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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:41 am 
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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Maybe, just maybe, things are turning around for the Edmonton Oilers. After a brutal start to the season, the Oilers have just one regulation loss in their last five outings. They are catching up to the pack in the Pacific Division. And, on Tuesday, the team traded Jussi Jokinen -- zero goals on the season -- to the Los Angeles Kings for Mike Cammalleri, who has 620 career points.
Cammalleri could debut in orange and blue when the Oilers (7-9-2) host the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues (13-5-1) on Thursday night.

"I'm excited to go there and have an opportunity to play," Cammalleri told the Oilers' website. "I feel great. I want to enjoy playing the game and Edmonton is a team that's pretty exciting to join. I know it hasn't been the start they were looking for, but it's a team that can honestly be as good as it wants to be. I'm looking forward to it."

Cammalleri spent Wednesday traveling to Edmonton. The question is whether the team will give him a day or two to get his bearings or whether he'll be thrown right into the fray on Thursday.

"He's a shooter," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "Since he entered the league, the one thing he's had is an incredible shot, a quick release. He knows where the net is. He's obviously still doing that; he's put some goals and assists up this year."

And, even before Cammalleri's arrival, the Oilers showed signs that they were shaking out of their offensive doldrums. The Oilers entered Tuesday's action as the lowest-scoring team in the league, but then scored eight against Vegas.

While the Oilers scored eight Tuesday, the Blues gave up six in a loss Monday at Calgary. And, they got Tuesday and Wednesday to think about it. It's common that teams play Edmonton and Calgary back-to-back -- or vice versa -- on road trips. But it's unusual when the schedule-maker gives a team more than a day off between two cities that are just three hours apart on the highway. The Blues have been cooling their heels in Alberta, and they don't really like it.

"The bad thing is we have two days in between games, so we've got a day off," said Blues center Paul Stastny, who has 14 points in 19 games this season. "We have to just reset ourselves, kind of forget about this (Calgary) game or be (mad) about it and then get back to work with a practice in Edmonton and play another team that's hungry and that plays good at home.

"When we're playing our game, it doesn't matter where we're playing. Whether we're playing a top team in the Eastern Conference or a top team in the Western Conference, we know what makes us successful. When we get away from our game and we start playing into the hands of the other team, that's when we get into trouble. And that's what we've got to stay away from."

Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said the Blues will work on erasing mistakes in their own end, something that plagued them in the loss in Calgary.

"Time to tighten up," he said. "I think we're giving them all their opportunities. Most of them are just puck errors. Our goalies can only stop so many great opportunities. They've been great for us all year. It's about time we clean up in front of them."

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With a few days off, I expect the Blues' play will look different, especially in the 1st period. I wonder how that is going to affect their offense, though.

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And now that I'm paying attention, it's weird that they would play in Calgary on the 13th, then have to wait three days until playing in Edmonton. Did they just stay in Alberta the whole time? I mean, I hear the weather's nice there this time of year and all...

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Vladimir Sobotka - Paul Stastny - Alexander Steen
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Magnus Paajarvi - Oskar Sundqvist - Dmitrij Jaskin
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Chris Thorburn

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Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson - Colton Parayko
Robert Bortuzzo - Vince Dunn

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Jake Allen

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Blues need to score on this PP.

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Lousy job on that PP. The Blues never even set up, once! They'd better get these problems on the PP and PK cleaned up before mid season.

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Blues aren't going to lay down tonight! They aree feisty! Maybe that will get them playing better, Blues back on the power play.

Tarasenko hits the post!

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Blues need to kill off this penalty.

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Sobotka with the shorty as Talbot whiffs on a pass! Blues lead 1-0!!!
But The Oilers score on the PP right after. Boo!

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Yet anotherr penalty to kill.

Sundqvist blocks 2 shots, but has to crawl off the ice. The Blues kill off all but 12 seconds, which should be easy to kill at the beginning of The 2nd.

A mixed 1st Period of good and bad. The Blues better pull it together.

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Not enough time in the offensive zone. Not getting to the front of the net. Not getting shots to the front of the net. Really bad power play. While the Blues have 12 (i think) shots on goal, 4 of them were PK clears Talbot had to stop.

It's time to bring up one of the more talented kids to play on that 2nd power play unit and let them learn at the NHL level.

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Blues are back on the power play. Let's take the lead!

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Steen knocks in the rebound!! Blues lead2-1!!!

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Good to see Sobotka back on the ice. And Sundqvist too. But I don't remember seeing Gunnarsson back after that elbow to his head.

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Schenn scores on the 2 on 1! Goal scorer's goal high in the upper right corner!! Blues lead 3-1!!

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Steen is playing very well. The Blues just need to keep him off the point on the PP. He plays better down low. He's been playing well at ES the last few games. Schenn and Srastny have played well in this game.

Schenn scores his 2nd!! Blues lead 4-1!! Schwartz with the great touch pass feed!!

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Jori who?

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Blues can seal it on this PP. But they fail to do that. But only 4 minutes left with a 3 goal lead.

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Schwartz and Schenn both at 25 points now. Geez.

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Blues win!!! Great road win after playing 2 lackluster games. Everyone played pretty well.

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