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EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers have a brand new state-of-the-art arena, but it doesnt feel like home just yet. Rees Odhiambo Jersey .The Oilers played four preseason games at the new, 18,500-seat Rogers Place. But its not enough time to get used to a new ice surface, new boards and all of the idiosyncrasies of a new arena that give a team its home-ice advantage.The brand new arena is part of a $614 million downtown revitalization project that also includes a community arena, a Winter Garden common area and transit corridor.The opponent for Wednesdays home opener will be the Oilers fiercest rival, the Calgary Flames. Both teams missed the playoffs in 2015-16 -- in fact, the Oilers havent been to the playoffs since they lost to Carolina in the 2006 Stanley Cup final.For the Battle of Alberta to get back to what it was, you need the teams to get back in the playoffs, Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said. I think both teams are optimistic with their young players. Obviously, itll be exciting. That first one is going to be a fun one, we get to go into a new building and theyll be excited.The one advantage for the visiting Flames -- and any team that travels to Edmonton in the first couple of months of the regular season -- is that Rogers Place still feels new to the home team.I think were starting to get it figured out, Oilers goalie Cam Talbot said. I think everyone knows that there will be some bounces here that arent going to be favorable, sometimes off the boards the puck comes off pretty quick. The ice gets pretty bad near the end of the period and the puck is just bouncing everywhere.So, while the new arena has luxury suites, a loge level where food is brought right to the fans tables, and a home dressing room that looks like the ready room of the Enterprise, the one negative is the choppy ice.Remember that the Oilers old arena, Rexall Place, was consistently hailed for having the fastest, smoothest ice in the NHL. So, there might be an adjustment period for offensive stars like 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick Connor McDavid and his projected first-line mates, Jordan Eberle and Milan Lucic.According to Talbot, the Oilers will need to adjust to a surface where simple passes can hop over sticks and lead to turnovers.You just have to take it into account that the ice is going to be bad and make the simple plays, he said.Oilers center Leon Draisaitl agreed.Itll take a little while, for sure, Draisaitl said. We were in the other rink for so long, so it will take a little while to make this our home. But were really on a good way here, were on the right track. I can just feel it will be a great home for us.But the Oilers can look to the New York Islanders, who moved to the Barclays Center last year and sported an excellent 25-11-5 home record. Growing pains can be overcome.Roster news came fast and furious during the day before the season opener.The Oilers signed defenseman Eric Gryba to a two-way deal. Center Anton Lander, who scored just once in 61 games for the Oilers last season, was placed on waivers this week. Left winger Matt Hendricks and right winger Iiro Pakarinen will start the season on injured reserve.The Flames came to terms Monday with left winger Johnny Gaudreau (30 goals, 48 assists last season) on a new, six-year, $40.5 million contract. Calgary waived Brandon Bollig, the left winger who scored twice in 54 games the previous season.The Flames also sent right winger Linden Vey, who played 41 games for the Vancouver Canucks last season, down to its American Hockey League affiliate in Stockton, Calif.Kris Versteeg, who spent the preseason with the Oilers on a tryout basis, could play in Wednesdays game -- as a member of the Flames. The veteran right winger signed a one-year deal with Calgary immediately after deciding not to sign with Edmonton. Oilers coach Todd McLellan said the club offered Versteeg a deal, but the winger turned it down.The Flames also added defenseman Nicklas Grossmann, who played 58 games for the Arizona Coyotes in 2006-07.Earlier in the week, the Oilers signed defenseman Kris Russell, who played 198 career regular-season games for the Flames between 2013-16.Theres no friends on the ice, Flames center Matt Stajan was quoted as saying on the teams website. We wish him well. But come Wednesday, were enemies.After the teams face each other in the opener, they head to Calgary for Fridays rematch. Tedric Thompson Jersey . Having already announced that the race will start May 9 with three stages in Northern Ireland and Ireland and finish in Trieste on June 1, the rest of the route was unveiled Monday. Shaquill Griffin Jersey .Y. -- Injured Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno did not practice with the team Monday and head coach Ron Rolston said its unlikely hell play in Wednesdays season opener in Detroit. http:///...-nick-vannett-jersey . Louis Cardinals. Victorino is batting sixth and playing right field after missing two games because of back tightness. EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon has not lived up to its hype.The Ducks were picked to win the NCAA basketball title by Sports Illustrated and ranked No. 5 in the nation by one major poll, but have fallen to No. 23 after a pair of early-season losses.I think we are still getting it, senior guard Dylan Ennis said. Because we were ranked No. 5 to start the season, everyone expected us to be this monster team and we are still learning what to do. It is a new team with a lot of new guys meshing in. We will get it. Last year, we had a few growing pains and at the end of the year we got it right, so I think that will happen again this year.Oregon (5-2) has won three straight games heading into a matchup with Division II Western Oregon (3-3) on Wednesday night at Matthew Knight Arena.Oregons preseason hype was based on returning four starters from last year when the Ducks reached the Elite Eight before losing to Oklahoma. However, preseason All-American Dillon Brooks missed the first three games of the season following foot surgery and is coming off the bench to average 9.8 points in his first four games back.The 6-foot-7 junior was 1-for-9 from the field in a 68-63 win over Boise State on Monday while scoring five points in 21 minutes.He was sped up and had a bad game, Oregon coach Dana Altman said. He was trying too hard and going too fast and had a tough night. We know he is a good player, we have seen it the last two years. He has to slow down.Ennnis, a senior transfer from Villanova who missed all but two games last season due to foot surgery, has picked up his play in recent weeks, scoring a team-high 18 points against Boise State after scoring 15 in the previous win over Connecticut. George Fant Jersey. He had 39 points in his first five games.Coach talked to me as one of the leaders of this team and told me to relax, he said. I was really giddy the first couple games back. I needed to relax and play my game and coach kept confidence in me.Guard Tyler Dorsey has also played better lately with a team-high 19 points against UConn followed by 17 against Boise State. Dorsey had four straight games scoring in single digits before combining to go 13-for-23 from the field and 6-of-13 on three-pointers in the last two games.Oregon is in the middle of a nine-game stretch of games in its home state that includes the final seven nonconference games before opening Pac-12 play against UCLA and USC in Eugene.Weve just got to win, at the end of the day that is the biggest thing, junior guard Casey Benson said. We have to take care of business at home. These nonconference games are just as big so we need to step up and get some wins.Western Oregon is led by guard Ali Faruq-Bey with 13.7 points per game while forward Tanner Omlid averages 12.8 points and 7.7 rebounds. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 

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