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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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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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FEATURE: European showtime

Forwards Gaëtan Haas and Joakim Nygard connected at the right time on Saturday against Los Angeles to help turn the tide and record their first NHL points in a 6-5 victory

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It was a quintessential Edmonton Oilers moment - with an added European flair.

The overseas pair of Gaëtan Haas and Joakim Nygard took to the ice for a critical 4-on-4 faceoff in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings on Hockey Night in Canada, with their new club down 4-3 and in need of a spark.

It was European showtime.

Haas, the Swiss-born centre who plied his trade exclusively in his home country for the entirety of his career prior to making the jump overseas this summer to join the Oilers, saw a gap in the Kings defence and would play the role of orchestrator.

"We didn't talk about this play, but I did this one a couple times in Europe with (SC Bern)," Haas, drawing on his experience in the Swiss National League, said of the Saturday's play this afternoon.

"I always had this one in my head. I think that was the right moment to try it at 4-on-4. I knew we both had one less player on the ice. I just told Nygard that 'Now it's showtime for us,' so I just got to the faceoff and I saw the defence on the side. I knew if I lost, I was going to be the first on the puck and I was going to go in front (with the puck)."

Video: RAW | Gaetan Haas 10.06.19

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GAME STORY: Oilers 6, Kings 5

James Neal notched his first two goals as an Oiler and Joakim Nygard scored his first NHL goal on a night of firsts for the Oilers in a thrilling 6-5 win over the Kings

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Dealer was dealin'.

And the Edmonton Oilers are wheelin'.

'The Real Deal' James Neal scored his first two goals as an Oiler on the power-play, and Joakim Nygard notched his first NHL goal off the first NHL assist for Gaëtan Haas in a thrilling 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place on Hockey Night in Canada.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game vs. LAK

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs. Kings

The Oilers continue their season-opening home stand against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday

by Paul Gazzola & Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers continue their season-opening home stand against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday after a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Wednesday's Home Opener at Rogers Place.

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game vs LA

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BLOG: Filling the Larsson void

"In Camp, there was a lot of competition for the spots... so it's an opportunity for them and an opportunity for me," defenceman Matt Benning said

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Make no mistake, Adam Larsson is a warrior.

The 26-year-old defender blocked a shot late in the first period during the Oilers Home Opener on Wednesday and played through a broken right fibula to clock 22:19 of total ice time.

But the blueliner still had enough mental fortitude remaining to leave his teammates with one parting gift in the form of a laugh.

"After, when he was leaving the game, he made a joke about practicing tomorrow," defenceman Matt Benning said.

But the focus for the Oilers defence quickly shifted at Thursday and Friday's practices towards how they'll fill the void in ice time and leadership left by the Swede, who'll be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks with the foot injury.

"There's opportunity," Benning, who notched two assists against the Canucks, said. "It's tough to see Larsson go down. He's a horse back there and logs a lot of minutes. What people don't see is a lot in the dressing room. He's a great guy and brings a lot of passion to the dressing room, and he's a leader for us back there.

Video: RAW | Matt Benning 10.04.19

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FEATURE: Adam's absence

Oilers players and coaches voiced words of empathy and encouragement on Thursday for Adam Larsson, who'll miss six-to-eight weeks with a broken right fibula

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - After a deafening start to their 2019-20 NHL season on Wednesday, it was a muted morning for the Oilers at today's optional skate.

The excitement from last night's Home Opener was dampened by the emerging news of defenceman Adam Larsson expecting to miss the next six-to-eight weeks with a fractured right fibula and being placed on Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) after taking a shot to the foot in the first period of their 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

The injury is a big blow for the Oilers defensive corps, with the 26-year-old Swede coming off a formative summer and a strong IIHF World Championship campaign with the goal of rectifying what he admitted was a down season in '18-19.

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 10.03.19

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GAME STORY: Oilers 3, Canucks 2

Mike Smith makes 31 stops in his Oilers debut with McDavid notching the game-winner in a 3-2 opening night victory for the Oilers over Vancouver

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Game 1 of 82.

It was one goal apiece through 40 minutes, one goal to tie the game, and one goal from the one-and-only Connor McDavid to lift the Oilers to a 1-0 record in a 3-2 downing of the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night in their '19-20 Home Opener at Rogers Place.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game vs VAN 10.02.19

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs. Canucks

The Oilers begin their 2019-20 season on Wednesday when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers begin their 2019-20 season at Rogers Place on Wednesday when they play host to the Vancouver Canucks.

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game vs VAN 10.02.19

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FEATURE: Oilers core preaching playoffs as only goal

"I think the time is now for us to get on that other side of the road and be a team that competes every year for the Stanley Cup and gets into the playoffs," forward Zack Kassian said

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - After finishing the last on-ice session of Training Camp on Tuesday, Oilers players are ready for the long grind.

A new management and coaching staff set the agenda for a formative Camp, with plenty of new teammates and ideas helping change the mould and present a different-looking Oilers team that's set to begin its regular season against the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow at Rogers Place.

"It's a lot of new voices, new faces, and so far it's been a hard camp," defenceman Adam Larsson said. "Good pace and a pot of positive energy in here, so we have to carry that over to games and it starts tomorrow."

For players like Larsson, the new campaign serves as a clean slate and an opportunity to rectify past shortcomings in season's past. But that challenge will stretch far into the full 82-game slate.

"Not just tomorrow. We're talking the whole year here," Larsson said. "It's a new year for everyone, and it starts tomorrow and I think the group is really excited. It's been a long wait for the first game, so we're pumped up for tomorrow."

Video: OILERS TODAY | Hockey Eve 10.01.19

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