Teddy Purcell RW EDM 3 Months

Purcell scored a first-period power-play goal in Thursday's loss to the Flames.

Assuming a third-line role for the Oilers, Purcell managed to tie for the team lead with four shots on goal in his 15:09 of ice time. Coach Dallas Eakins appears content to use Eberle and Yakupov as the right wings of his top two lines, but Purcell should make up for his lower minutes count through his work on an Oilers' power-play unit that is brimming with talent.

Teddy Purcell RW EDM 5 Months

Right winger Teddy Purcell said he got "yelled at a lot" for not taking more shots with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.

He recorded 156 shots in 80 games last season. In 400 career NHL games, he has taken 776 shots. His new teammate in Edmonton, Taylor Hall, has taken 797 shots in only 246 games. But Purcell said it's different with the Oilers than it was with Tampa Bay. "There are lots of guys here who can make plays, so I'll shoot more," he said. Purcell will be either the second- or third-line right-winger, depending on where Nail Yakupov is slotted. "I spoke to Dallas (coach Eakins) the day I got traded, and from what he says, he'll give me lots of opportunities," said Purcell, who was also on the power play in Tampa.Purcell had a breakout year in 2011-12 when he managed 24 goals and 65 points but slumped last season with only 12 goals and 42 points.

Teddy Purcell RW EDM 6 Months

Teddy Purcell was caught off-guard by his trade to Edmonton on Sunday.

Purcell seemed to be established in Tampa Bay but obviously that was not the case. "It's a bit of a shock and the phone is blowing up, but other than that it's all good," Purcell said. "Steve (Yzerman) left me a voice mail to call him so I figured something was up. Any time you don't see something coming it's obviously a bit of a shock. Once it digests and sets in, I think it's going to be a good opportunity for me to play some good minutes with a lot of good young guys, so it's going to be exciting. I think it's going to be exciting to play in a hockey crazy market and get a taste of what it's like up there. I think it was good for me to start in places LA and Tampa Bay where the media wasn't so big and the (hockey) markets weren't so big. It allowed me to find my way and become an established player. Now I guess I'm going to see what I'm made of, if I can handle it all. It's a true test of what kind of character you have."

Teddy Purcell RW EDM 6 Months

Teddy Purcell is on his way to Edmonton in a trade for center Sam Gagner.

The Oilers have lots of strength down the middle on their top two lines with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the third overall pick Leon Draisaitl and needed help on the wing so Purcell is now an Oiler. He had a breakout year in 2011-12 when he managed 24 goals and 65 points but slumped last season with only 12 goals and 42 points so a change of scenery could do him a lot of good. Look for Purcell to be a top-six forward in Edmonton next season and get back to the 55-60 point range.

Teddy Purcell RW EDM 8 Months

Teddy Purcell scored Tampa Bay's lone goal in Game 2 late in the third period, as the Bolts were stymied by Carey Price and the Habs during a 4-1 loss.

Victor Hedman and Valtteri Filppula earned assists on Purcell's late goal, which came when the game was out of reach. The Lightning were a bit undisciplined, and made some crucial defensive zone gaffes in the loss, which puts them down 2-0 in the series with two games in Montreal coming up. Purcell has an impressive seven goals and 18 points through 20 career playoff games.

Teddy Purcell RW EDM 9 Months

Teddy Purcell (flu) will play on Sunday after all.

Purcell was initially expected to miss the contest due to an illness. He has 12 goals and 42 points in 80 games in 2013-14.

Teddy Purcell RW EDM 9 Months

Teddy Purcell (flu) will miss Sunday's game against Washington.

It will be Purcell's second straight game on the sidelines. The good news is he'll have a few days to recover before the playoffs start.

Teddy Purcell RW EDM 9 Months

Teddy Purcell did not play in Friday's 3-2 win over Columbus as he was battling a nasty case of the flu.

We do not know if Purcell will be recovered in time to play Sunday against the Capitals. For now, consider him day-to-day.

Teddy Purcell RW EDM 9 Months

Despite his two goals Thursday against the Senators, Teddy Purcell has not had a particularly good season.

He has scored only 12 goals despite having a tremendous wrist shot. Part of the problem is that Purcell doesn't shoot enough. He is averaging under two shots per game and needs to be more unselfish around the net. "He [Purcell] has such a great shot," linemate Valtteri Filppula said. "It's just that "sometimes," goalie Ben Bishop said, "you have to pound it into his head to use it." Teddy, listen to your teammates. Crank it up more often!

Teddy Purcell RW EDM 9 Months

Teddy Purcell recorded a pair of goals for the Lightning in Thursday's 5-4 defeat of Ottawa.

Purcell, known mostly for his playmaking skills, broke a 19-game goal slump with his markers in this game, his 11th and 12th of the season. Ryan Callahan, Valtteri Filppula and Eric Brewer also scored goals for Tampa Bay in the win.