Player News - Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers have recalled Anton Lander from Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Lander had 27 points in 26 AHL games before the recall. He has been an effective AHL player but has yet to prove himself at the NHL level. This could be the time he finally establishes himself in the show.
Dec 20 - 8:08 AM

Matt Hendricks thinks the energy level in the dressing room has been higher since Dallas Eakins was fired earlier in the week.

The Oilers were a beaten club before the move, which should not be blamed on Eakins. "We’re tweaking our system, but the biggest thing is the energy level has been brought up," Hendricks said. "It’s just trying to get that cohesiveness back. Frustration is high and energy tends to run low when things aren’t going in the right direction. I think Nelly (Todd Nelson) and Mac (Craig MacTavish) have done a good job reiterating good points." MacTavish is currently behind the bench but will soon give way to Nelson for the rest of the season.
Dec 20 - 8:04 AM

Brandon Davidson has been sent to the minors.

Davidson has no points and a minus-one rating in four games with Edmonton in 2014-15. He averaged 14:12 minutes per contest.
Dec 19 - 1:13 PM

Jordan Eberle had an assist in a 4-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Eberle had been held off the scoresheet in his previous four games. Like the Oilers as a whole, Eberle has underwhelmed this season with six goals and 19 points in 32 games this season.
Dec 19 - 10:24 AM

Steve Pinizzotto scored a goal in a 4-3 loss to San Jose Thursday night.

Pinizzotto has two goals and three points in 15 games this season. He's not expected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues going forward.
Dec 19 - 10:20 AM

Oscar Klefbom (foot) returned to action on Thursday night.

Klefbom had a minus-1 rating in 22:27 of ice time during a 4-3 loss to San Jose. He missed two games with a foot injury.
Dec 19 - 2:39 AM

Boyd Gordon returned to action on Thursday December 18.

Gordon was back in the fold after sitting out five contests with a back injury. He scored a goal and won five of his nine faceoffs in a 4-3 loss to San Jose. Gordon has five markers and eight points in 28 games this year.
Dec 19 - 2:39 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his ninth goal of the season Thursday night, but the Oilers still fell to the Sharks 4-3.

It was a solid goal as he drove to the net, cleaning up the garbage to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead midway through the game. RNH now leads the Oilers in both goals with nine and points with 21.
Dec 19 - 2:08 AM

David Perron picked up a pair of assists in the Oilers' 4-3 loss to the Sharks on Thursday night.

Classic hockey secondary helpers. Perron dug through the muck along the offensive wall to keep the play alive and was fortunate to be part of the string of possession leading to the goals. Full marks to him for doing great work. Perron now has 12 assists and 17 points on the season.
Dec 19 - 2:05 AM

Ben Scrivens did not have a good night, stopping just 26-30 shots in the 4-3 loss to San Jose on Thursday night.

At some point you want to be forgiving because he's playing behind Edmonton's idea of defense, but he could have stopped each goal. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Scrivens is the worst starting goalie in hockey right now.
Dec 19 - 1:28 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have scored two or less goals in 14 of their last 17 games.

That's a big part of the reason Edmonton has only won once during that stretch. At this point the Oilers goals per game average is down to 2.06 in 2014-15. Only the Buffalo Sabres are worse. Given the quality of the skilled forwards in Edmonton, it's remarkable that the Oilers are struggling in even this aspect of the game. Still, it also highlights that Edmonton's 7-19-6 record might not be a fair representation of what the team is capable of doing this season.
Dec 18 - 9:11 AM

Brad Hunt had an assist in a 2-1 overtime loss to Arizona on Tuesday.

Hunt has a goal and two points in seven games this season. The 26-year-old defenseman is worth keeping an eye on as he has recorded 22 points in 17 AHL games in 2014-15.
Dec 17 - 8:39 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the only Oiler that could find the net in a 2-1 overtime loss to Arizona on Tuesday night.

Nugent-Hopkins snapped a beauty home short side on Devan Dubnyk for his eighth goal of the season and 20th point in 30 games. He now has points in three of his last four games and is on pace to pass his 56 points he totaled last year. The Oilers failed to capitalize on a 42 save performance from goalie Ben Scrivens in their first game post Dallas Eakins. Justin Schultz picked up an assist on the lone goal.
Dec 17 - 1:29 AM

Ben Scrivens made a season high 42 saves but it wasn't enough as the Oilers fell 2-1 to Arizona on Tuesday night.

Scrivens couldn't handle a laser beam shot from Oliver Ekman-Larsson with 0.3 seconds to go in overtime as Edmonton a heartbreaker. The Oilers' netminder really kept his team in the game during a second period where the Coyotes fired 27 shots his way. It has been a tough year all-around for the Oilers but Scrivens was certainly not to blame on this night. If you are starting an Oiler goalie you really must be desperate in any format.
Dec 17 - 1:17 AM

Ben Scrivens will get the start against the Coyotes on Tuesday.

For what it's worth, the Oilers own the last spot in the standings over the Hurricanes with one fewer win. The next-worst team after them are the Avalanche with 24 points in the standings.
Dec 16 - 8:41 PM

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