Nurse (ankle) is doubtful for the team's next two games, but the team is optimistic that he will be able to return Friday against Washington. The 2013 first-round pick has missed the team's last 34 games with the ailment, and it's clear that the Oilers are being cautious about getting him back in the lineup. While he hasn't showed much offensive upside at the NHL level (15 points in 96 games), Nurse was productive in major junior and has all the tools to become an elite two-way defender. Further updates on Nurse's health will likely be given ahead of Saturday's tilt.
Nurse (ankle) is likely to accompany the rest of the Oilers on a six-game road trip that begins in Chicago on Saturday, said coach Todd McLellan. It's important to note that the chief bench boss didn't specify exactly when Nurse will be available over that stretch of road games, but this latest report certainly indicates that he's getting close to a return. Nurse is a stay-at-home defenseman who racked up 60 hits and 25 blocked shots in 25 games prior to sustaining his ailment.
Nurse (ankle) was able to practice Friday. The powerful defenseman is attempting to round out his recovery following surgery to repair ligament and bone damage in his ankle. Here's a guy who delivered 60 hits and 25 blocked shots in 25 games before sustaining the injury, so you know the Oilers will welcome him back with open arms once he's ready to return. Nurse's offensive game is still evolving, however, so there's no rush to pick him up unless you're in a specialty league where defensive stats weigh as heavily as the goals or assists -- we haven't seen many of those.
Nurse (ankle) required surgery to repair ligament and bone damage in his ankle and will be sidelined for at least 12 weeks, the team announced Monday. With four other defensemen already on IR, losing Nurse for the next three months is another huge blow to the Oilers' blue line. Prior to getting hurt, the 21-year-old was bogged down in a seven-game pointless streak. With Nurse sidelined, look for Kris Russell to fill the gap in ice time as much as possible.
Nurse (lower body) isn't expected to return before January, per head coach Todd McLellan. As you'd expect, Nurse is on injured reserve. Now, a whopping five Oilers blueliners are on that list, prompting the team to rely on minor-league call-ups such as David Musil and Dillon Simpson. Edmonton will miss Nurse's grinding ways; he's amassed 60 hits at a rate of 2.40 per game this season.
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