He's going in the right direction but, again, we're talking December. Once the calendar turns, we can start talking about how close he is. But nothing until December."

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BLOG: McLellan preaches defence

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on not only limiting scoring chances but also quality of chances

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

An example of where numbers can be deceiving occurred on Saturday afternoon in Dallas as the Oilers did well to limit opposition chances but still gave up six goals against the Stars. 

"Our defensive finish," stated Oilers head coach Todd McLellan when asked what he would like to improve. "What I mean by that is we didn't give up much in Dallas. Our lowest shot total at even strength against and our lowest shot attempt given up this year. The result was still six goals against. From the goaltenders to the defencemen and out we've got to be more responsible.

"If you score three on the road, you should have a pretty good opportunity at having success and we weren't close at that in Dallas," McLellan continued. 

"When you look at how few opportunities at even strength and even on our penalty kill that we gave up -- actually shots that got to the net -- there's something wrong with coverages when you give up that many goals. And the commitment to coverage. It's beyond goaltending. It's team wide and it's something we need to fix. We've addressed it many times. The group is going to have to respond at some point and finally get it."

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BLOG: Oilers thinking offence on the PK

Caggiula and McLellan talk about the team getting chances offensive while on the penalty kill

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

At 74.3% and ranking 29th in the NHL in penalty kill, the Oilers are still working their way through improvement on that aspect of their special teams. One way they've found to improve on the PK is to gain more shorthanded opportunities and even score some shorthanded goals. 

"We're focused on the defensive side of the puck, of course, because it hasn't gone well for us. But it has been a steady improvement over the last little bit. And we've gone up against some top power plays as well," said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. 

The Oilers now have two shorthanded goals on the season, with both coming in the last three games (against Vegas and Dallas). Drake Caggiula scored the shorthanded goal on Saturday against the Stars. 

"You've got to be smart and pick and choose your chances and make sure you're not cheating but if there's an opportunity you've got to make sure you take it," said Caggiula of taking offensive chances when killing penalties, often with Connor McDavid. 

"We both like to play with a lot of speed. Every now and then, you can catch a team off guard. Dallas has some pretty high offensive guys. In the pre-scout we kind of noticed that you can catch them a little bit off guard on defence so we were able to get a couple of chances. Especially later in the game and we're down a couple of goals we were pushing it a little bit."

 

 

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BLOG: Monday lines in St. Louis

Oilers are on the ice for practice in St. Louis ahead of Tuesday's game against the Blues

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

After a day off on Sunday, the Oilers were back on the ice Monday for practice in St. Louis in preparation of tomorrow's game against the Blues. 

MONDAY'S VIDEO

Connor McDavid was not on the ice for practice. Auvitu got hit in the face early in practice and skated off with a bleeding nose. 

Tweet from @EdmontonJack: Slepyshev is back on the ice... could be back by the weekend. McDavid undoubtedly will play tomorrow, as rest of lines are the same. https://t.co/L7vp2sNO0b

Oilers forward lines were: 

Maroon - Malone - Caggiula
Lucic - RNH - Draisaitl 
Cammalleri - Strome - Puljujarvi
Khaira-Letestu-Kassian

Pakarinen and Slepyshev rotated on the third and fourth lines.

Defence pairings were: 

Klefbom - Benning
Nurse - Larsson
Russell - Gryba

Sekera rotated in.

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MIC INJURY REPORT: Khaira returns

Oilers have lost 42 man games to injury this season

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

As of November 18, 2017

Current man games lost due to injury: 42 games

See below for a full injury report. 

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BLOG: Friday updates 11/17

Updates, news, notes, videos and more from the Oilers practice Friday at Rogers Place

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers practiced Friday morning at Rogers Place ahead of their flight to Dallas, which begins a five-game road trip.

Jujhar Khaira (upper body) was skating with the team. Head Coach Todd McLellan said last night he'll be on the trip and could be ready to return as soon as tomorrow in Dallas. Khaira has a goal and two assists in his last two games.

Tweet from @Bob_Stauffer: Connor McDavid, Oscar Klefbom and Anton Slepyshev are not on the ice this morning for practice

Connor McDavid was absent, with Iiro Pakarinen skating in dark blue as a placeholder on the top line. Oscar Klefbom also did not skating this morning.

Anton Slepyshev (lower body) was still absent.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at DAL Pre-Game 

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BLOG: Khaira out against Blues with upper-body injury

Forward sustained injury in Tuesday's game against the Vegas Golden Knights

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - After piecing together two consecutive quality outings, Jujhar Khaira will not be in the Oilers lineup Thursday versus the St. Louis Blues.

"Jujhar will not play today but it has nothing to do with his play," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "If he was healthy, he would play. He would play a lot of minutes. He's earned that right but he has an upper-body injury that occurred in that last game."

Khaira is on a two-game point streak, scoring Sunday against the Washington Capitals then nabbing a pair of helpers Tuesday when the Vegas Golden Knights visited Rogers Place. 

Video: PRE-GAME RAW | Todd McLellan

The Oilers acquired Michael Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, sending Jussi Jokinen the other way. The new acquisition will take Khaira's spot on the third line, which McLellan believed was starting to gain chemistry.

"That line, if we leave Cammalleri out of it, was starting to gel a little bit," said the Oilers coach. "More of their offensive zone stuff came off the cycle and the forecheck. It wasn't as pretty as maybe they'd like to play but it was effective. 

"I thought J.J. had a big part in that."

The forward will join the team on the upcoming five-game road trip.

"It's not major but it's going to keep him out of the game tonight and we'll see how he is on the road trip," said McLellan.

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BLOG: Oilers acquire Cammalleri

The Oilers have traded Jussi Jokinen to the Los Angeles Kings, in exchange for Michael Cammalleri

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have traded Jussi Jokinen to the Los Angeles Kings, in exchange for forward Michael Cammalleri.

Cammalleri, 35, has played in more than 850 NHL games, and 32 in the post-season during his career. The second-round pick, 49th overall, of the Kings in 2001 had returned to Los Angeles this year on a one-year deal, following stints in Calgary, Montreal and New Jersey.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: The #Oilers have acquired forward Michael Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Jussi Jokinen. pic.twitter.com/5iSA38gQLm

This season, for the Kings, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound forward has three goals and four assists in 15 games.

In 855 regular season NHL games, Cammalleri has 290 goals and 330 assists. He also has 12 goals and 15 assists in 32 playoff games.

Jokinen played 14 games for the Oilers this season, tallying one assist.

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BLOG: Puljujarvi's performance

Jesse Puljujarvi scored in his return to the Oilers

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

NEW YORK, NY - Saturday against the New York Rangers was arguably one of Jesse Puljujarvi's best games in an Oilers uniform since being selected fourth overall in the 2016 NHL Draft. The Finnish forward not only scored a goal - which came on an effective shift in the first period - but he was assertive, and skated with pace, getting behind the Rangers defence on a few occasions.

Puljujarvi was recalled from the Bakersfield Condors just a day ago, and stepped in with a solid performance in game one.

"I thought he was quite good," said McLellan. "I thought he had a lot of pep in his stride, he looked quicker to me, shooting the puck. I thought some of the things we asked him to do down there showed up in the game today. On an individual side of it, we're happy for him. He had a good game and a good night. He should leave the rink confident and continue to play that way."

Puljujarvi played 15:37 against the Rangers, all at even strength, and finished with five shots on goal and two hits.

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BLOG: Friday updates from NYC 11/10

Updates from Oilers practice at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Friday

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer
  • NEW YORK, NY - The Oilers practiced today at Madison Square Garden ahead of tomorrow's tilt with the Rangers.

There were no changes to the lineup from last night's win over New Jersey, other than Anton Slepyshev was not on the ice and Jujhar Khaira was in his spot with Milan Lucic and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Video: THE PANEL | Puljujarvi Recalled

The Oilers have recalled winger Jesse Puljujarvi from the Bakersfield Condors and have placed Slepyshev on IR. Puljujarvi was not at practice. Puljujarvi has one goal and four assists in 10 games in the AHL this season.

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