Klefbom (leg) will play in Sunday's game in San Jose, Mark Spector of Sportsnet reports. The blueliner left Friday's game in the third period, but according to Klefbom himself, he'll be ready to go in Game 3. With 38 points in 82 games, he has proved to be a solid two-way defender.
Klefbom (leg) is expected to play Sunday in San Jose. Although he missed Saturday's skate, head coach Todd McLellan forecasts Klefbom playing Sunday. He went down in Game 2 after blocking a Brent Burns shot. Klefbom was an ironman all year, playing all 82 games while blocking 146 shots. If he is confirmed Sunday, he'll bring his special teams talents -- three goals and 13 assists on power play -- to an Oilers team in need of a critical road win.
Klefbom blocked a Brent Burns shot during Friday's Game 2 against the Oilers, sustaining an apparent left leg injury in the process, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports. The two-way defenseman headed to the training room in the third period, and after 18:23 of ice time. Klefbom is a special teams guru, having averaged 1:44 on the penalty kill with 16 man-advantage points during the regular season. AHL Bakersfield has been eliminated from playoff contention, so the Oilers will have plenty of call-up options in case Klefbom ends up missing his first game all year.
Klefbom assisted on all four goals in Thursday's 4-2 victory over the Sharks, with two of those helpers coming on the power play. Klefbom helped out on Connor McDavid's 30th tally of the season in the second period before playing a role in every goal of Milan Lucic's third-period hat trick. His five shots on goal were the most of any player for either team, as Klefbom has now put multiple pucks on net in 10 of the past 11 games. The 23-year-old blueliner is up to 201 shots after failing to crack triple digits in any of his previous campaigns, and has also set highs across the board with 36 points and a plus-6 rating.
Klefbom scored a first-period goal and registered five shots on net through 26:32 of ice time during Wednesday's win over Florida. The emerging Swede now has four goals, 10 points and 35 shots through his past 13 games, and he's climbed the depth chart to quarterback the No. 1 power-play unit. Additionally, and further boosting his fantasy value, Klefbom's most frequent forward linemate is Connor McDavid. The 23-year-old defenseman is a must-own asset in all seasonal leagues with significant upside, and he's currently presenting excellent value in daily contests.
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