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    Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Scores Power-Play Goal in Loss

    Nugent-Hopkins was credited with a power-play goal in Thursday's Opening Night loss to St. Louis.Nugent-Hopkins didn't really have to do much to get on the score sheet. Alex Pietrangelo's clearing attempt deflected off him and past Brian Elliott at 17:22 of the first period. Nugent-Hopkins ended the game minus-3 and failed to record a shot on goal. The Oilers managed very little on offense against a more physical Blues squad. Nugent-Hopkins' struggles may continue until Jordan Eberle returns from a shoulder injury.

  • Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins Expects Breakout Season

    News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins expects this year to be his breakout offensive season, according to the Edmonton Journal.
    Analysis: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has yet to put up more than 56 points in a season but has worked hard this over the past couple of months to add bulk to his frame (195 pounds) so that he can withstand the rigors of the long NHL grind. Nugent-Hopkins could also be hearing the footsteps of first overall draft pick Connor McDavid, knowing that it could be just a matter of time until McDavid takes over the top line center role.
  • Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins Ruled Out For Worlds

    News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (foot) has been ruled out from participating with Canada in the 2015 World Ice Hockey Championships in May.
    Analysis: The 22-year-old was optimistic earlier in the week that his fractured foot would heal up in time to have him available for the tournament, but after consulting with the Edmonton medical staff, he decided it was in his best interest to sit out. That certainly has to come as a relief to the Oilers' brass, who surely didn't want Ryan Nugent-Hopkins suffering a setback during the showcase that would impact his availability for training camp. With a full offseason to recover, Nugent-Hopkins should return to the team at full health next fall.
  • Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins Hopeful For Worlds

    News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins revealed after Saturday's season finale that he cracked a bone in his foot when he he was struck by a puck in a March 30 game, Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal reports.
    Analysis: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was forced to sit out the Oilers' final six games of the season with the injury, finishing out the campaign with 24 goals and 56 points over 76 contests. The 22-year-old is hopeful he'll be fully recovered from the injury in time to suit up for Canada in the 2015 World Ice Hockey Championships in May, and expects to receive a verdict from doctors on that front by the end of thew week. If Nugent-Hopkins is cleared to play, he would likely need to wear protection on his skate to prevent the fracture from worsening.
  • Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins Out For Thursday

    News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (lower body) won't play Thursday versus the Sharks.
    Analysis: The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins failed to return to practice Wednesday. With only Saturday's game in Vancouver left on the schedule, it looks quite possible that Nugent-Hopkins won't play again this season, though coach Todd Nelson said the center hasn't officially been ruled out. With 24 goals, 56 points, and a minus-12 rating across 76 games this season, RNH has turned in production remarkably similar to what he posted in those categories in 2013-14 (24, 56, minus-12 in 80 games).
  • Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins Out Tuesday

    News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins won't play Tuesday versus the Kings, reports the Edmonton Sun.
    Analysis: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was unable to practice Monday, so his unavailability for Tuesday's game doesn't come as much of a surprise. His absence for a second consecutive game will allow coach Todd Nelson's experimentation with Taylor Hall at the top-line center spot to continue.
  • Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins Day-To-Day

    News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (lower body) remains day-to-day.
    Analysis: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who didn't practice Monday, doesn't seem likely to return to action before Thursday's game against the Sharks.
  • Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins Out With Lower-Body Injury

    News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will not play Saturday against Calgary due to a lower-body injury, the team's official web site reports.
    Analysis: He's an unexpected late scratch. The injury comes at a bad time as he's been hot with 12 points in his last 11 games.
  • Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins Has Three-Point Night

    News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins remained red-hot Saturday, scoring two goals and adding an assist in a win over the Flyers.
    Analysis: He's simply on a tear right now, racking up 14 points in his last seven games. Four of his last five outings have been multi-point games, propelling him to 53 points in 70 games on the season. Now that he's caught fire, make sure the 21-year-old is in your lineup, as he's already set a career-high in goals and appears to destined to also set a career-high in points.
  • Double Assists Again For Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins

    News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins produced two assists, including one on the power play, in Monday's win over the Maple Leafs.
    Analysis: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is enjoying his hottest run of the season. He's put up exactly two assists in each of his last three games, and has generated seven goals and 11 assists dating back to Feb. 10. The Oilers remain a mess -- Monday's victory was their first in eight games -- but Nugent-Hopkins has been able to overcome his team context of late, going a palatable minus-6 since the beginning of 2015. Continue to keep him active and ride the wave of scoring.