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Oilers announce pre-season schedule

The Edmonton Oilers announced their eight-game pre-season schedule today. It’ll feature seven regular games in North America and one game against a team from the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany.

The Oilers will kick things off on Sept. 17 on the road against the Calgary Flames. They’ll make their first appearance at home on Sept. 20 against the Winnipeg Jets. It’ll be two against Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Calgary. We’ll also get to see one game against the Arizona Coyotes.

After they wrap up their seven standard pre-season games, the Oilers will head over the pond to Europe to take part in the 2018 NHL Global Series Challenge. Both the Oilers and New Jersey Devils will finish off their pre-season in Germany. The Devils will play SC Bern on Oct. 1 while the Oilers will face Kölner Haie, also known as the Cologne Sharks, in Cologne on Oct. 3.

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Kölner Haie is coached by Peter Draisaitl, so it’ll be an interesting experience to watch Leon Draisaitl play against a team with his father behind the bench.

“I think it will receive a lot of attention,” said Leon Draisaitl, a Cologne native. “It’s a pretty sport-fanatic city. They love their soccer and they love their sports teams. It’s pretty special for me personally to get to play against [Kölner Haie]. My dad actually coaches the team, so that will be pretty funny to play against them.”

After that, the Oilers and Devils will open up the regular season in Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Oct. 6.

Per the press release, details on individual game tickets for the Oilers pre-season games at Rogers Place will be released in July.

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Monday, Sept. 17 @ Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome 7:00 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 18 @ Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena 8:00 PM
Thursday, Sept. 20 vs. Winnipeg Jets Rogers Place 7:00 PM
Sunday, Sept. 23 @ Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place 6:00 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 25 vs. Vancouver Canucks Rogers Place 7:00 PM
Thursday, Sept. 27 vs. Arizona Coyotes Rogers Place 7:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 29 vs. Calgary Flames Rogers Place 1:00 PM

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  • Drivefastfinishlast

    Oilers should try and trade Lucic, retain 25% of his contract, and use the 1st round pick and trade for Duchene it maybe Hoffman,
    Buy-out Sekera, Keep Kelfbom.
    Sign and then Trade Benning the 2nd round pick for Petrovic.
    offer sheet Andreas Athanasiou.
    Keep JP down in the AHL this year since the farm team will be a lot better. There he can play PP, OT etc.
    Sign UFA like Vanek and Gabner.

    • OriginalPouzar

      I assume your offer sheet for AA is in the $2,029,660 – $4,059,322 range so the compensation is our 2nd round pick which you’ve then used twice.

      Why would you buy out Sekera when he is such a vastly superior d-man to Russell.

      Benning >>> Petrovic

      Vanek is going to want 2-3 years of term which we cannot/should not commit to.

      • Drivefastfinishlast

        -Oilers can use 2019 2nd round draft pick
        -Sekera won’t be the same player as he was a few years ago with his glass leg. Watch the Getzlaf hit again, didnt take much to injure him.
        – Russell is a 3rd pairing D and sure plays like one spending more time laying on the ice blocking shots. P
        -When is the last time Vanek got a 2-3year term.

    • Britts94

      Problems I have here;
      – Sekera was coming off a bad injury and entered half-way through the year, he might not be worth the 5+ that he makes but I don’t think he’s buyout worthy.
      – Benning + 2nd for Petrovic is the type of disastrous one-sided trade I expect from Chia.
      – Detroit will keep AA, unless a team offer-sheets for way too much, which the Oilers don’t have the cap room to do, and it wouldn’t make sense given the draft picks you’d have to give up for compensation.
      – JP is an NHL player.

  • Spydyr

    So after the team makes they playoffs for the first time in a decade they have a season where they fall flat on their faces. The special teams are in shambles so they bring in new assistant coaches. They will try to install and teach new systems . So instead of having a stable training camp to teach the new systems they decide hey why not travel to Europe to start the season.

    Because Oilers.