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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Red Wings

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers host the Detroit Red Wings on Third Jersey Friday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers host the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Place on Third Jersey Friday.

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

Follow along for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

Video: RAW | Ken Holland 10.18.19

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs. Red Wings

The Oilers will debut their new Alternate Jersey on Friday when they host the Detroit Red Wings

by Jamie Umbach and Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers Alternate Jersey will makes its debut on Friday as the Orange & Blue conclude their two-game home stint with a match against the Detroit Red Wings.

The game can be seen on Sportsnet One and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED, starting at 7:00 PM MDT.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game vs DET 10.18.19

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FEATURE: Manning Up

Oilers defenceman Brandon Manning made the most of his opportunity against his former club, the Philadelphia Flyers, on Wednesday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Brandon Manning knows the deal.

When you are on the outside looking in, you have to. As the seventh defenceman, there is no other option. 

On Wednesday against the Flyers, he was the next man up. Now, he's Manning up. 

Video: PHI@EDM: McDavid sets up Manning's slap shot

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers vs. Flyers

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers host the Philadelphia Flyers at Rogers Place

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers host the Philadelphia Flyers at Rogers Place on Wednesday in their first of a two-game home stand.

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

Follow along for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Blackhawks

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

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Monday to conclude their four-game road trip.

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

Follow along for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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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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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Devils

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers take on the New Jersey Devils Thursday in their second of a four-game road trip.

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

Follow along for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Devils vs. Oilers

Devils look to bounce back in the second half of a back-to-back set tonight at Prudential Center

by Marc Ciampa and Paul Gazzola / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils return home to face the Edmonton Oilers looking for their first win of the season after dropping a 4-0 decision to the Flyers last night in Philadelphia.

You can watch the game inside the Devils TV market on MSG+, elsewhere in the United States on ESPN+ or you can listen on the Devils Hockey Network.

Video: DEVILS:60 | Devils vs Oilers

 

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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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FUTURE WATCH: Development in the details

With no games to play until Sunday, Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft has designated the week to individual development

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The American Hockey League season is rolling but if you're the Bakersfield Condors, it's at a standstill.

The club opened the 2019-20 campaign by beating the San Diego Gulls 2-1 on Friday then dropped a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ontario Reign a day later. The team doesn't play again until Sunday when they visit the San Jose Barracuda, meaning the Condors calendar is carte blanche.

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"We're using it as a development week," Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft, entering his second year with the squad, said.

"We started this last year. We wanted to take advantage of those weeks that come up in the schedule when there's a big gap in between games."

For Woodcroft, development week is about personal growth through detail-oriented drills. A change-up from practices typically devoted to team systems and strategies.

"What we like to do is we split up the players by position and we'll do forward-specific things, D-specific things, goalie-specific things, all in the hopes that we work on little details to improve individuals so that the team improves as a whole," the coach said.

"The way we equate it to players is they're investing in their personal corporation when they go through these types of practices because they're working on details in their game. The more you do that, the more you get out of everyone's potential."

Woodcroft and Co. unearthed plenty of the team's potential in '18-19 when Bakersfield topped the Pacific Division with a 42-21-3-2 record and .654 win percentage. The Condors achieved a 17-game winning streak, clinched the franchise's first AHL playoff berth, defeated the Colorado Eagles in Round 1 then were outed by the Gulls in six games in the Pacific Division Final.

But Woodcroft isn't dwelling on it.

"It's a new season, a new year, a new team," he said. "We have new players and we have some experience now. We made it clear right from our opening meeting that we're here to produce in the present."

The book is out on Bakersfield, though. Last season's ascension put the club on notice, so nothing is expected to come easy in the new schedule.

"Having the year we had last year means that you're not going to take anybody by surprise in any way," Woodcroft said. "I think the idea that as the team gets better, things get easier. I don't think it works like that. I think it gets harder."

Kailer Yamamoto, who used development week's downtime to get settled into a new house, is buying in. 

Woodcroft's '18-19 philosophy was to treat winning as a skill and his message this year is convincing the players that teamwork does, indeed, make the dream work.

"You just come to the rink every day and put your boots on," Yamamoto said. "Every time you come into the rink, not only do it for yourself but if you're playing your best, you're making other players better."

So even though the ball may not get rolling again until Monday, progress is being made. 

"We want to be the best team that we can be," Woodcroft said. 

"We realize that the strength of the team is in the team. We don't think winning and development is mutually exclusive. We think you can do both."

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