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PROJECTED LINEUP: Oilers vs. Flames

View Edmonton's line combinations, defence pairs and goaltenders for Saturday's Battle of Alberta

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers host the Calgary Flames on Hockey Night in Canada at Rogers Place.

Take a look at Edmonton's expected lineup for the rivalry game below.

Lines from Saturday's morning skate appeared to be:

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

Defence:

Nurse - Barrie
Keith - Ceci 
Koekkoek - Bouchard

Goal:

Smith
Koskinen

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FEATURE: Finnish friends

A chance meeting between 17-year-old Jonatan Raatikainen and Jesse Puljujarvi turned into an unforgettable moment and strong connection between the two Finns

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - For what began with a simple request for a picture with Jesse Puljujarvi at the Helsinki airport, Finnish teenager Jonatan Raatikainen didn't expect much else to come from it.

But weeks later, during warmups of last Saturday's final pre-season game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Raatikainen was snapping a photo through the glass with one of his nation's most-endeared hockey icons, holding a stick Puljujarvi personally inscribed for the 17-year-old after arriving at the game with tickets the Oilers forward provided him.

"A nice little feature by Jesse was that he signed the stick and wrote in Finnish 'For Jonatan', so that was really cool," Raatikainen said.

The feel-good story between the two Finns began at the gate of a passenger flight bound for Frankfurt, but the above-and-beyond generosity of Puljujarvi helped turn the chance encounter into an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience for Raatikainen at last Sunday's exhibition.

Today, they still message each other almost daily.

"I think that tells a lot about Jesse's personality and all that, getting tickets for me and giving me a signed stick. Jesse is a really nice person when you get to know him."

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Good guy Jesse. #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/edoVftY00U

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BLOG: Smith discusses the shootout

"In the moment, you're just trying to keep the puck out of your net," goaltender Mike Smith said of Edmonton's 3-2 shootout win versus the Canucks

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - One goalie and one skater; the shootout in a nutshell. Some players or netminders might enjoy the end-of-game skills competition but Mike Smith isn't one of them. 

"I don't really have a favourite thing, to be honest, about anything to do with a shootout or penalty shot," the guardian admitted to reporters Thursday from the Oilers Hall of Fame Room. "It's fun for the fans more than anyone else. In the moment, you're just trying to keep the puck out of your net."

In Wednesday's 2021-22 season opener at Rogers Place, Edmonton held onto a two-goal lead until the final 10 minutes of the third when Vancouver rallied for the comeback to force the fourth period. The Oilers didn't register a shot on goal in overtime and Smith denied the three pucks he faced, preferring to continue the 3-on-3 action rather than going mano-a-mano. "That would be fine with me. Three-on-three is not the easiest thing, either, for a goaltender but it's definitely exciting," he said.

Video: RAW | Mike Smith 10.14.21

Smith's apprehension with the shootout could stem from how many he's participated in. Since entering the National Hockey League with the Dallas Stars in 2006-07, the 39-year-old has appeared in 69 shootouts, triumphing in 30 of them. Internally, the net protector tries not to alter his approach between the pipes after 65 minutes of play and doesn't keep a book on opposing shooters.

"The mindset stays the same: don't let them score," Smith stated. "I know for me personally, if you're anticipating one thing and they do something different, you could be in a different corner than they are. I just try to play every shootout like it's the first time I've seen them. Have an idea of what they do but try not to put all your eggs in one basket."

Oftentimes at the end of practice, Head Coach Dave Tippett will gather pucks at centre ice and have the skaters work on their shootout attempts. The extra reps are helpful and Smith maintains a quirky demeanour as his squadmates barrel down but he does admit it can become laborious.

"It's good practice until it gets about to the 12th or 13th player, then it kind of gets old," he joked. "It's different when you're facing different guys throughout the League that you don't see all the time. You're trying to be patient there and trying to be big, and hopefully, they miss the net or shoot it at you."

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BLOG: Thursday's optional at Rogers Place

Get all news, notes, videos and more from Oilers practice

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers held a team meeting and optional skate on Thursday after besting the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in a shootout in Wednesday's season opener.

Zack Kassian and William Lagesson, both on Injured Reserve, skated on Thursday while forward Devin Shore was not on the ice. Other participants at the session included Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse, Tyson Barrie, Warren Foegele, Kyle Turris, Slater Koekkoek, Evan Bouchard, Colton Sceviour, Tyler Benson and goaltender Mikko Koskinen.

Get all content from the day below.

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 10.14.21

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PROJECTED LINEUP: Oilers vs. Canucks

View Edmonton's line combos, defence pairs and goaltenders for the first game of the '21-22 season

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place for Wednesday's 2021-22 Home Opener.

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

Video: THE PANEL | Season Preview 21-22

Forwards:

Draisaitl - McDavid - Puljujärvi 
Hyman - RNH - Yamamoto
Foegele - Ryan - Sceviour
Perlini - McLeod - Turris

Defence:

Nurse - Barrie
Keith - Ceci
Russell - Bouchard

Goal:

Smith
Koskinen

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Sceviour, make roster moves

The Oilers inked Colton Sceviour to a one-year, two-way contract and made roster moves ahead of Wednesday's season opener

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Colton Sceviour to a one-year, two-way contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $750K.
 
Sceviour (32, 6'0", 190 lbs), cracked the club's roster after signing a professional tryout (PTO) in September just prior to training camp. The Red Deer, Alberta native appeared in seven preseason games collecting three assists while also seeing time on the penalty kill.
 
The Oilers also announced the following roster moves:
 

  • Philip Broberg (D) - Loaned to Bakersfield (AHL)

  • Kyle Turris (F) - Recalled from Bakersfield (AHL)

  • Josh Archibald (F) - Placed on LTIR

  • Zack Kassian (F) - Placed on Injured Reserve

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BLOG: Tuesday content and commentary

The Oilers took part in practice on Tuesday at Rogers Place on the eve of Opening Night on Wednesday against Vancouver

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Only one more sleep left.

The Edmonton Oilers participated in practice on Tuesday ahead of Opening Night on Wednesday, when the Vancouver Canucks travel to Rogers Place for Game 1 of the 82-game regular-season schedule.

The club finalized its 23-man roster on Monday afternoon, loaning forward Kyle Turris to the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League and recalling defenceman Philip Broberg. William Lagesson was placed on Injured Reserve (IR), while blueliner Oscar Klefbom and goaltender Alex Stalock were placed on Long Term Injured Reserve. Three players - forwards Josh Archibald, Dylan Holoway, and defencemen Dmitri Samorukov - will begin the year on the injured non-roster list.

Forward Devin Shore was not on the ice Tuesday, but Zack Kassian took part in his first full practice since sustaining an upper-body injury in the third period of a 3-2 pre-season win over Vancouver last Thursday.

Get news, notes, videos and more from the day below.

Video: PRACTICE | Hockey Eve 10.12.21

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Lines at Tuesday's practice appeared as follows:

Forwards

Draisaitl - McDavid - Puljujarvi
Hyman - RNH - Yamamoto
Foegele - Ryan - Kassian
Perlini - McLeod - Sceviour

Benson rotated in on right wing.

Defence

Nurse - Barrie
Keith - Ceci
Russell - Bouchard
Koekkoek - Broberg

Goalies

Smith
Koskinen

Video: THE PANEL | Season Preview 21-22

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BLOG: Tippett mulls difficult roster decisions

Head Coach Dave Tippett spoke towards making some tough choices when finalizing the Oilers roster for Opening Night

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The wide array of talent at Oilers Training Camp worthy of a spot in the lineup on Opening Night meant there would be no easy decisions when it came down to finalizing the club's roster on Monday.

Factor in not having the availability of a taxi squad this season, and the choices became even more difficult.

"It was a unique year with the taxi squad," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "You knew you could carry so many bodies, so really there weren't as many hard decisions last year because there was going to be extra guys. This year, it came down to some hard decisions."

On Monday, from the extended list of 61 players who began Training Camp on Sept. 22, the Oilers solidified their 23-man roster that will begin the 82-game regular season starting Wednesday when the Vancouver Canucks visit Rogers Place.

Each of the 36 forwards, 18 defencemen, and seven goaltenders at Camp arrived with similar intentions of cracking the lineup, and the hard choices made by Tippett and Oilers management are signs of healthy depth in the organization.

"It's the meaning of Training Camp," Tippett said. "If a coach goes out there and tells a player they have a chance to make our team, the player feels like he has a legitimate chance to do that.

"To me with the Opening Night roster, there are players who are obviously going to be on that, but the ones that are on the bubble, they're going to have to earn it. That's what's happening in our camp, and I think that's a good thing."

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 10.11.21

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BLOG: Regular season return

"To get back to a normal schedule with fans, everybody is looking forward to that," Coach Tippett said of the return to an 82-game regular season

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The artificial crowd noise has been silenced and North Division miniseries matchups are a thing of the past. No more empty arenas and - fingers crossed - fewer Zoom interviews.

National Hockey League fans have returned to arenas and the Edmonton Oilers have been assigned back to the Pacific Division. 

Slowly but surely, the hockey world is settling back on its axis and members of the Orange & Blue are eager for the prospect of normalcy in the upcoming 2021-22 season. Travelling to the United States, connecting with fans and facing each League opponent are aspects that the team is looking forward to when the puck drops on Wednesday.

Video: RAW | Tyson Barrie 10.11.21

"The Battle of Alberta was fun, but ten times was probably a bit much," joked defenceman Tyson Barrie, who signed a three-year contract with the club in the off-season after leading all rearguards in points last year with 48. 

"It will be nice to get back to our normal divisions. Even to have the fans here in pre-season, it was very invigorating. It's a good matchup for our team to get back into our division and conference, too."

A customary NHL schedule means an 82-game slate, as opposed to last season's 56-game irregular season, as well as a busy travel itinerary with road trips across North America. Even with newborn son Leo joining the Barrie family and demanding attention at home, the offensive defenceman is excited to dust off his passport and be a tourist again.

"There are so many good rinks and spots around the League," Barrie, the former Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leaf, said. "It's exciting to get back to that. It will be cool to play in Seattle for the first time and to see the new rink. Vegas is always a crazy one. There are so many good cities, it's hard to name them all."

Barrie isn't the only one pleased to welcome a real regular season. Head Coach Dave Tippett detailed his outlook on the upcoming campaign and what, specifically, he is anticipating fondly. 

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 10.11.21

"I think for all the players and coaches, there are two key things: One, fans. We didn't get to be part of any fans last year, so that's a big part of it," he started.

"And two, just getting back to a normal schedule where you're playing other teams. You're enthused to go into Vegas; you're enthused to go into Seattle. It will be a fun game just because they're new."

Like point-producing blueliner Barrie, the Oilers coach has circled select dates and road swings on the calendar. As a former Senior Advisor with the Kraken, Tippett will get an opportunity to see the 32nd NHL franchise and what they have built on Dec. 3 and Dec. 18 when Edmonton makes visits to the Pacific Northwest. "It will be a fun game for me to go there, just to see the building and stuff," he said. 

But a return to common practices, such as touring, battling with every team and interacting with fans, is unbeatable. 

"To get back to a normal schedule with fans, everybody is looking forward to that," Tippett said.

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RELEASE: Oilers make assignments ahead of season opener

Turris loaned to Bakersfield, Broberg recalled from the Condors, Lagesson placed on IR

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers made the following roster moves on Monday as the team prepares to open the 2021-22 regular season on Wednesday.

Placed on the injured non-roster list:

Josh Archibald (F)
Dylan Holloway (F)
Dmitri Samorukov (D)

Placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR):

Oscar Klefbom (D)
Alex Stalock (G)

Placed on injured reserve (IR):

William Lagesson (D)

Recalled from Bakersfield (AHL):

Philip Broberg (D)

Loaned to Bakersfield (AHL):

Kyle Turris (F)

The Oilers and Vancouver Canucks are set to square off in the 2021-22 regular season opener on Wednesday at 8pm MT at Rogers Place.

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