Russell blocked five shots in Edmonton's series-clinching win over San Jose on Saturday. Russell collected 27 blocked shots in the opening-round series, which is second among all players in the postseason and a full six blocks better than Dan Girardi in third. That's about the only value Russell has had in fantasy, though. He has no points, seven shots and a minus-1 rating in the playoffs.
Russell will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's home game against Detroit, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports. The 29-year-old defenseman will watch from the press box Saturday after playing in five straight contests since returning from a mystery injury. Over the past five games, Russell tallied one goal and added 10 blocked shots, which is his specialty. By sitting out, he opens the door for Eric Gryba and Matt Benning to record some playing time.
Russell scored the game-winning goal against Florida on Wednesday. After missing five games with an undisclosed injury, Russell returned to the lineup Tuesday and had a minimal impact. His third-period tally was the difference Wednesday, though, and it was actually the 29-year-old rearguard's first goal of the season. Russell hasn't moved the needle offensively this season, but fantasy owners can still count on his willingness to block shots -- he averages 3.0 per game.
Russell (undisclosed) will return to action Tuesday against Edmonton, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports. The 29-year-old has missed the last five games due to injury, but considering he didn't notch a point in 25 straight games before being sidelined, fantasy players shouldn't rush him back into their lineups.
Russell (undisclosed) will miss his fifth straight game Saturday, as the Oilers travel to Chicago. The timeline for when Russell will be back is a bit dicey due to the fact there has still been no report on what the actual issue is. The defenseman is still traveling with the team, which is a reason for optimism that he may suit up at some point of the Oilers' six-game road trip. Matt Benning will continue to hold down the top defensive line, and Eric Gryba will stay on the third defensive line for the time being.
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