Nilsson was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Wednesday, Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal reports. Nilsson's struggles in net this season (3.14 GAA, .901 save percentage) haven't done him any favors with the club, and he's now been sent to the AHL affiliate as a result. The 25-year-old Swede will likely rejoin the team again later in the campaign, while Laurent Brossoit was recalled to take his spot as the backup goaltender for the time being.
Nilsson allowed four goals on just 11 shots in Sunday's loss to the Islanders. Nilsson started this contest, and though he was pulled early, he ended up re-entering after backup Cam Talbot proved just as ineffective. The 25-year-old hasn't recorded a win since Dec. 11 -- a night in which he surrendered five goals -- so it's difficult to trust Nilsson even when he does get the starting nod.
Nilsson will start in the crease Sunday against the Islanders. Nilsson made 11 saves on 12 shots in relief of Cam Talbot in Saturday's game, and will again be between the pipes Sunday. The start represents his first since Jan. 19 against the Lightning, and it will be a tough one against an Islanders club averaging 3.00 goals per game at home this season.
Nilsson stopped just 25 of 30 shots in Tuesday's 6-4 defeat to Tampa Bay. Nilsson logged another disastrous outing for the Oilers, allowing five or more goals for the fourth time this season. The netminder has posted a 10-11-2 record, which may be one more win then starter Cam Talbot, but has registered a miserable 3.04 GAA. If the 25-year-old is in the crease for Edmonton, it may be advisable to look elsewhere for a goalie.
Nilsson will be in the crease in Tuesday's game against the Lightning, Sportsnet's John Shannon reports. Nilsson was shaky in his last start, surrendering four goals on 21 shots en route to a 4-3 overtime loss to the Coyotes on Jan. 12. He'll look to bounce back Tuesday in a highly unfavorable matchup with a Lightning club that has won five consecutive games, potting at least three goals in each of those victories.
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