Coach Ken Hitchcock said Klefbom will be out weeks after injuring his hand in Tuesday's win over the Avalanche, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports. Hitchcock added that Klefbom would immediately head back to Edmonton to be evaluated by the Oilers' doctors. Expect Klefbom to be placed on injured reserve in the near future. Chris Wideman will likely see an uptick in usage during Klefbom's absence.
Klefbom exited Tuesday's game versus the Avalanche with an undisclosed injury and won't return. At the time of the report, the Oilers had a 5-1 lead so there is no need to rush Klefbom back even if it's just a minor injury. Klefbom failed to record a point in this game but still has three goals and four helpers in the last nine games, so missing time moving forward would damage the Oilers' blue line. Expect him to be reevaluated ahead of Thursday's game versus the Jets.
Klefbom scored with the man advantage and added an assist, helping his team earn a 3-2 win over Los Angeles on Thursday. After going the first 23 games without finding the net, Klefbom now has two goals in his past two games and five points in his past three. A point every two games is by no means bad for a defenseman, so he's worth a spot if you need help from your blueliners, but don't expect his goal-scoring surge to continue -- the majority of his points will continue to come via assist.
Klefbom scored a goal and fired six shots on net in Tuesday's 1-0 overtime win over the Stars. With the game scoreless, Klefbom received a cross-ice pass from Leon Draisatl and beat Anton Khudobin short-side to seal the win. It's Klefbom's first goal of the season in his 24th game, and he worked hard for it by firing 81 shots on net this year, including 23 in the last four games. He'll look to keep the shooting parade rolling into Thursday's game versus the Kings.
Klefbom had two assists during Sunday's 5-2 loss to Los Angeles. Klefbom registered his first multi-point night of the season, setting up both Edmonton goals during the one-sided loss. The two assists put the defender's season total to 10, but Kelfbom remains in search of his first goal this year.
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