Will games resemble practice?

Jason Gregor
October 07 2014 03:35PM

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Two days remain until the Oilers open their 35th NHL season against the Calgary Flames. As I watched practice there we some interesting things unfolding on the ice.

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Weekend recap: Marincin to Minors

Jason Gregor
October 06 2014 12:26PM

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The Oilers finalized their roster yesterday, and Martin Marincin's demotion to OKC was the biggest surprise, but not a complete shocker from where I sit.

Marincin will be a fine NHL player, and because he starts the season in the AHL doesn't mean the Oilers have lost faith in him, it means they actually have some depth on the blueline. Finally.

Was sending Marincin down the right move? What about keeping Nurse? Or how Eakins used the preseason games to get his forwards ready for the season. We discuss all that and more in the weekend recap.

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Nikitin injury opens up roster spot

Jason Gregor
October 03 2014 07:32AM

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Nikita Nikitin injured his ankle last night and he will be out a few weeks according to Dallas Eakins. His injury opens up a roster spot for either Oscar Klefbom or Darnell Nurse.

Mark Fayne and Andrew Ference, Justin Schultz, Jeff Petry and Martin Marincin have spots locked up, while Keith Aulie is likely the #7 D-man, but with Nikitin going down Eakins and his staff will need to decide if they keep Klefbom or Nurse.

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GDB -2.0: Jobs on the line

Jason Gregor
October 02 2014 12:42PM

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When training camp started Dallas Eakins very clearly outlined the three forward spots that were up for grabs; two centre spots and the right wing slot on the 4th line. With only two preseason games remaining to impress the coaches, the battles for those spots have intensified.

Leon Draisaitl has made a strong case for one of the centre positions, but the other two slots are wide open.

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GDB -3.0: TIME FOR A CHANGE

Jason Gregor
October 01 2014 12:37PM

We get to see the new and improved Phoenix Arizona Coyotes at Rexall Place tonight. Okay, other than a new name, not much has really changed with the Yotes. Unfortunately, in some ways you can say the same thing about the Edmonton Oilers.

Just when it looks like they've made some progress, they seem to take a step back.

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