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GAME STORY: Golden Knights 6, Oilers 3

Vegas add three goals in 2:12 during the second period, score five unanswered to turn the tide in a 6-3 defeat for the Oilers on Hockey Fights Cancer night at Rogers Place.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Connor McDavid scored early, but the Vegas Golden Knights turned the tide in a span of 2:12 during the second period to lift themselves over the Oilers 6-3 on Hockey Fights Cancer night at Rogers Place.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game vs VGK 11.18.18

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers vs. Golden Knights

The Oilers finish back-to-back games against the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Place on Sunday.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers host the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Place on Sunday in the second of back-to-back games.

You can watch the game on 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 vs VGK 11.18.18

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COMMUNITY: Oilers bring support for Joey Moss at 2018 Iron & Frost Gala

Oilers players, staff and special guests fundraised in support of Joey Moss, the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society (EDSS) and Special Olympics Edmonton (SOE).

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson revealed the inside of his jet-black blazer, showing his name embroidered above the pocket on the left side surrounded by a pocket watch pattern of gold and black.

The momentous occasion of honouring Joey Moss, who has been a staple in the Oilers dressing room for 35 years, required an extra-special touch.

"I actually got it today, so I would say it's a special suit for a special night," Larsson said. "Every time he walks into the locker room, everyone gets in a good mood. He brings a lot of happiness and a lot of fun moments, and I think just seeing how happy he is around the team makes everybody smile a bit more."

The Swedish blueliner was among Oilers alumni, players and special guests at Rogers Place on Thursday night as members of the best-dressed crowd in Edmonton for the 2018 Iron & Frost Gala, this time in support of the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society (EDSS) and Special Olympics Edmonton (SOE).

Video: AROUND THE RINK | Iron & Frost Gala

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BLOG: Spooner embracing Oilers excitement

"There's a lot of skill there and their top-six forwards are some of the best players in the world. It's going to be fun to be a part of that," newly-acquired Oiler Ryan Spooner said.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB ­­- In a New York minute, Ryan Spooner became an Edmonton Oiler.

The forward's focus immediately swapped to the present and the role he can play for his new team and teammates this weekend in upcoming back-to-back games that begin with the first Battle of Alberta of the season in Calgary on Saturday.

A home debut against the reigning Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights follows the day after at Rogers Place

Talk about an introduction.

"I'll be flying in tomorrow [to Calgary] and meeting the team there for back-to-back games," Spooner said. "I'll try to get some rest tonight, pack up, and go from there."

A swap from blue and red to blue and orange hopes to be a welcomed change for the former Ranger, who recorded a goal and assist through 16 games this NHL season.

"At the end of the day, I just wasn't really playing up to my standard," Spooner admitted. "There are no excuses for that, and the fresh start here will do me good. There's a lot of skill there and I think I'll be able to fill in. I'm excited to join them."

Spooner, able to play at centre or wing, brings a versatile game and plenty of speed that can be slotted in seamlessly in the Oilers forward corps. The talent and notoriety surrounding a young Oilers team is an exciting prospect for the former 2010 second-round pick.

"There's a lot of skill there and their top-six forwards are some of the best players in the world. It's going to be fun to be a part of that," Spooner said.

"They started off well there and things are looking good. They have a lot of talent and skill and I'm excited to go in there, help the team, and just bring my skill and my speed. I just want to help out and its exciting times for sure."

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BLOG: Old connections revived for Spooner

The forward was drafted by Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli back in 2010, with Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian providing some familiar faces from his time in Boston and Peterborough.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - At the 2010 NHL Draft in Los Angeles, then-Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli called forward Ryan Spooner's name on stage in the second round at 45th overall to officially welcome him to the National Hockey League.

Eight years and five months later, now at the helm of the Edmonton Oilers, Chiarelli was the first to call the 26-year-old to welcome him to the Oilers organization, only this time by phone.

"He gave me a call right after it happened and I was surprised," the Ottawa, Ontario product said to EdmontonOilers.com. "We chatted and I told him how excited I was to get there and he said the same thing. Hopefully I can get back to playing the game I know I can play."

Spooner recorded 41 points (13 G, 28 A) in 59 games last season split between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, including 16 points in 20 games in New York after arriving in Manhattan as part of a deadline-day deal for Rick Nash.

With the Bruins under Chiarelli was where Spooner was also introduced to Milan Lucic, who played a role in helping him adjust to the league as a rookie after playing parts of three seasons with the big man in Beantown. Spooner's former Peterborough Petes linemate Zack Kassian is another familiar face he's excited to reconnect with as an Oiler.

"I actually played on the same line with him for a bit, too," Spooner added. "I was 21 or 22 when I played with him and he was great to me and always positive, so that was definitely something good to see.

"Then I actually played with Zack Kassian with the Peterborough Petes for two seasons when I was 16 or 17. He was my linemate there too. It's been a while, so I'm definitely excited to see him too."

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BLOG: Practice updates 11/16

The Oilers practiced at Rogers Place on Friday before departing to Calgary for the first Battle of Alberta on Saturday

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers practiced at Rogers Place Friday afternoon with their sights set on the season's first Battle of Alberta tomorrow in Calgary.

Get all the content from today's skate below.

Video: RAW | Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 11.16.18

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GAME STORY: Oilers 6, Canadiens 2

Oilers get three goals from the blueline, McDavid and Draisaitl record three-point nights as the Oilers defeat the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 at Rogers Place on Tuesday night.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Au revoir, and bonne soirée.

For the third-straight matchup between the Oilers and Montreal Canadiens, it's two points in favour of the Blue and Orange.

Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid had three-point nights, with Matt Benning notching his first goal of the season and an assist as the Oilers snapped their four-game losing skid with a 6-2 win over the Habs at Rogers Place.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game vs MTL

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs. Canadiens

The Oilers prepare to host the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Place Tuesday night

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers look to snap a four-game losing streak at the expense of the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Place on Tuesday night.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet West 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 vs. MTL 11.13.18

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FUTURE WATCH: McLeod adopting NHL mindset in Mississauga

The Oilers 2018 second-round pick is putting lessons learned from NHL pre-season into play with the Mississauga Steelheads in a bid to crack World Juniors with Canada

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - When you find a groove, you roll with it.

During this past Oilers Main Camp and NHL pre-season, centre Ryan McLeod found the formula.

The Mississauga Steelheads forward barely had time to decompress after impressing management and teammates alike with his blazing speed and playmaking ability in four-straight pre-season games with the Oilers back in September, where he recorded three assists.

McLeod's extended stint with the big club meant he'd miss the first two games of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) season, but the lessons learned for the Oilers 2018 second-round selection (40th-overall) would make up the difference. The 19-year-old has since helped his hometown Steelheads recover from a 0-2 start with a goal and five assists in his first four games after going deep into pre-season as one of the Oilers final 16 forwards.

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IN DEPTH: Ryan's Roots

Ryan Strome's summer schedule is packed making up for lost time during the season with his parents and brothers in Mississauga, Ontario. And he wouldn't have it any other way.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

RYAN'S ROOTS

BY JAMIE UMBACH

It's a rare occurrence finding Ryan Strome indoors during the summer months at his home in Mississauga, Ontario, but you wouldn't be hard-pressed finding him nearby.

His schedule, contrary to popular opinion surrounding NHL players and the off-season, is packed enough as is training for the new season and making up for lost time with his brothers and extended family that now includes his fiancée Sydney.

"We're actually a lot busier with training and family commitments than during the season," the Oilers centre said. "I train with a bunch of ex-Oilers like Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall, and also John Tavares and Jeff Skinner. We got a good group. It's pretty close to here and we skate and work out together. We kind of keep our group small, stay under the radar a little bit and do our thing.

"Then we're over at her parents' place for dinner at least twice a week, and Sunday nights are usually for Strome family dinners."

Luckily for them and Ryan's parents Trish and Chris, they're never far away during the summer in their own small pocket of Mississauga near the shores of Lake Ontario after putting down roots no more than five minutes from both their childhood homes.

On the same streets and in the same arenas he and his brothers Dylan and Matthew grew up skating in as members of the Toronto Marlboros, Ryan puts the finishing touches on preparing to depart for his sixth NHL season and second as an Edmonton Oiler.

Our scheduled rival at their home on a Sunday afternoon in August is already a deviation from the regular routine of the self-proclaimed homebodies who like keeping it contained within their own sphere of friends and family. That's usually enough work in itself.

"It can be a lot to handle," said Sydney, whose family lived close to the Strome's before she met Ryan four years ago and became engaged earlier this summer. "We both love our families and friends a lot, spending as much time as we can with them."

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