Koskinen repelled 43 of 44 shots in Saturday's 7-1 win over the Flames. The Flames were chasing the game almost from the start, leading to an inflated shot total against Koskinen. The Finn had no trouble despite the heavy workload. Koskinen improved to 7-8-0 with a 3.26 GAA and a .901 save percentage through 15 appearance. The best-case scenario for the Oilers is having both Koskinen and Mike Smith playing well, but that could lead to a fantasy-value-crushing timeshare between the two goalies.
Koskinen will defend the blue paint during Saturday's home game versus Calgary, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports. Koskinen was sharp in his last start Feb. 9 against the Senators, turning aside 40 of 42 shots en route to a 3-2 win. He'll attempt to secure his seventh victory of the season in a home matchup with a Flames team that's lost three of its last four games.
Koskinen surrendered two goals on 13 shots and took the loss in Monday's 6-5 loss to the Jets. Koskinen entered the game in relief of Mike Smith early in the second period. His entry into the game sparked a response from the Oilers, who tied the game early in the third, only for Koskinen to get beat by Blake Wheeler for the decisive tally. The 32-year-old Koskinen fell to 6-8-0 with a 3.43 GAA and an .894 save percentage in 14 appearances. It's unclear who will protect the Oilers' net in Wednesday's rematch with the Jets.
Koskinen will back up Mike Smith against the Jets on Monday. Koskinen was held out of Edmonton's Feb. 11 win over Montreal as a precaution after having close contact with a positive COVID-19 case. He wasn't placed in protocols and appears to have avoided missing any additional time.
Koskinen (not injury related) was not listed on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list and is expected to be active for Monday's game against the Jets, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports. Koskinen was held out of Thursday's game against the Canadiens for precautionary reasons after having close contact with someone that tested positive for COVID-19. He wasn't placed on the protocol list, which presumably means he tested negative and should be able to suit up Monday barring a positive test before then.
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