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GAME STORY: Oilers 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)

Darnell Nurse scored 55 seconds into overtime to lift the Oilers to a win in front of an estimated 8,000 Oilers fans in Vegas

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

LAS VEGAS, NV - Only 55 seconds into overtime, Darnell Nurse scored to lift the Oilers to a thrilling 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in front of an estimated 8,000 Oilers fans who made the trek to Sin City for the game. It was only the fourth loss in 22 games at home for a Vegas team that had gone 14-1-1 in its prior 16 games. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | @ Golden Knights Post

Nurse completed a two-on-one with Drake Caggiula, blasting a shot that Fleury got only a piece of before it trickled in for the victory. 

Video: EDM@VGK: Nurse wins it in OT for the Oilers

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Golden Knights

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers visit the Vegas Golden Knights

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers visit the Vegas Golden Knights tonight at T-Mobile Arena.

You can watch on TV across Canada on Sportsnet and CBC 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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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Golden Knights

The Oilers wrap up their five-game road trip looking to head into the bye week on a high note

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers complete their five-game road trip tonight with a game against the Vegas Golden Knights. 

You can watch the game across Canada on CBC and Sportsnet or listen on the Oilers Radio Network including 630 CHED. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | @ Golden Knights

Read the game preview below plus our Pre-Game Report, videos and more. 

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GAME STORY: Oilers 4, Coyotes 2

Darnell Nurse scored two goals, including the game winner as the Oilers topped Arizona 4-2 Friday

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

GLENDALE, AZ - Darnell Nurse scored two goals to help lead the Oilers to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night. 

Nurse scored the first Oilers goal of the game to cut into a 2-0 Coyotes lead late in the first period and then netted the go-ahead marker in similar fashion early in the third to break a 2-2 deadlock. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | @ Coyotes Post-Game

 

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Coyotes

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers visit the Arizona Coyotes

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers visit the Arizona Coyotes tonight at Gila River Arena.

You can watch on TV across Canada on Sportsnet 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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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Coyotes

The Oilers play the fourth game of their five game road trip tonight in Arizona

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers look to catch the Arizona Coyotes coming off their bye week tonight as the five-game road trip continues. 

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | @ Coyotes Pre-Game

Read the game preview below as well as our Morning Skate Report, videos, line combinations and more. 

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BLOG: Oilers look to take advantage of teams coming off bye

With both Arizona and Vegas coming off bye weeks, opportunity knocks for the Oilers

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers have two more games until their bye week begins -- Friday in Arizona and Saturday in Vegas. Both of those games, they will be facing a team coming off their bye. 

Last season, teams coming off the bye week had a record of 8-14-4 when playing a team that was not coming off a bye week of their own. The team coming off a bye can't practice until the late afternoon the day before their first game. Arizona skated at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. 

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan wasn't too concerned with the Coyotes ability to shake off the rust and play. 

"They'll get their opportunity to practice today. I think about us coming off our bye week in a week. We'll get a practice in. I think the players are worn down a bit at this time of the year so that break gives them a chance to re-energize both mentally and physically but with that sometimes comes rust," McLellan began. 

"Every team will respond differently. Usually, your top-end or go-to guys if they seem to be sharp and energetic, they can pull some others along. I can't speak for what Arizona and Las Vegas will go through or how they'll feel or anything like that but really it doesn't matter to us. We have to prepare our game."

Mark Letestu was asked if the team talks about their opponents either coming off a bye or heading into their bye week as was the case when the Oilers played Dallas and Nashville. 

"You mention it amongst the group. There's a tendency to forget about it once you're out there and you're just playing the team in front of you," Letestu said. "I know that the first one back from the break can be challenging at times, you have a little bit of rust with one skate. Five days off might not seem like a lot but the rhythm of your game goes away and you have to find it quickly.

"In our situation, we've got two here now before the break and there's a tendency to want to empty the tank. You have nothing to save it for so you want to give your best effort so the five days are enjoyable."

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BLOG: Oilers try and find more offence

Plenty of time in practice in Thursday was set aside to work on the offensive side of the game

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

Not counting the shootout tallies on January 4, the Oilers have only four goals in their last six games. The search for offence was prevalent particularly on Tuesday in Nashville as the club played very well defensively but still ended up losing the game, 2-1. 

"Even the best defensive teams give up one or two," said Oilers centre Mark Letestu. "You still have to score goals. I think it's unreasonable to ask (every night) to win 1-0 or 2-1. Every now and then it'll happen."

Head Coach Todd McLellan was asked what the team is doing in order to try and generate more offensive opportunities. 

"I think you've got to create volume chances," he began. "The shooting percentage has to go up on those volume chances. And when you do get - and we have had - a lot of really good looks, sometimes we had empty nets and instead of bearing down and trying to put it through the back of the net, relax a little bit and put it into the net."

McLnellan added that the team needs to get players in front of the net more often and when doing that, needs to shoot it on goal to generate those chances. 

"We also have to get a little hungrier and dirtier in areas. I often use football analogies. If the receiver is running to the end zone and the quarterback never throws it there, why would you keep doing it? And vice versa, if the quarterback is throwing it in the end zone and the receivers aren't there, why would you keep doing it?

"The shooter and attacking group have to be on the same page and we have to get better at it."

Milan Lucic agreed with the coach on his methods of trying to generate offence. 

"Just simplify things, I've always found," he said. "Go to the net and try to look for a rebound, maybe get that bounce off a shin pad. Slinging pucks from the corners and all that type of stuff. We've got to do our best to create them and we've got to do our best to finish them.

"For myself, when I'm in a scoring slump I'll go back to watch goals that I've scored in the past just to remind myself how I scored them. Those are ways that mentally you can get yourself going again."

In practice on Thursday, the team worked on all those things discussed by McLellan, Lucic and Letestu. 

"In practice today, we moved some people around and got guys in different spots," McLellan remarked. "Some of the drills started with that exact mentality of getting it to the pad area then finding a retrieval and scoring off the rebound. We're approaching it that way, we're preaching it that way. Hopefully we respond that way."

 

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BLOG: Four former Oilers named to Canada's Olympic team

Gilbert Brule, Rob Klinkhammer, Derek Roy and Ben Scrivens all announced to the squad

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

Canada announced its Olympic team on Thursday and four former Oilers were on the list: 

Gilbert Brule played for the team from 2008 through 2011. The best season in his NHL career was in 2009-10 with the Oilers when he had 17 goals and 38 points in 65 games. 

Rob Klinkhammer suited up for the club from 2014 through 2016. He also played with the Bakersfield Condors in 2015-16 and had 14 goals and 24 points in 27 games. 

Derek Roy played 46 games for the Oilers in 2014-15 and had 11 goals and 22 points. 

Ben Scrivens played for the Oilers in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons with his most notable achievement being a 59-save shutout on January 30, 2014 which still stands as an NHL record. 

Chris Kelly, who played with the Oilers in the pre-season earlier this year and skated with the team for several months after that, was also named to the team. 

Complete team: 

FORWARDS
Rene Bourque
Gilbert Brule
Andrew Ebbett
Quinton Howden
Chris Kelly
Rob Klinkhammer
Brandon Kozun
Maxim Lapierre
Eric O'Dell  
Mason Raymond  
Derek Roy
Christian Thomas
Linden Vey
Wojtek Wolski
DEFENCE
Stefan Elliott
Chay Genoway
Cody Goloubef
Marc-Andre Gragnani
Chris Lee
Maxim NoreaU
Mat Robinson
Karl Stollery
GOALTENDERS
Justin Peters
Kevin Poulin
Ben Scrivens
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BLOG: Oilers practice in Arizona on Thursday

No changes to lines for the Oilers as they hit the ice in Glendale, Arizona

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers held practice at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Thursday.

Lines were: 

Maroon - McDavid - Draisaitl
Lucic - Nugent-Hopkins - Puljujarvi
Cammalleri - Strome - Khaira
Caggiula - Letestu - Kassian (Slepyshev rotating in)

Klefbom - Benning
Sekera - Russell
Nurse - Larsson (Auvitu, Davidson as the fourth pairing). 

Check back for regular updates, blogs, videos and more. 

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Video: PRACTICE | Thursday in Glendale

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