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GAME STORY: Blackhawks 3, Oilers 1

Chicago ends Edmonton's historic season-opening win streak as Crawford stops 27 of 28 between the pipes

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

CHICAGO, IL - Edmonton's historic win streak to start the season came to an end on Monday as they were defeated 3-1 by the Chicago Blackhawks to conclude their four-game road trip.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at CHI 10.14.19

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Blackhawks

The Oilers conclude their four-game road trip with a match against the Chicago Blackhawks

by Paul Gazzola & Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers conclude their four-game road trip with a match against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Monday.

The game can be seen on Sportsnet One and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED, at 6:30 PM MDT.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at CHI 10.14.19

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GAME STORY: Oilers 4, Rangers 1

Another come-from-behind victory for Edmonton as they extend their season-opening win streak to five games in the Big Apple

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

NEW YORK, NY - Two third period goals from Leon Draisaitl and one from Connor McDavid broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Oilers their fifth consecutive victory with a 4-1 decision at Madison Square Garden.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at NYR 10.12.19

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Rangers

The Oilers take their four-game win streak to begin the season into a matinee clash with the New York Rangers on Saturday

by Ryan Frankson & Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers venture into Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon with hopes of keeping their four-game win streak to begin the 2019-20 NHL season intact against the New York Rangers.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at NYR 10.11.19

The game can be seen across the Sportsnet network and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED, at 11:00 AM MDT.

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GAME STORY: Oilers 4, Devils 3 (SO)

Draisaitl scores the shootout winner, McDavid lights the lamp for the first time vs. New Jersey and the Oilers stay undefeated with a 4-3 victory

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

NEWARK, NJ - Leon Draisaitl scored the shootout winner as the Oilers stayed undefeated with a thrilling 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at Prudential Center.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at NJ 10.10.19

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Devils

The Oilers continue their four-game road trip with a match against the New Jersey Devils

by Ryan Frankson & Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers continue their four-game road trip with a match against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Thursday.

The game can be seen on Sportsnet West and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED, at 5:00 PM MDT.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at NJ 10.10.19

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FEATURE: Planting roots

The Oilers have collected three straight victories while also building a foundation of success to carry forward

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

NEWARK, NJ - Three games, three wins, six points, five more goals for than against, and first in the conference standings.

The numerical results are obvious when you look at what the Oilers have accomplished through their first three games of the 2019-20 season.

But when you go beyond the numbers and assess the intangible benefits of starting the year with three straight victories, you learn what this hot start has meant for the team.

"There's still so much hockey left, but it gives us roots to grow," veteran forward Zack Kassian said following Tuesday night's 5-2 road win over the New York Islanders.

"It gives us roots that we can work on as a team and fix the things we want to fix. It gives us roots to have confidence in each other, have confidence in our linemates. Everyone is playing valuable minutes, everyone is doing their job. It's good to see results early, because when everyone buys in like that, normally that's when teams are formed and you start winning hockey games."

Video: PRACTICE | Building Momentum 10.09.19

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GAME STORY: Oilers 5, Islanders 2

'The Real Deal' James Neal scores four times in a 5-2 win for the Oilers that marks three-straight wins to begin the season

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

UNIONDALE, NY - The Real Deal. That's it, that's the lede.

James Neal scored four goals in a game for the first time in his NHL career and became the first Oilers player to score six goals in the team's first three games of the season as Edmonton opened its four-game road trip with a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at NYI 10.08.19

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Islanders

The Oilers begin their four-game road trip and a three-game stay in New York against the Islanders on Tuesday

by Ryan Frankson & Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers are in New York to face the Islanders on Tuesday - their first game of a four-game road trip and a three-game stay in New York where they'll play the Islanders, New Jersey Devils, and New York Rangers.

The game can be seen on Sportsnet Oilers and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630CHED, at 5:00 PM MDT.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at NYI 10.08.19

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MAIN CAMP: McDavid pushing the pace

Despite not playing in games yet, the Oilers captain drove the up-tempo nature of the Kelowna practices

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

KELOWNA, BC - Connor McDavid's pre-season prognosis may still be up in the air, but that hasn't stopped the Oilers captain from pushing the pace during Training Camp practices with his prolific speed.

McDavid continues to round into regular season form as he's in the final stages of recovery from the knee injury he suffered in the final game of the 2018-19 regular season last April in Calgary.

And while his teammates have had the luxury of getting into some pre-season matchups, McDavid must make the most of his practice sessions since he has not yet been officially cleared for game action.

"I'm trying to push myself too," McDavid said of the up-tempo skates the team had at Prospera Place in Kelowna as part of their weekend retreat. "Everyone's played games by now. I'm the only one that hasn't, so I've got to make sure I'm ready to go when the time comes."

The time, as he referenced, may come later this week as the team has three more pre-season games on the schedule starting Tuesday at home against the Arizona Coyotes. The time could also be Wednesday, Oct. 2 when the Oilers open the regular season against the Vancouver Canucks.

"There was lots of uncertainty with the injury and lots of different stuff going on in the summer," McDavid said. "To feel good on the ice is something I'm really happy about and the fact that we're even talking about games is something I'm really proud of."

Video: RAW | Connor McDavid 09.23.19

Head Coach Dave Tippett said McDavid's speed and tempo this weekend were just what the squad needed to make the most of their on-ice sessions.

"He sets the pace out there, which is nice because the other guys have to make sure they're trying to catch up to that pace," Tippett said. "He picks up the whole pace of practice.

"Our practices have had lots of that game action in it, so I think he's just feeling more confident, feeling like he can jump into something and not think about his injury."

The bench boss said the team's medical staff will meet again later on Monday to assess McDavid's status heading into the final pre-season games this week.

"He would like to get into some games before the end of the week, but it comes down to making sure the doctors have clearance," Tippett said. "It'll be a group discussion. He's got to be comfortable with it, the doctors have got to be comfortable with it. They'll come to Ken, Ken will come to me, we'll talk about it and see if it's the right thing to do."

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