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The Edmonton Oilers have won only five times at home this season.

The Oilers are not close to a playoff spot due to their spotty home record and need to turn it around and quickly. They have been shutout at home twice in their last seven games and that sort of effort will not do. They are 5-10 at home and still eight points out of a playoff spot. Edmonton will try to turn it around when they take on San Jose at home on Monday.
Dec 18 - 7:23 AM

Jesse Puljujarvi scored the game winner Saturday.

It was his sixth of the season and fourth in his last eight games as he apparently has found a spot on the first line with Connor McDavid and Milan Lucic. He is not seeing any power play time at this juncture of his career but still is worth picking up as he has the speed to keep up with McDavid who is the fastest in the NHL. Puljujarvi has eight points this season in 16 games and the future is bright for 19-year-old.
Dec 17 - 7:10 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored shorthanded on Saturday.

It was Nugent-Hopkins 13th goal of the season and first shorthanded. The Oilers are tied for the league-lead with six shorthanded goals thus far. Nugent-Hopkins is having a nice season with 23 points in 33 games after getting 18 goals and 43 points last season in a full year.
Dec 17 - 7:05 AM

Cam Talbot stopped 29 of 31 shots in a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Talbot was solid in his return to action after missing seven games due to an upper-body injury. He did everything asked of him and was up to the challenge when the Wild had their opportunities. The 30-year-old goaltender now has a 11-10-3 record with a 2.96 goals against average and a .905 save percentage.
Dec 16 - 5:00 PM

Milan Lucic picked up a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Lucic was set up by McDavid moments after the power play expired to take a 2-1 lead with less than four minutes remaining in the second period. Lucic then picked up an assist on Jesse Puljujarvi's sixth goal of the year midway through the final period. Lucic is now up to 24 points in 33 games, with 13 in his last 14 games. He should be owned in every league considering he brings a blend of goals, points and penalty minutes.
Dec 16 - 4:52 PM

It appears the Edmonton Oilers will scratch Nathan Walker this afternoon against the Minnesota Wild.

Walker was claimed off waivers from Washington and failed to pick up a point in his only game with his new club. He will sit for the fourth straight game. Joining him in the press box will be Anton Slepyshev and Eric Gryba.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 16 - 2:00 PM

Leon Draisaitl continues to center what must be considered the Oilers' third line flanked by Ryan Strome and Jujhar Khaira.

Although Draisaitl is supremely talented and can create a lot of his own offense, that's certainly a come down from playing alongside superstar Connor McDavid. The good news is that Draisaitl will continue to get plenty of power-play ice time. We would adjust our expectations for Draisaitl a little bit so long as the Oilers deploy him in a third-line role.
Source: Oilers.com
Dec 16 - 12:55 PM

The Edmonton Oilers will have Cam Talbot in goal today against the Minnesota Wild.

It will mark his first start since he suffered his upper-body injury that cost him seven games on November 28th against the Coyotes. He has a 10-10-1 record with a 3.00 goals against average and .903 save percentage. Considering his poor play before his injury, you might want to turn to your other options in goal tonight.
Dec 16 - 12:39 PM

Nick Ellis has been returned to AHL Bakersfield.

Ellis had been summoned to serve as Laurent Brossoit's backup while Cam Talbot recovered from an upper-body injury. Ellis didn't get any playing time during Talbot's absence.
Dec 15 - 1:35 PM

Cam Talbot (upper body) has been taken off the injured reserve list.

Now that Talbot's healthy, Edmonton plans to use him on Saturday versus Minnesota. It will be his first game since Nov. 28.
Dec 15 - 1:34 PM

Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers recorded no goals in a 4-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

McDavid couldn't find the back of the net in the Thursday night loss to Nashville. He had a four-point night on Tuesday but was scoreless against Nashville. McDavid still has 12 goals and 39 points in 32 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 15 - 12:27 AM

Laurent Brossoit made 19 saves on 23 shots in a 4-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

In his last seven starts, Brossoit has been flip-flopping between wins and losses. The inconsistency has even reflected on their scoring as they scored seven on Columbus earlier this week, but gave Brossoit no run support Thursday. The goalie has a 3-7-1 record with a 3.22 GAA and an .886 save percentage.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 15 - 12:24 AM

Nathan Walker will be a healthy scratch on Thursday night as the Edmonton Oilers host the Nashville Predators.

Walker has one goal in eight games so far this season and has played just once for the Oilers since being claimed on waivers from the Washington Capitals earlier this month. Eric Gryba and Drake Caggiula will join him in the press box.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 14 - 9:33 PM

Laurent Brossoit will be Edmonton's starter on Thursday.

It will be Brossoit's seventh straight start as Cam Talbot continues to recover. Brossoit has a 3-6-1 record, 3.15 GAA, and .891 save percentage in 12 games this season.
Dec 14 - 1:09 PM

As suspected, Connor McDavid is over the flu that had been bothering him for weeks.

McDavid lost weight due to the illness, but he stayed in the lineup. "I was up and down honestly, some days higher than others, unpredictable but I lost a few," McDavid said of his weight. He added that he definitely didn't feel right. McDavid did chipped in offensively during the illness and now that he's healthy, he enjoyed a four-point night on Tuesday. He has 12 goals and 39 points in 31 contests in 2017-18.
Dec 14 - 10:07 AM


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