Nugent-Hopkins (illness) returned to practice Tuesday, reports Oilers web site. Nugent-Hopkins had missed practice Monday with an illness but was full go Tuesday and will play Wednesday versus the Blackhawks.
Nugent-Hopkins (illness) is still recovering from being sick and did not practice with the Oilers on Monday, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports. Nugent-Hopkins missing Monday's practice could put his status for Edmonton's next game in doubt. However, the Oilers next game is not until Wednesday night when they host the Blackhawks, so Nugent-Hopkins still has several more days to return to practice. His status for Wednesday will likely become more clear as it draws nearer.
Nugent-Hopkins was scratched for Saturday night's game against the Kings due to illness, NHL.com reports. Leon Draisaitl took Nugent-Hopkins place on the first line with Taylor Hall and Teddy Purcell.
Nugent-Hopkins was moved back up to the top line Tuesday, reports the Oilers web site. Coach Todd McLellan has been tinkering with his lines almost from the first game of the season but especially since Connor McDavid (collarbone) went down to injury and Jordan Eberle (shoulder) returned from his. Nugent-Hopkins was returned to the top line but as a right wing rather than at center. This is unlikely to last long and will probably only last as long as it takes Eberle to get back in game shape.
Nugent-Hopkins was centering the second line in practice Thursday, reports Oilers web site. Leon Draisaitl centered the top line which moved Nugent-Hopkins to the second line flanked by Nail Yakupov and Benoit Pouliot. This is a bit of a surprise as Draisaitl was just recalled from the AHL late last month but not with the intention of centering the top line but to play with Connor McDavid. It is unknown if this move is chiseled in stone or just the Edmonton coaching staff tinkering to find a combination that works.
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