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The Edmonton Oilers clinched the playoffs on Tuesday.

Edmonton will be heading to the postseason for the first time since 2006. The Oilers have endured a lengthy rebuilding process that involved plenty of false starts. Their fate really started to turn around last season though with the selection of Connor McDavid with the first overall pick. McDavid wasn't the first top pick the Oilers have had in recent years, but he's a generational talent they could build around - and that's what they've done as the Oilers have gotten tougher and improved defensively to finally become a playoff-bound team.
Mar 29 - 10:24 AM

Cam Talbot faced 35 shots and stopped all but one as the Oilers defeated the Kings 2-1 Tuesday night.

Talbot was playing like a goalie who wanted the victory that clinched a playoff berth. The rival Kings kept the pressure on all night with 11 shots in the first, 13 in the second, and 11 in the third. The action was focused on Talbot’s end of the rink for most of the night with the Oilers getting outshot in the first two periods. Finally in the third, they mounted a significant offense with a margin of 14 SOGs to 11. That lifts Talbot to 37-21-8 for the season.
Mar 29 - 12:08 AM

Eric Gryba scored the game winning goal at the 7:03 mark of the second and helped the Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Kings Tuesday night.

That was only Gryba’s second goal of the season, but it was one of the most important ones for the team this year. His game winning goal clinched a playoff berth for the Oilers. Gryba was an improbable hero. He only other goal this season came December 29 and he has not even had an assist in his last seven games.
Mar 28 - 11:54 PM

Matt Hendricks and Iiro Pakarinen will be scratched against the Kings on Tuesday.

Hendricks has posted seven points along with 27 PIMs, 37 blocks and 78 hits in 40 games this season. Pakarinen has picked up three points and 20 hits in 11 games.
Mar 28 - 8:01 PM

Eric Gryba will fill in for the injured Matthew Benning on Tuesday against the Kings.

Gryba has posted five points along with 44 blocks, 55 PIMs and 136 hits in 37 games thus far.
Mar 28 - 7:59 PM

Anton Slepyshev will tag in for Jujhar Khaira on Tuesday against the Kings.

Through 37 games this season Slepyshev has posted 10 points with 54 hits. Khaira meanwhile has one goal and 20 hits in 10 games thus far.
Mar 28 - 7:47 PM

Edmonton has signed Joseph Gambardella to a two-year, entry-level contract.

The deal will start next season, so Gambardella will report to the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL. During his fourth season with UMass-Lowell in 2016-17, he generated 18 goals and 52 points in 41 matches.
Mar 28 - 4:24 PM

Cam Talbot has been confirmed as Tuesday's starter.

He will face the Los Angeles Kings after he got Saturday's game off for some rest. Talbot has struggled in his past two appearances, which led to thoughts that fatigue could be catching up to him. He will look to get back on track Tuesday night.
Mar 28 - 2:56 PM

Cam Talbot will probably get the start Tuesday night.

The Oilers have leaned heavily on Talbot this season, but he got a breather on Saturday. He has a 2.40 GAA and .920 save percentage in 67 contests this season.
Mar 28 - 9:51 AM

Matthew Benning (foot) is dealing with swelling, but no broken bones.

Benning was close to being able to skate on Monday, per Oilers coach Todd McLellan. The 22-year-old's status for Tuesday's game hasn't been determined yet.
Mar 27 - 5:00 PM

Matt Benning (foot) avoided a serious injury, according to head coach Todd McLellan.

Benning left Saturday's game against Colorado after blocking a shot. Initially, the Oilers were worried that he suffered a broken foot, but that doesn't appear to be the case. "I don’t want to jump the gun but he looked pretty darn good," McLellan said. "He was walking around. He’s got a welt, but it doesn’t look like there’s anything broken. That’s a really good sign for us." Benning is day-to-day for now.
Mar 27 - 11:01 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are still in the hunt for top spot in the Pacific Division.

Not many people expected the Oilers to even make the playoffs this season, so the fact that they can still take top spot in their division is pretty impressive. Heading into Monday's action, they find themselves two points behind the first-place Ducks. "We’re right in the fight right now," said forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins "To win the division is obviously our goal. We’re just going to keep striving for that. At this point in the season, to be (challenging) for first is definitely a huge confidence boost for us. It’s not done, but from last year or years past it’s a huge jump for us."
Mar 27 - 10:57 AM

Cam Talbot got some much needed time off on Saturday.

The Oilers netminder gave up four goals in each of his last two games and was pulled in both efforts as he faced only 33 shots in total. Talbot has played in 67 games this season so a break from the action could only do him some good. Laurent Brossoit played well enough Saturday giving up only one goal to the Avs so the backup could get another start Tuesday against the Kings. Talbot is 37-21-8 with a 2.40 GAA and a .920 save percentage and has been a major factor in the Oilers rise to the playoffs this season.
Mar 26 - 8:55 AM

Matthew Benning took a shot off his foot in the third period and did not return.

Coach Todd McLellan said after the game that Benning was fine but we will mark him as sidelined for now. Benning had an assist in the 4-1 win and has three goals and 14 points in 57 games this season.
Mar 26 - 8:50 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has enjoyed his time against the Colorado Avalanche lately, including contributing to the Edmonton Oilers' 4-1 win on Saturday.

After collecting two assists against Colorado on March 23, RNH scored a goal and an assist on Saturday. He had gone the previous three games without a point and has seen somewhat irregular production lately, with a challenging run of games against California teams (both at home and on the road) beginning on Tuesday.
Mar 26 - 12:55 AM


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