Russell (lower body) will be available for Monday's Game 4 tilt with the Jets.
Russell hasn't suited up since April 29, missing the last 11 games with a lower-body injury. The 34-year-old tallied nine assists in 34 games during the regular season. He'll skate in a top-four role Monday.
Russell (lower body) will remain out of the lineup for Sunday's Game 3 against the Jets, Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 reports.
Russell's been sidelined by this injury since April 29. The prolific shot blocker could be running out of opportunities to return this season, as the Oilers trail 2-0 in their first-round series against the Jets and could be eliminated as soon as Monday if they drop both legs of their back-to-back set in Winnipeg.
Russell (lower body) skated on his own Saturday, but he won't be ready to play when Edmonton's first-round series versus the Jets gets underway Wednesday, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Russell's clearly making progress in his recovery, but at this point he should still be considered out indefinitely. The veteran blueliner picked up nine helpers and 75 blocked shots through 35 regular-season contests this year.
Russell (lower body) will miss the remainder of the regular season, and coach Dave Tippett said the defenseman's availability for the playoffs will be determined by when the postseason starts, Jason Gregor of TSn 1260 reports.
It sounds like Russell's injury is expected to linger for another week or so, as Edmonton's regular-season finale is scheduled for Saturday. The stay-at-home defenseman will finish the regular season with nine assists in 35 games, matching his production over 55 games in 2019-20.
Russell (lower body) is unavailable for Tuesday's game versus the Canucks, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Russell has played in only one of the Oilers' last six games. He is a key part of the penalty kill when he's in the lineup, but head coach Dave Tippett won't need to rush the veteran defenseman back with the Oilers having already clinched a playoff spot.
Russell (lower body) is not listed in the game-day lineup and thus will miss Saturday's game against Calgary, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Russell's next chance to return will come Monday against Vancouver, and it's still unclear as to the severity of the injury.
Russell is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Russell will be questionable for Saturday's clash with Calgary. If Russell's unable to go, Caleb Jones will likely draw into the lineup against the Flames.
Russell produced an assist in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Flames.
Russell set up James Neal's first-period tally Thursday. The 33-year-old Russell has only nine helpers, 41 shots on goal, 75 blocked shots and an even plus-minus rating through 35 appearances this year.
Russell notched an assist, three hits and two blocked shots in Monday's 4-1 win over the Canadiens.
Russell helped out on an empty-net goal by Devin Shore in the third period. The 33-year-old Russell has made few contributions on the scoresheet with eight helpers in 33 outings. He's added 38 shots on net, 38 hits and 73 blocked shots this season.
Russell produced an assist and four blocked shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime win over the Maple Leafs.
Russell set up Josh Archibald for a breakaway goal in the first period. Defensively, Russell accounted for half of the Oilers' blocks Monday. The 33-year-old has chipped in seven assists, 51 blocked shots, 28 hits and 28 shots on net through 25 appearances.
Russell (lower body) had two hits, a blocked shot and a plus-1 rating in 20:28 in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Flames.
Russell missed two games due to the injury. There was no easing back into the lineup for Russell, as Tyson Barrie left Monday's game with a lower-body injury, leading to the former posting his second-highest ice time of the year. Russell has six assists, 38 blocked shots, 22 hits and a plus-1 rating through 20 outings.
Russell (lower body) will play in Monday's game versus the Flames, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Russell has missed the last two games, but he'll be back in the lineup for Monday's Battle of Alberta. The 33-year-old has contributed six points through 19 games, but his best feature is his shot-blocking ability, as he's blocked 37 shots thus far.
Russell (lower body) will not play Saturday versus the Canucks, Brendan Batchelor of Sportsnet 650 reports.
Russell is set to miss a second game with the injury. His next chance to return is Monday versus the Flames. Caleb Jones will continue to play in Russell's absence.
Russell is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
It isn't clear how much time Russell will miss with his lower-body issue, but he'll be sidelined for Friday's game versus Ottawa at a minimum. The Oilers should release another update on the veteran blueliner's status once he's been given the green light to return to action.
Russell notched two assists, three blocked shots and two hits in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Flames.
Russell set up Jesse Puljujarvi's second-period tally and added a secondary helper on Connor McDavid's game-winner in the third. With three assists in his last two games, Russell's on an unusually productive run. He has only six helpers, 33 blocks, 19 hits and 19 shots on net through 17 outings. He should see consistent playing time until William Lagesson (upper body) returns.
Russell posted an assist, four blocked shots and two hits in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Russell had the secondary helper on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' tally in the second period. The 33-year-old Russell has four helpers, 30 blocked shots, 17 hits and a minus-1 rating in 16 contests. Mainly a defensive player, the Alberta native isn't likely to interest most fantasy managers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|05/24||@ WPG||L 3-4 (3 OT)||0||0||0||0||32:40|
|04/29||vs CGY||L 1-3||0||1||1||0||12:09|
|04/21||vs MON||L 3-4||0||0||0||0||15:53|
|04/19||vs MON||W 4-1||0||1||1||+1||17:19|
|04/17||@ WPG||W 3-0||0||0||0||0||17:35|
|04/10||@ CGY||L 0-5||0||0||0||-1||21:57|
|04/08||@ OTT||W 3-1||0||0||0||-1||19:42|
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