Klefbom led the Oilers with 22:30 of ice time in Wednesday's season-opening win over the Flames. The 24-year-old defender played more than two minutes more than anyone else, which included time on the power play. He emerged last year with career-high marks in goals (12), assists (26), points (38), plus/minus (plus-7), power-play points (16), and shots (201). He's not Erik Karlsson, but he will be given the opportunity to build on last season's success.
Klefbom (undisclosed) confirmed that he'll play in Game 7 against the Ducks on Wednesday, Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail reports. There was never much doubt about Klefbom's status for this decisive contest after Oilers coach Todd McLellan told reporters that the defenseman "looked good" Tuesday, and saw work on the power play during the practice session. Fantasy owners in playoff pools shouldn't hesitate to deploy the two-way rearguard.
Klefbom (undisclosed) "looked good" during Tuesday's practice, and head coach Todd McLellan anticipates him being ready for Wednesday's Game 7 against Anaheim. Edmonton's defensive depth was already wearing thin before Klefbom was scratched from Game 6 on Sunday, as top-four defenseman Andrej Sekera (undisclosed) has been ruled out for the remainder of the series. A good indicator that Klefbom will be in the lineup for Game 7 is the fact that he worked with the first power-play unit Tuesday, but be sure to check back for official confirmation before Wednesday's puck drop.
Klefbom will not play Sunday's Game 6 in Edmonton due to an undisclosed injury. Klefbom took the ice for warmups but left after just a couple of minutes, per Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. It's likely that the blueliner sustained the ailment when he took a Cam Fowler shot up high during Game 5 on Friday. Griffin Reinhart will draw into the lineup in Klefbom's place Sunday.
Klefbom (illness) is in the projected lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Ducks. Klefbom missed Monday's practice due to an illness, but he was never in serious danger of missing Wednesday's contest. The 23-year-old blueliner was a key contributor in Edmonton's opening-round series victory over the Sharks, notching three points (two goals, one assist) and 11 shots on goal over six games. He'll slot into his usual role skating on the Oilers' top pairing and first power-play unit for Game 1.
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