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GAME STORY: Oilers 3, Blues 2 (SO)

Connor McDavid scored the shootout winner as the Oilers came from behind to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Wednesday

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

ST.LOUIS, MO - Connor McDavid scored the shootout winner as the Oilers came from behind to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Wednesday, earning Cam Talbot his 100th victory with the team.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at STL 12.05.18

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Blues

The Oilers complete their short two-game road swing with a matchup in St. Louis

by Ryan Frankson and Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers wrap up their short two-game road trip tonight with a matchup against the St. Louis Blues. 

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at STL 12.04.18

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BLOG: Talbot to tend the twine Wednesday

Oilers goalie gets the call for the first time since Nov. 24

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

ST. LOUIS, MO - Cam Talbot is expected to get his next opportunity to tend the twine tomorrow when the Oilers visit the St. Louis Blues.

The goaltender hasn't made a start since the team's 5-2 defeat to the Kings in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, as Mikko Koskinen has gotten the call the last four games and won three of them.

Talbot has a 5-9-1 record on the season with a 3.29 goals-against average and a .889 save percentage. He's looking forward to a chance to build some positive momentum and regain the form that has allowed him to have a career 2.54 GAA and .917 save percentage.

"I've been feeling good in practice, just working on a few things every day," Talbot said following Tuesday's skate at Enterprise Center. "I'm trying to work out those bugs and be ready for a game whenever I get it."

Video: RAW | Cam Talbot 12.04.18

The 5-2 final score in his last start against the Kings grossly misrepresents Talbot's performance that night as he turned aside 27 of 30 shots - many of them high-quality scoring chances - and LA also added a pair of empty-net goals. The Oilers outshot the Kings 34-32 that night but two goals from Alex Chiasson were the only offence the team could muster.

"We want to play well for him too," said Oilers captain Connor McDavid. "He's had nights, especially in LA, where he was dynamite and we just didn't score goals for him. We want to play well for him but he knows he's got to play well and get back to the style he was a couple years ago. And we all know he can. He did it earlier on in the season, so he's definitely got it in him. I'm sure he's excited to go."

Between Oct. 13 and Oct. 28, Talbot won five of his seven starts and had one OT loss during that span as well. Since then, Koskinen has been the masked man earning wins for the Oilers. Head Coach Ken Hitchcock wants both of his netminders giving the team a chance to secure two points on a regular basis.

"We've got to get a better rhythm... it's too spaced out for me," Hitchcock said. "The gap between playing is too big... I think we're in a position now, when we get back to Edmonton, where we can have a better routine. In my opinion, when you have faith in both guys like I do, both guys have got to play."

Wednesday's game in St. Louis is the first of eight in 14 days for the Oilers, providing opportunities for both goalies to play without getting over-worked.

 Video: OILERS TODAY | McDavid Returns

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BLOG: Captain Connor feeling 'a lot better'

McDavid missed Monday's game in Dallas due to an illness

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Oilers are likely to have their captain and leading scorer back in the lineup tomorrow against the St. Louis Blues as Connor McDavid is feeling "a lot better" after missing Monday's game in Dallas.

McDavid missed the team's morning skate yesterday, and though Head Coach Ken Hitchcock was hopeful he'd be able to suit up against the Stars, the decision was ultimately made to give the two-time defending Ted Lindsay Award winner some recovery time.

"I thought maybe I might play but it was better to get some rest," he said following Tuesday's practice in St. Louis in which he participated fully. "You never like to (miss a game) but ultimately I thought rest was the better option."

 Video: OILERS TODAY | McDavid Returns

Missing Monday's matchup ended McDavid's streak of 235 consecutive games played, including the 2017 playoffs. Other than not skating, he said he carried out his usual game-day routine right up until a final call had to be made.

"I had prepared all day like I was going to play," he said. "It was only right before I was supposed to come to the rink that we decided it was better to take it off."

McDavid leads the Oilers with 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 26 games, ranking him sixth in the NHL scoring race.

Fellow forward Ryan Spooner was also sick and unable to play against the Stars, but he too participated in Tuesday's practice and is expected to return against the Blues on Wednesday.

 Video: RAW | Connor McDavid 12.04.18

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BLOG: Another homecoming for Hitch

Veteran bench boss spent six seasons with St. Louis Blues

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

ST. LOUIS, MO - Another stop on the road, another homecoming of sorts for Oilers bench boss Ken Hitchcock.

"It seems like every arena we go to I've coached in," he laughed following Tuesday's Oilers practice at Enterprise Center. "Is there any more left? Am I doing an outdoor rink tour next?."

Hitchcock took over the coaching reins of the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 6, 2011, after the team dismissed Davis Payne from the position. The move paid immediate dividends for the Blues as he turned their 6-7-0 start into a 49-22-11 record and a Central Division crown.

St. Louis cruised past San Jose in five games in the first round of the playoffs but they were ousted in the second round by the eventual Stanley Cup champion eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings. Despite the premature playoff exit, Hitchcock's efforts after taking over the team a month into the season earned him the 2012 Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year.

Video: RAW | Ken Hitchcock 12.04.18

Hitchcock's Blues would go on to make the post-season the next four years as well, advancing as far as the Western Conference Final in 2016 before bowing out to the Sharks. He was let go by the Blues on Feb. 1, 2017, and replaced by Mike Yeo.

"It was a hell of a six-year run," he said. "We were in a conference and a division that was strong. We were sitting there with Nashville and Chicago and then you've got LA who was on a roll, and we were right in the mix with those teams.

"We seemed to lose to the eventual Stanley Cup champion, it was always around Game 6 or 7 and it was usually in overtime. That's how close it was. In this league, when you make the playoffs that many years in a row, you've done a lot of good things."

Hitchcock is hoping his Oilers squad can earn a different result than they did in his return to Dallas on Monday as the Stars skated away with a 4-1 decision.

 Video: OILERS TODAY | McDavid Returns

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BLOG: Practice updates 12/4

The Oilers are skating in St. Louis this afternoon ahead of Wednesday's clash with the Blues.

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Oilers are skating this afternoon at Enterprise Center in St. Louis with both Connor McDavid and Ryan Spooner participating after missing Monday's game in Dallas.

 Video: OILERS TODAY | McDavid Returns

The team's forward lines are as follows:

Draisaitl - McDavid - Chiasson

Khaira - RNH - Puljujarvi

Lucic - Brodziak - Kassian

Caggiula - Spooner/Russell - Rattie

 Video: PANEL | Curveball

The defence pairings are as follows:

Klefbom - Larsson

Nurse - Russell

Gravel - Benning

Garrison - Wideman

Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said Monday morning he expects Cam Talbot to start in net tomorrow against the Blues after Mikko Koskinen got the call for the last four. 

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GAME STORY: Stars 4, Oilers 1

Jujhar Khaira scored the lone tally in the Oilers 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

DALLAS, TX - The Oilers were shorthanded before the puck even dropped on Monday night in Dallas and it ultimately showed up on the scoreboard in a 4-1 defeat to the Stars, snapping the team's three-game win streak.

Forwards Connor McDavid and Ryan Spooner missed the team's morning skate; however, Head Coach Ken Hitchcock remained confident both players would be able to suit up with some additional rest during the afternoon.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at DAL 12.03.18

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Stars

The Oilers begin a brief two-game road swing with a match against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center

by Ryan Frankson and Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers begin a brief two-game road swing with a match against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at DAL 12.03.18

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GAME STORY: Flames 4, Oilers 2

The Flames erase a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Oilers 4-2 in a heated Battle of Alberta

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

CALGARY, AB - It was a Battle of Alberta in its purest form on Saturday night in Calgary with the home team emerging from combat with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory.

OILERS TODAY | at CGY Post-Game

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Flames

The Oilers visit the Scotiabank Saddledome for the first Battle of Alberta of 2018-19

by Ryan Frankson & Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers visit the Scotiabank Saddledome for the first Battle of Alberta of the 2018-19 season.

You can watch the game on CBC and Sportsnet or listen live on the Oilers Radio Network, 630 CHED.

Read the game preview below with more to come, including our Morning Skate Report, videos and lineup updates. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre- Game at Calgary 11.17.18

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