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BLOG: News, videos from Oilers practice at the Xcel Energy Center

The Oilers held an optional skate at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Monday morning ahead of tomorrow's tilt with the Minnesota Wild

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

ST. PAUL, MN - After the Oilers ended up on the losing end of a goalless stalemate on Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, the club held an optional skate on the ice of the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Goaltender Mike Smith stopped all 23 shots, but the winning blows from the Jets came in the shootout after offence on both sides of the rink were held off the scoresheet for 65 minutes.

Video: RAW | Mike Smith 10.21.19

Check back regularly throughout the day for news and videos from today's optional skate.

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BLOG: Oilers maintain the 'right mentality'

With a 7-1-0 record through eight games, the team is happy with their start but they know their best hockey is still ahead of them as they hit the road again

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Happy, but not satisfied. Confident, but not cocky. Winning, but still working.

The Oilers may have boasted a 7-1-0 record and the most points in the NHL after Friday night's 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, but they're fully aware the season consists of 82 games - not eight - and they need to keep forging ahead.

The team hit the ice on Saturday afternoon at the Downtown Community Arena before travelling to Winnipeg where they'll start a mini two-game road trip on Sunday against the Jets.

Video: RAW | Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 10.19.19

Naturally, having swept their two-game homestand with victories over the Philadelphia Flyers and aforementioned Red Wings, there were plenty of pre-flight smiles and positivity, but the players were also preaching a confident, workmanlike approach.

"Our attitude in there right now is a winning attitude," said veteran centreman Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. "We go into every game giving ourselves a chance to win... It can be early, it can be late, it doesn't really matter. You want to get rolling at any time in the season. The start is a big key for sure, but we've got to keep it going and we have that right mentality right now."

Video: RAW | Oscar Klefbom 10.19.19

"It feels good, everybody's happy and 7-1 is a really good start, but it's nothing more than that," added fellow 2011 first-round draft pick Oscar Klefbom. "We know it's a long season and a lot of stuff can happen, but we're very happy with where we're at right now... We're just going to continue and not settle down here. We've got to be ready."

Edmonton will look to make it three consecutive victories when they take on the 4-5-0 Jets on Sunday before heading to Minnesota to play the 1-6-0 Wild on Tuesday.

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RELEASE: Oilers recall Gagner; Haas assigned to Bakersfield

The Oilers have recalled Sam Gagner from the AHL's Bakersfield Condors and assigned Gaëtan Haas

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Sam Gagner from the AHL's Bakersfield Condors. The Oilers have also assigned forward Gaetan Haas to Bakersfield.

Gagner has two goals and two assists in four games with the Condors this season. Haas registered one assist in five games with the Oilers.

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BLOG: Koskinen, Smith sharing in early success

"I felt like coming into the season that if we manage both these guys well, we should be able to give both of them the chance to be successful every night," Head Coach Dave Tippett said

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Despite the goaltending position's individual nature, it takes two to tango in the twine.

Having split duties down the middle in between the pipes through seven games this season for the Oilers, netminders Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen have flourished so far as a tandem.

Both Smith and Koskinen have posted three wins each and combined for a 2.55 goals-against average and .922 save percentage as crucial cogs in a 6-1-0 start for the Oilers out of the gate to begin the '19-20 NHL season.

Seeing early confidence from both is leaving Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett with no hesitation to regularly rotate his netminders in and out as his side navigates the travel rigours of being a Pacific Division club after having already journeyed to the East Coast for a four-game road trip that saw the club secure six out of a possible eight points.

Having a refreshed netminder in Koskinen for Wednesday's tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers upon returning to Edmonton early Tuesday morning from Chicago paid dividends, with the Finn posting a career-high 49 saves on 52 shots and being heralded by the bench boss as the first, second, and third star of the night.

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 10.17.19

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FEATURE: Manning Up

Oilers defenceman Brandon Manning made the most of his opportunity against his former club, the Philadelphia Flyers, on Wednesday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Brandon Manning knows the deal.

When you are on the outside looking in, you have to. As the seventh defenceman, there is no other option. 

On Wednesday against the Flyers, he was the next man up. Now, he's Manning up. 

Video: PHI@EDM: McDavid sets up Manning's slap shot

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RELEASE: Lagesson recalled; Nygard placed on IR

The Oilers have recalled defenceman William Lagesson and placed Joakim Nygard on IR

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers announced that forward Joakim Nygard has been placed on Injured Reserve.  The Oilers have also recalled defenceman William Lagesson from Bakersfield (AHL).

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BLOG: News, videos from Thursday's practice

The Oilers practiced at Rogers Place Thursday afternoon following last night's 6-3 victory over Philadelphia

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers returned to the ice at Rogers Place on Thursday afternoon to begin preparations for a visit from the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

On Wednesday, the Oilers received a five-point night from captain Connor McDavid and a strong 49-save performance from goaltender Mikko Koskinen in a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers that improved the club's record to 6-1-0.

Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett revealed post-game that defenceman Joel Persson will miss the next seven-to-10 days after being placed in concussion protocol.

Check back throughout the day for news and videos from today's practice.

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 10.17.19

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MIC INJURY REPORT: Larsson, Nygard and Persson out

The Oilers have lost 25 man games to injury or illness in 2019-20

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

As of October 17, 2019

Current man games lost due to injury: 25 games

See below for a full injury report. 

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RELEASE: Nygard out 2-4 weeks

The Edmonton Oilers announced that forward Joakim Nygard will be out of action for two to four weeks

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers announced that forward Joakim Nygard will be out of action for two to four weeks (rib injury).

Nygard has appeared in six games with the Oilers, scoring one goal and owning a minus-two rating.

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RELEASE: McDavid named NHL First Star of the Week

The National Hockey League has named Oilers centre Connor McDavid the NHL's first star of the week

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

The National Hockey League has named Oilers centre Connor McDavid the NHL's first star of the week.

Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine and Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby have also been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 13.

FIRST STAR - CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS

McDavid posted 2-5-7, including a League-best five power-play points (2-3-5), in three contests to help the Oilers (5-0-0, 10 points) win each of their first five games of a season for the third time in franchise history (also 1983-84: 7-0-0 and 1985-86: 5-0-0). McDavid registered his 15th career three-assist game in a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders Oct. 8. He then collected 1-1-2 in a 4-3 shootout victory against the New Jersey Devils Oct. 10, followed by the winning goal and one assist in a 4-1 triumph over the New York Rangers Oct. 12. In doing so, McDavid helped Edmonton become the first team in NHL history to overcome a deficit to win each of its first five games of a season. The 22-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native has earned at least one point in all five of those outings, topping the League with 4-8-12 overall and 2-5-7 on the power play. The two-time Art Ross Trophy winner also paces the NHL with 1.31 points per game since entering the League in 2015-16 (132-252-384 in 292 GP).

 

SECOND STAR - PATRIK LAINE, RW, WINNIPEG JETS

Laine led the NHL with 2-6-8 in four games as the Jets (4-3-0, 8 points) picked up a trio of wins. Laine recorded his first career three-assist performance in a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 8, helping the Jets/Thrashers franchise snap an 18-game winless streak in Pittsburgh dating to March 24, 2007 (0-14-4). He then posted 2-2-4, his third career four-point game, in a 5-2 triumph over the Minnesota Wild Oct. 10. After being held off the scoresheet in a 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 12, Laine closed the week with one assist in a 7-2 loss to the Penguins Oct. 13. The 21-year-old Tampere, Finland, native shares the League lead with eight assists and ranks third overall with 11 points through seven contests this season (3-8-11). Laine's 113 career goals are tied for fifth in the NHL since he made his debut in 2016-17 (113-82-195 in 244 GP).

 

THIRD STAR - SIDNEY CROSBY, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Crosby compiled 3-4-7 in four appearances to help the Penguins (4-2-0, 8 points) close the week on a three-game winning streak following a 1-2-0 start to the season. Crosby scored once in a 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Oct. 8. He then registered 1-1-2 in both a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Oct. 10 and a 7-4 triumph against the Minnesota Wild Oct. 12. Crosby added two more helpers in a 7-2 win over the Jets Oct. 13, moving him past Jean Ratelle and into 37th place on the NHL's all-time assists list. The 32-year-old Cole Harbour, N.S., native has collected at least one point in each of his first six games of the season, topping Pittsburgh with 3 7-10 overall. The two-time Art Ross Trophy winner, who sits 41st on the League's all-time points list, also leads the NHL with 449-777-1,226 (949 GP) since making his debut in 2005-06.

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