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February 21, 2021 01:28 AM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Slings helper in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell managed an assist, two blocked shots, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 7-1 win over the Flames.

Russell set up Connor McDavid's goal for a natural hat trick at 8:12 of the second period. The 33-year-old Russell also skated 20:50 in the contest -- Saturday was only the third time he's reached the 20-minute mark. With Slater Koekkoek (upper body) potentially out for a while, Russell's place in the lineup is likely safe. The veteran rearguard has three assists, 20 blocked shots, 10 hits and a minus-1 rating through 12 appearances.

February 18, 2021 12:40 PM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Produces helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell produced an assist, three hits, two blocked shots and two PIM in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Jets.

Russell got the puck to Tyler Ennis, who then fed Leon Draisaitl for the goal at 4:06 of the first period. This tally came just 21 seconds after Jesse Puljujarvi opened the scoring for the Oilers. Russell had sat out the previous three games as a healthy scratch, but he was a steady presence for an otherwise young Oilers blue line. Russell was in the lineup to replace William Lagesson, who left Monday's contest with an upper-body injury. The 33-year-old Russell has two helpers, 15 blocked shots, nine hits and a minus-3 rating through 10 appearances.

February 3, 2021 01:40 AM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Logs first assist of 2020-21
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell notched an assist and two PIM in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Senators.

Russell had the secondary helper on Jesse Puljujarvi's second-period goal. The assist was Russell's first point in seven appearances this year. The 33-year-old has added 10 blocked shots, seven shots on net and a minus-2 rating. A defensive veteran on a relatively young blue line in Edmonton, Russell's value is much higher on the ice than on the scoresheet.

October 21, 2020 05:12 PM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Lands one-year extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract extension with the Oilers on Wednesday.

This deal will keep Russell in Edmonton through the 2021-22 campaign. The veteran blueliner's ice time dropped dramatically in 2019-20, as he only averaged 16:47 per contest after averaging 20:25 the previous year, but he should continue to be a capable bottom-four option for the Oilers over the next two seasons. Nonetheless, he won't produce enough points to be considered a useful fantasy option.

March 8, 2020 03:00 AM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Bags helper Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell managed an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

Russell set up Caleb Jones' game-winning tally at 15:29 of the third period. The 32-year-old blueliner is up to nine assists, 100 blocked shots, 71 hits and a minus-1 rating through 54 contests this season.

March 3, 2020 08:12 PM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Good to go Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell (undisclosed) will play in Tuesday's game against the Stars, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

Russell blocked a shot in Monday's blowout win over the Predators and was deemed a game-time decision, but the 32-year-old is ready to rock. He'll line up on the third pairing with Matt Benning and look to add to his totals of eight points and 96 blocked shots over 51 contests.

March 3, 2020 01:52 PM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Game-time call
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with Dallas, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.

Russell is evidently still feeling the effects of the shot he blocked during Monday's 8-3 thrashing of the Predators. If he's unable to go, William Lagesson will draw into the lineup against the Stars.

March 1, 2020 01:00 AM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Quiet in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell (concussion) had a hit and a blocked shot in 14:59 during Saturday's 3-2 win over the Jets.

Russell returned after a 14-game absence. He was used in his usual third-pairing role, playing alongside Matt Benning. With just eight assists in 50 games, Russell isn't likely to make a splash in fantasy. He's added 94 blocks, 66 hits and a minus-2 rating this year.

February 29, 2020 03:52 PM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Returning to action Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell (concussion) was activated from IR and will play Saturday against the Jets.

Russell has spent the last 14 games on long-term IR, and his return is well-timed, as Mike Green (knee) has been ruled out 3-to-4 weeks. The 32-year-old Russell blocked 93 shots and posted eight points over 49 games before sustaining this concussion, and he'll likely draw into the bottom pairing in this contest.

February 28, 2020 02:36 PM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Game-time call
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell (concussion) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Jets.

This news comes as a bit of a surprise, as it appeared as though Russell's season might be over when the Oilers placed him on long-term injured reserve Monday, but that's clearly not the case. If the veteran blueliner is unable to go against Winnipeg, he should be ready to rejoin the lineup for Monday's game against the Predators.

February 24, 2020 05:08 PM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Shifts to LTIR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Oilers placed Russell on long-term injured reserve Monday, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.

This move helps free up cap space after the team acquired Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Ennis and Mike Green via trade. It also means that Russell's season is likely over, as the team won't be cap compliant unless they place another player on LTIR. Russell has produced eight points and 93 blocked shots over 49 games this year.

February 18, 2020 02:52 PM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Resumes skating
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to coach Dave Tippett, Russell (concussion) skated on his own Tuesday, but he's still not ready to return to game action, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.

Russell's presence on the ice Tuesday is certainly a step in the right direction, but there's still no timeline for the shot-blocking specialist's return to the lineup. He's still in the NHL's concussion protocol, so he'll need to be cleared before rejoining the lineup. Expect another update on his status once that occurs.

January 30, 2020 09:40 PM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Lands in concussion protocol
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell (concussion) was placed on injured reserve by the Oilers on Thursday.

It's unclear how Russell suffered the injury, but he will need to clear concussion protocol before returning to the ice. The 32-year-old has been a mainstay in the lineup for the Oilers, accumulating eight assists while averaging 17:01 of ice time in 43 games this campaign. His absence opens the door for Caleb Jones or recent call up William Lagesson to enter the lineup.

January 30, 2020 02:40 AM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Notches helper in shootout loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell picked up an assist, three blocked shots and two hits in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Flames.

Russell has had an unusually strong run with four helpers in his last six games. The defenseman has eight assists, 93 blocked shots, 65 hits and 39 shots on goal in 49 appearances this season. Russell may not be a lock for the lineup going forward with Matt Benning back from a head injury. Coach Dave Tippett may want to get Caleb Jones into games, which would likely lead to Russell or Benning taking an occasional turn in the press box.

January 19, 2020 02:36 AM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Records shorthanded helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell posted a shorthanded assist in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Coyotes.

Russell has three helpers in his last five games, although this was his first special-teams point of the season. The defenseman has seven assists, 90 blocked shots, 63 hits and 38 shots on goal in 48 contests. Russell typically doesn't produce enough offense to warrant fantasy attention.

January 10, 2020 03:00 AM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Back-to-back games with assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell posted an assist and two PIM in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Canadiens.

Russell skated only 11:46 in the game -- coach Dave Tippett likely wanted his top-four defensemen on the ice as the Oilers rallied. The 32-year-old blueliner has six assists, 89 blocked shots, 61 hits and 14 PIM through 45 contests. His increasingly limited role alongside youngster Caleb Jones makes Russell a non-factor in most fantasy formats.

January 7, 2020 03:08 AM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Ends drought with helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell notched an assist in Monday's 6-4 win over the Maple Leafs.

Russell went 20 games between points, his last being an assist versus the Sharks on Nov. 19. The 32-year-old is hardly known for his offense -- Russell has only five helpers to go with 89 blocked shots, 60 hits and 12 PIM in 44 outings this season.

December 21, 2019 05:40 PM
Oilers' Kris Russell: In midst of long point drought
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell has no points in his last 14 games.

Russell has amassed 25 blocked shots, 13 hits and a minus-6 rating in that span while serving on the third pairing. Russell hasn't skated more than 13 minutes in the last four outings -- the reduced role will keep the defenseman off the fantasy radar.

December 4, 2019 01:40 PM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell (personal) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with Ottawa, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

Russell missed Sunday's clash with the Canucks while tending to a personal matter, but he'll be back in there Wednesday, skating alongside the recently recalled Joel Persson on the Oilers' bottom pairing. The stay-at-home defender has already racked up 42 hits and 63 blocked shots in 28 games this campaign.

December 1, 2019 03:32 PM
Oilers' Kris Russell: Not suiting up Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell is away from the team after the birth of his child and won't play Sunday against the Canucks.

Russell should be ready to rejoin the team Wednesday against the Senators. Either Brandon Manning or Matt Benning are expected to take over on the bottom pairing in Russell's stead.

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