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AT THE MORNING SKATE
Game day in Nashville started with a new experience for Denis Grebeshkov: less than 24 hours after flying into Tennessee as an Oiler, the defenceman donned the Predators jersey and took to the ice for morning skate.
After Preds practice, Grebeshkov said that he's excited to call Music City home.
"I'm looking forward to it and I hope I'm going to help Nashville."
When asked if he's anxious about facing his former teammates so quickly, the soft-spoken defenceman was unsure.
"I don't know. We'll see. But I guess it's going to be weird for me," he admitted. "I'll be professional. It's part of the business. At some point I'm going to play against them so might as well just start right away."
Oilers up next
After Nashville's skate, Edmonton took to the ice at Sommet Center. Head Coach Pat Quinn ran the same lines as during Monday's practice, with Dustin Penner, Sam Gagner and Robert Nilsson on the top line, and Shawn Horcoff centering Ethan Moreau and Mike Comrie. Tonight's game is the first since February 14th for both clubs, and the Oilers are hoping the Olympic Break pays off in a win.
"We've only had two players participate in the Olympic Games so we have a relatively healthy, fresh group back so we have to make sure we capitalize on that," Associate Coach Tom Renney said. "In order to do that we have to push the pace and make sure that our change game is good, whereby we get pucks deep, we get off the ice hard, we go on the ice hard and really try to push the pace in Nashville if we can."
"I think that when you have a break like that, you really have to try to focus early and simplify things," forward Mike Comrie added. "For us to be successful and win tonight it's going to take all of us being on the same page and not trying to do too much."
The Oilers will also be trying not to think too much about Wednesday's trade deadline.
"There's some guys that are nervous about what their future has in store and that's on every team in the league, so everyone has to deal with it," Quinn said. "I think our jobs are the same thing: try to have your guys ready to play and ready to succeed and that's the way that we've approached today."
Andrew Cogliano's name has been mentioned in a few trade rumours over the past few days and he said he's "getting used to it a bit.
"It seems like I'm in a lot of rumours, but unless you hear from Steve (Tambellini) or the organization you don't believe in any of those. It's a situation where it's a business so you kind of go along with it."
MARQUARDT JOINS OILERS FAMILY
A few hours after practice, the business aspect was brought back into the forefront when GM Steve Tambellini announced another trade.
|Matt Marquardt |
Almost exactly 24 hours after the Oilers completed the Grebeshkov trade, the club moved another defenceman, prospect Cody Wild, to Boston in exchange for forward Matt Marquardt. Marquardt, 24, has appeared in 24 games with Bruins' AHL affiliate this season, tallying one goal and nine assists.
PREDATORS 4 - OILERS 3
Mike Comrie started the Oilers off right with the opening goal Tuesday night, but former teammate Denis Grebeshkov helped his new team bounce back by earning a primary assist and then go-ahead goal before the period was out. From that point, the Oilers and Preds traded goals throughout the game but the visitors were unable to jump ahead and suffered a 4-3 loss in Nashville.
Gilbert Brule and Marc Pouliot added a goal and assist each for Edmonton, while goalie Jeff Deslauriers finished with 24 saves.
Author: Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com, with files from Bob Stauffer