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BLOG: Bear ready for the Battle

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - There's no doubt blossoming Oilers defenceman Ethan Bear has been amped up to play all five of his NHL games thus far.

But he's admittedly a shred more excited for tomorrow night's showdown as he gets ready to suit up for his first-ever Battle of Alberta against the Calgary Flames. A big smile came across his face when he was asked about the game following Monday's practice before the team hit the road for Cowtown.

"It's a very intense rivalry, so I'm looking very forward to it," Bear said. "Everybody always wants to beat Calgary, right?"

Growing up in Ochapowace, Saskatchewan - about a nine-hour drive from both Edmonton and Calgary - Bear watched plenty of Battle of Alberta games and has a built-in understanding of what it means when orange and blue clashes with red and yellow.

"It's a rivalry you want to be a part of and know how to get up for," he said. "They're pretty intense games, so I want to go out there and play hard."

The 20-year-old made the most notable play of his brief NHL career late in the third period of Saturday's win over the Minnesota Wild, as he back-checked and stole the puck from Mikael Granlund, leading directly to a pivotal Leon Draisaitl power-play goal to make it 3-1 en route to their 4-1 victory.

Bear earned his second NHL assist on the play, which was an encouraging sign for his bench boss as the youngster looks to shore up his defensive game while also making an impact on offence.

"He's getting there," said Head Coach Todd McLellan. "He's certainly not hurting us a lot, but there are segments of his game he knows he has to work on… He's a very fast learner, he's willing to learn, he's got a high IQ and he picks things up quickly, so we think he can continue to improve.

"We're going to play against our rival in Calgary. We'll see how he responds in that game."

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GAME STORY: Sharks 5, Oilers 2

Oilers score first, but a four-goal second period leads to the Sharks getting a 5-2 victory

by Ryan Frankson /

SAN JOSE, CA - The Oilers got the start they needed but not the finish as they dropped a 5-2 decision to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday to conclude their three-game California road trip and snap their three-game win streak.

For the fifth consecutive game, the Oilers drew first blood and scored the opening goal, this time coming from the stick of their captain, Connor McDavid, for his team-leading 28th and 75th point.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Sharks Post-Game

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The Oilers wrap up their three-game road trip looking for a California sweep in San Jose

by Ryan Frankson & Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers aim for a California sweep as they conclude their three-game road trip tonight in San Jose. 

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Sharks Pre-Game

Read the game preview below and check back throughout the day for videos, lineup updates, our Morning Skate Report and more. 

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GAME STORY: Oilers 6, Ducks 5 (SO)

Oilers survive late Anaheim surge & persevere in the shootout for their third win in a row

by Ryan Frankson /

ANAHEIM, CA - Three players scored on back-to-back nights as the Oilers swept the Southern California portion of their Golden State road trip with a 6-5 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

Also on back-to-back nights, the Oilers persevered through some late-game drama as Anaheim erased a 5-3 deficit to force extra time, but Connor McDavid converted with the game on the line in the shootout to sustain the team's third consecutive victory.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Ducks Post-Game

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FEATURE: Oilers add speed with Aberg

Swedish winger set to bring offensive skill-set to Edmonton following Sunday's trade

by Ryan Frankson /

Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday "we're looking for speed" ahead of Monday's NHL Trade Deadline.

Chiarelli did just that on Sunday as he dealt veteran forward Mark Letestu to the Nashville Predators in exchange for up-and-coming winger Pontus Aberg.

Video: RAW | Mark Letestu

The 24-year-old Swede has played 52 regular season games with the Predators - who selected him 37th overall at the 2012 NHL Draft - scoring three goals and seven assists. He's played 37 games this season with two goals and six helpers.

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Ducks

Oilers three-game road trip continues with a game in Anaheim against the Ducks

by Ryan Frankson & Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers complete a set of back-to-back games in Southern California tonight with a visit to the Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks. 

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Ducks Pre-Game

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BLOG: Letestu looks back fondly on Oilers experience

Veteran forward traded from Edmonton to Nashville and then Columbus on Sunday

by Ryan Frankson /

ANAHEIM, CA - Mark Letestu will look back on his time as a member of the Edmonton Oilers with plenty of fondness, offset with a sentiment of unfinished business.

The veteran centreman was dealt to the Nashville Predators on Sunday, with Edmonton receiving young winger Pontus Aberg in return. Letestu was then flipped to the Columbus Blue Jackets, with whom he spent four seasons prior to signing with the Oilers as a free agent on July 1, 2015.

The Elk Point, AB native played 220 regular season games with his home province team, as well as 13 during the 2017 playoffs. He said last year's Oilers post-season run - which included him scoring five goals and six assists - was the highlight of his tenure in Edmonton.

"It was exceptional the whole time," Letestu said before departing the team hotel in Anaheim. "We're certainly not where we wanted to be right now. But for me, experiencing what it was like to play in front of that crowd in the playoffs ranks up there with anything I've done in hockey. The atmosphere was second to none and what we accomplished really felt special."

He admitted he wished today's circumstances were different and that the Oilers were primed to take another run at the Stanley Cup this season, but that hasn't tainted his parting thoughts on the organization.

"That's why it's really disappointing to talk about being moved on, not being able to see it through with the group we had here," he said. "But I've got nothing but great things to say about the organization, the way myself personally and my family was treated. Very first class."

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GAME STORY: Oilers 4, Kings 3

The Oilers built a two-goal lead, survived the pushback from the Kings and left Los Angeles with a 4-3 win

by Ryan Frankson /

LOS ANGELES, CA - Michael Cammalleri set up three goals against his former team as the Oilers opened their three-game California road trip with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Cammalleri, who was acquired from the Kings in exchange for Jussi Jokinen on Nov. 14, assisted on three of Edmonton's four goals in the win, which was their second in a row and third in their last four games.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Kings Post-Game

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Oilers start a three-game road trip in Los Angeles against the Kings

by Ryan Frankson & Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers open a three-game road trip tonight with a game at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Kings. 

You can watch the game on Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360 and CITY or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Kings Pre-Game


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BLOG: Sekera placed on IR

Oilers defenceman requires more time to recover from facial injury

by Ryan Frankson /

Head Coach Todd McLellan said following Wednesday's Oilers practice that Andrej Sekera will require a stint on Injured Reserve to recover from an injury sustained last Friday against the Anaheim Ducks.

The defenceman was struck in the face by a puck in the first period and was ruled out for the rest of the night shortly thereafter. He missed Saturday's game in San Jose and Monday's game vs. Florida, officially going on IR today.

Sekera, who has one assist in 18 games this season, would be eligible to return for Saturday's matinee matchup in Glendale against the Arizona Coyotes.

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