The Oilers made their preseason debut with a simultaneous double header with 2 games played in Saskatoon and Edmonton.
Oilers Squad #1 faced the Minnesota Wild at Rexall Place, yet fell to a 4-3 decision to the visiting side, led by Jared Spurgeon's game winner. The Wild put up 3 goals in the first, but squandered their lead in the second when the Oilers stormed back tie the game. Anton Lander, Magnus Paajarvi and Antti Tyrvainen, posted their first genos of the preseason.
Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 7 out 10 shots he faced throughout the game, while Taylor Hall could only muster 4 shots on net.
Jordan Eberle's game winning goal helped the Oilers Squad #2 defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in Saskatoon yesterday evening. In the second period, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins connected with Ryan Smyth who then slipped the biscuit past Hawks' Ray Emery.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins earned his first assist of the preseason, but the man-of-the-match was Ryan Smyth who collected a goal and two helpers.
The Oilers went on to defeat the Hawks by a score of 4-2.
The Oilers will now face the Vancouver Canucks at Rexall Place in Edmonton this Thursday.