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Todd McLellan was disappointed with his team's effort this weekend.

The Oilers were dismantled in Montreal on Saturday and looked even worse in an 8-1 loss to the Islanders on Sunday. "I don’t think we were were prepared to play before those goals against," said McLellan. "I was disappointed in the preparation and approach to the game. We got our butts handed to us in Montreal and we came in here and responded in a very inappropriate way. It’s very disappointing."
Feb 8 - 10:09 AM

Sunday's 8-1 loss to the New York Islanders was embarrassing for the Edmonton Oilers.

"It wasn't easy, that’s for sure," said winger Benoit Pouliot. "They got those quick goals back to back and we looked down a little bit and kind of went on a free fall. It sucks, it's tough allowing so many goals like that." The Oilers had a players-only meeting after an ugly weekend that also saw them get blown out by Montreal on Saturday.
Feb 8 - 10:07 AM

Already down 7-1 to the Islanders, Eric Gryba fought Matt Martin to kick off the third period on Sunday.

Gryba tacked on a roughing minor for good measure earlier in the game, giving him seven PIMs in 19 minutes of work.
Feb 7 - 6:21 PM

Zack Kassian played just 9:41 in Sunday's 8-1 loss to the Islanders, but managed to rack up 21 in PIMs.

They all came in the middle frame. Kassian took a ho-hum roughing minor mid way through the period, but wasted no time picking put the rest not 30 seconds after being released. Kassian fought Brian Strait and had a roughing, cross-check, and game misconduct tacked as well.
Feb 7 - 6:19 PM

Connor McDavid was the only reason Oilers had to smile during Sunday's 8-1 loss to the Islanders.

That's because McDavid batted home his seventh goal and 18th point of the season. He's not picked up points in three of his last four games, totaling two goals and six points in that span.
Feb 7 - 6:17 PM

Cam Talbot was shaky in his relief effort during Sunday's 8-1 beat down by the Islanders.

The former Rangers netminder allowed four goals on 20 shots in just 43 minutes of work. Though he didn't get saddled with the loss.
Feb 7 - 6:15 PM

Anders Nilsson couldn't make it out of the first period against his former club on Sunday.

Nilsson surrendered four goals on 16 shots in just 16 minutes of work, a deficit Edmonton would not overcome as they fell 8-1 to the Islanders. He's now 10-12-2 on the season.
Feb 7 - 6:13 PM

Darnell Nurse will be scratched from Sunday's match with the Islanders.

Through 44 games this season Nurse has posted eight points, 32 PIMs, 55 blocks, and 95 hits. Not too shabby for the rookie defender.
Feb 7 - 2:10 PM

Anders Nilsson will face the Islanders on Sunday afternoon.

Nilsson hasn't won a game since Dec. 11th, a span of seven games and five starts where he earned just a single standings point. He's rocking a .903 save percentage and 71 goals against in 25 games and 23 starts this season, which does not inspire much confidence in a start against the team that drafted him 62nd overall in 2009.
Feb 7 - 1:59 PM

Teddy Purcell recorded an assist in a 5-1 loss to Montreal on Saturday.

Purcell has 11 goals, 31 points, and a minus-four rating in 53 contests this season. This isn't the best showing he's ever had, but it's still a significant step up from 2014-15 when he finished the campaign with 34 points and a minus-33 rating.
Feb 7 - 5:18 AM

Brandon Davidson recorded an assist in a 5-1 loss to Montreal on Saturday.

Davidson has recorded a point in each of his first two games since returning from an undisclosed injury that sidelined him for two weeks. He has three goals and seven points in 36 contests in 2015-16.
Feb 7 - 5:15 AM

Benoit Pouliot scored a goal in a 5-1 loss to the Habs on Saturday.

His short-handed goal was his 12th goal of the season and his seventh point in his last seven games. He is a solid complementary player but remains too inconsistent to trust on an every games basis. The only advice we can give is to ride him while he is hot.
Feb 6 - 4:59 PM

Cam Talbot stopped 19 of 23 shots being being pulled in a 5-1 loss to the Habs on Saturday.

Talbot made some key saves but wasn't good enough for the Oilers today. After strong back-to-back games, he continued his inconsistent season today. Even with the poor performance today, he could still prove worthy of a spot on your fantasy team down the stretch.
Feb 6 - 4:56 PM

Cam Talbot will start in goal for the Oilers on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Talbot has given up three goals on a total of 75 shots over his previous two games and is red hot coming out of the all-star break. With the return of Connor McDavid, Talbot is getting an offensive boost that will help him improve his 11-15-3 record. The Oilers could be a sleeper team down the stretch of the season.
Feb 6 - 1:51 PM

Connor McDavid's next milestone is his first game in Montreal, which will take place Saturday afternoon.

"I’m really excited about it," McDavid said. "I played here last year in the World Juniors and it’s obviously one of the greatest hockey cities of all time. Definitely looking forward to it. Saturday, Hockey Day in Canada in Montreal, it doesn’t get any better than that." McDavid will be looking to stay hot after recording five points in two games since returning from a broken clavicle.
Feb 6 - 4:35 AM


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