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Oilers' Kris Russell: Notches rare multi-point game
Russell scored a goal and tallied an assist Tuesday in a 6-2 win over Montreal.
Russell scored his first goal of the season, an insurance marker at 12:14 of the third period that gave Edmonton at 5-2 lead. The 31-year-old blueliner now has six points in 18 games. Considering a third of his present-day point total came in a single game, it's advisable to avoid Russell in fantasy, with the exception being in deeper leagues.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Mikko Koskinen: Bags home win
Koskinen allowed two goals on 29 shots in Tuesday's 6-2 win against Montreal.
If Cam Talbot continues to struggle or is forced to miss time with an injury, Koskinen has proven he can hold down crease duties. The 30-year-old Finn improved to 4-1-0 with a 2.52 GAA and .918 save percentage. After this performance, it will be interesting to see who Edmonton elects to start Saturday in Calgary.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Matt Benning: Picks up two points in home win
Benning scored a goal and assisted on another in Tuesday's 6-2 victory over Montreal.
Benning scored his first goal of the season Tuesday and now has four points in 14 games. The 24-year-old blueliner was moved to the second pairing alongside Darnell Nurse and has benefitted, seeing more opportunities in the offensive end as a result. However, we can't call Benning a stud in fantasy until he starts producing more consistently.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Connor McDavid: Three assists help bag home win
McDavid tallied three helpers in 20:27 of ice time Tuesday, all part of a 6-2 win over Montreal.
McDavid and Leon Draisaitl were reunited on the team's top line for Tuesday's contest. They combined for two goals, five assists and a plus-7 rating as the Oilers pulled away from Montreal in the third period of this one. Expect the dynamic duo to remain on the same line when the Oilers visit Calgary on Saturday. McDavid now has 26 points in 18 games.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Leon Draisaitl: Three points in home win
Draisaitl scored a goal on four shots and added two assists in Tuesday's 6-2 victory over the Canadiens.
Draisaitl now has seven goals in his last 10 games and wasted little time finding success with Connor McDavid after being reunited on Edmonton's top line. Given the production the Oilers saw Tuesday night, it would be surprising for them to change anything ahead of Saturday's contest with the Flames.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Tobias Rieder: Injury clarified
Rieder suffered an upper-body injury during Tuesday's game versus the Canadiens, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Rieder will be re-evaluated Wednesday, as he'll look to get healthy for Saturday's matchup versus the Flames. He has seven assists and 32 shots on goal in 18 games this year.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Tobias Rieder: Won't return to Tuesday's game
Rieder (undisclosed) exited Tuesday's game versus the Canadiens and won't return.
It's unclear what's bothering Rieder, and he logged just 6:17 before leaving the contest. If Rieder's injury is long-term, the Oilers will need to call up reinforcements from AHL Bakersfield since they only have Cooper Marody on the roster to replace him.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Mikko Koskinen: Between pipes Tuesday
Koskinen will tend the twine at home versus the Habs on Tuesday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Koskinen will make his fifth appearance and fourth start in the Oilers' last seven contests. The Finnish netminder made the jump from the KHL this offseason and appears to be challenging Cam Talbot for the starting job in Edmonton. It's probably too soon to call the 30-year-old the No. 1, but given the club's 8-8-1record, there is little room for error between the pipes.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Mikko Koskinen: Solid in relief appearance
Koskinen replaced a struggling Cam Talbot in the second period of Sunday's 4-1 loss to Colorado, stopping 12 of 13 shots in the process.
Koskinen took over for Talbot in the second period of Sunday's game, and despite being solid in relief, the damage was already done with Talbot having allowed three goals on 14 shots prior to the Finnish netminder taking over. Considering how much Talbot has struggled this year, Koskinen could get an opportunity to play more moving forward as Edmonton searches for consistency between the pipes. Next up is a home game against the Canadiens, who lead the league with 42 even-strength goals.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Cam Talbot: Pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots
Talbot was pulled from Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Avalanche after allowing three goals on 14 shots.
Talbot's night got off to a rocky start when Mikko Rantanen potted the game's first goal just 26 seconds after the puck had dropped. Neither he nor his skating teammates seemed very dialed into Sunday's home contest. The Oilers' netminder has now dropped four straight starts, plummeting his record to 5-7-1 with a 3.09 GAA and an .895 save percentage. He was replaced by Mikko Koskinen early in the second period.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Ty Rattie: Bags second goal of season in loss
Rattie scored a goal Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the Avalanche.
Rattie, through eight games, has recorded two goals and four points. He remains a risky fantasy play considering he's never once notched double-digit points and his career high for games played in a season is 14.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Kailer Yamamoto: Sent to AHL
Yamamato was assigned to AHL Bakersfield on Saturday.
Yamamoto worked on the top line with Connor McDavid while Ty Rattie nursed an abdomen injury, but he was more recently a healthy scratch. The 20-year-old's development will be helped more by playing consistent top-six minutes in the AHL.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi: Bumped to minors
Puljujarvi was assigned to AHL Bakersfield on Saturday.
Coach McLellan expressed that he has confidence in Puljujarvi developing into a "very good NHL player", but he needs more time in the minors. It will allow him to play consistent top-six minutes, too. The 20-year-old had one goal and zero assists in 11 NHL games this year.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Cam Talbot: Defending net Sunday
Talbot will start in goal for Sunday's game against the Avalanche, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Talbot carries a three-game slump into this outing, dropping each decision and recording a .867 save percentage and 3.79 GAA in that span. The Avalanche rank 24th in the league with a 46.98 Corsi For percentage and have lost five straight games, so it looks like a good opportunity for Talbot to get back on track.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Cooper Marody: Rises to big club
Marody was recalled by the Oilers on Sunday.
Marody's been a stud with AHL Bakersfield this season, producing 10 points in seven games. The 21-year-old has just two NHL games under his belt, and his first chance to play will be Sunday against the Avalanche.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Cam Talbot: Suffers third straight loss
Talbot made 29 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night.
Ugh. Just when we thought his game was settling, Talbot throws down a bad run. This was his third straight loss, a run in which he has allowed 11 goals. We keep hoping Talbot can resurrect his success from 2016-17. But hope really isn't a strategy. Use caution.... See More ... See Less