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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Red Wings

Get regular updates, highlights and more as the Oilers take on the Detroit Red Wings

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers take on the Red Wings tonight at Rogers Place.

You can watch on TV on Sportsnet ONE or listen on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Read below for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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GAME STORY: Hurricanes 7, Oilers 4

Draisaitl scores career goal 100 in three-point night but Oilers fall 7-4 to the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday at Rogers Place

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Leon Draisaitl scored twice, picking up career goal No. 100, and added an assist but the Oilers were blown away by the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, losing 7-4 at Rogers Place.

Connor McDavid nabbed a pair of helpers to bring his point total to 72 on the season, while Zack Kassian registered his fifth goal of the year and Brandon Manning his first as an Oiler in the club's second consecutive loss.

Cam Talbot was pulled in the first period after allowing three goals against on 15 shots. Mikko Koskinen stopped 15 of 18 in relief, as the Oilers fall to 23-23-3 in 2018-19.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game vs CAR 01.20.19

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs. Hurricanes

Oilers complete their weekend back-to-back set at home with a game against Carolina

by Paul Gazzola and Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers play their second last game before a nine-day bye week and all-star break tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. 

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game vs CAR 01.20.19

Read the game preview below. 

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Flames

Get regular updates, highlights and more as the Oilers host the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers take on the Flames tonight at Rogers Place.

You can watch on TV on Sportsnet & CBC or listen on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Read below for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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BLOG: Playoff push starts now

"This is what you want as a hockey player; you want to be in the chase… the playoff push has to start now," said Oilers Captain Connor McDavid

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Captain Connor McDavid confirmed: The push for playoffs begins now.

And the Oilers are right in the thick of things, sitting tied with the Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks for the final Western Conference wild card, one point removed from the first wild card spot, which is currently employed by the Dallas Stars who have 50 points. 

"This is what you want as a hockey player; you want to be in the chase," McDavid, who is fourth in League scoring with 70 points, said on Friday. "It's still early, obviously, but we're in the position where the playoff push has to start now. There's a bunch of teams there and someone has to run away. 

"It starts now."

Video: RAW | Connor McDavid 01.18.19

The Oilers are fortunate to have a game in hand on Dallas, Anaheim and Vancouver. The club has three big tests upcoming before the NHL All-Star break.

"We're excited as players and hopefully the fans are excited," McDavid added. "Ultimately, we got to be playing the way we can."

Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said there's a subtle enthusiasm within the Oilers Dressing Room, as the club has gained traction the past few outings. Edmonton is on a two-game winning streak after routing the Buffalo Sabres 7-2 then irking out a 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks on Wednesday.

"I think we just got a higher level of, I don't want to call it excitement, but enthusiasm because we see light at the end of the tunnel," Hitchcock started. 

"There's a lot of enthusiasm around the team right now because we feel like we're starting to play really well. We know this is going to be a big test; these three teams have quickness and are built differently than we are. But there's a lot of confidence in our game now."

Video: RAW | Ken Hitchcock 01.18.19

Hitchcock has seen his share of playoff hockey in the city of Edmonton, although not for the club he's currently coaching. As head coach of the Stars, Hitchcock became accustomed to facing the Oilers and their loyal fan base.

"I said this when I came here: You don't play the Edmonton Oilers. You play the whole city… I mean that sincerely," Hitchcock said. "I stood on the bench for a number of years and you had to either pat guys on the shoulder or you had to kick them that their line was up because you couldn't talk to them. It was too loud.

"I'm hoping people are beginning to see that we've got some wind in our sail right now and we want to keep playing well. We know this is going to be hard but I think people are starting to understand and appreciate the way we're playing, and we're putting everything we can into it."

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GAME STORY: Oilers 3, Canucks 2 (SO)

Chiasson nets shootout winner in fifth round as the Oilers defeat the Canucks 3-2

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

VANCOUVER, BC - It's mid-January and the National Hockey League playoff standings are tight.

Now, so are the games.

The Oilers and Canucks played a close affair on Wednesday, with Alex Chiasson's wrister in the fifth round of the shootout giving his club two points and the win at Rogers Arena.

Jujhar Khaira and Connor McDavid both scored in regulation, while Mikko Koskinen made 20 saves to help improve the Oilers to 23-21-3 on the season and gain a point on the Canucks in the playoff race.

With 49 points, Edmonton sits outside the final Western Conference wild card position behind the Minnesota Wild, who have a game in hand on the Oilers.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at VAN 01.16.19

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Canucks

Get regular updates, highlights and more as the Oilers visit the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers take on the Canucks tonight at Rogers Arena.

You can watch on TV on Sportsnet West & Pacific or listen on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Read below for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Canucks

The Oilers hit the road for a match against the Vancouver Canucks

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers are on the road for a match against the Vancouver Canucks.

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at VAN 01.16.19

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BLOG: Oilers claim Colby Cave from Boston

Forward had one goal and five points in 20 outings with the Bruins in 2018-19

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have claimed forward Colby Cave from the Boston Bruins, the team announced on Tuesday.

Cave, 24, has one goal and five points in 20 games this season with the Bruins. 

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: The #Oilers have claimed Colby Cave off waivers from Boston. The 24-year-old forward has scored 1 goal & 4 assists in 23 career @NHL games. pic.twitter.com/KmRNxD9bhY

The undrafted forward compiled 43 goals and 115 points in 239 career American Hockey League games, all with the Providence Bruins. 

Cave also spent five seasons with the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos during his junior career, recording 95 goals and 202 points in 287 matches.

According to Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock, Cave will play centre tomorrow for the team which will shift Jujhar Khaira over to the wing. 

Cave will wear number 12 for the Oilers.  

Read the full press release below:

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RECAP: 2019 Oilers Skills Competition

Recap of the 2019 Oilers Skills Competition, presented by Rogers

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Team Orange defeated Team White 18-17 at the 2019 Oilers Skills Competition, presented by Rogers in front of a large crowd at Rogers Place.

View our breakdown of the day event by event below.

Some highlights include Darnell Nurse showing off his blistering 102.1 mph slap shot, Ryan Spooner winning fastest skater with a time of 14.445 seconds and Ty Rattie winning the accuracy shooting by going 4-for-4 in 8.008 seconds.

Video: SKILLS | Highlight Reel

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Connor McDavid, Jujhar Khaira, Alexander Petrovic, Andrej Sekera and Kailer Yamamoto did not participate in this year's skills competition.

Video: SKILLS | Puljujarvi and Lucic Pre-Event

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