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Oilers' Sam Gagner: Slated to return Wednesday
Gagner (undisclosed) is projected to return to the lineup against the Bruins on Wednesday, NHL.com's Derek Van Diest reports.
Gagner sat out of Sunday's win over the Hurricanes, it appears this was a minor issue. The 30-year-old is expected to flank Gaeten Haas on the third line, and Gagner should return to the power play as well.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Evan Bouchard: Back with big squad
The Oilers recalled Bouchard from AHL Bakersfield on Wednesday.
Bouchard has capitalized on his offensive talent in the minors this season, racking up seven goals and 26 assists (33 points) over 50 games with Bakersfield. Unfortunately, the 20-year-old's minus-9 point differential with the club suggests he's still got some work to do to get up to speed on the defensive end.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Markus Granlund: Returned to minors
Granlund was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Wednesday.
Granlund's demotion could be an indication that Sam Gagner (undisclosed) will be good to go for Wednesday's matchup with Boston. In 32 NHL outings this year, the 26-year-old Granlund has notched three goals, one helper and 23 shots while logging 11:00 of ice time per game. This likely won't be the last call-up for Granlund before the end of the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Connor McDavid: Rejoining team
McDavid (quadriceps) will rejoin the Oilers in Edmonton on Tuesday.
McDavid has been rehabbing his injury in Toronto, so although his return to Edmonton can certainly be viewed as a step in the right direction, his return to game action shouldn't necessarily be viewed as imminent. The superstar pivot is one week into the 2-3 week recovery timetable he was given Feb. 11, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Oilers release an updated timeline in the coming days.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Kris Russell: Resumes skating
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.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' James Neal: Still needs at least two weeks
Head coach Dave Tippett said Neal (ankle) is still a couple weeks away from returning, Ryan Rishaug of TSN.ca reports.
This is a frustrating injury for Neal. He seemed like he was trending toward a return in early February, but he aggravated the injury and has now missed nine total games. The Oilers are using Sam Gagner (undisclosed) in the top six in Neal's place, but they'll need his scoring ability soon as they make their playoff push.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Oscar Klefbom: Will miss 2-3 weeks
Klefbom is expected to be sidelined for 2-to-3 weeks with a shoulder injury.
This is a huge blow to the Oilers and fantasy owners alike, as Klefbom has been a machine for Edmonton this season, having averaged 25:36 of ice time per contest while racking up 33 points, 151 shots on goal and 172 blocked shots in 59 games. Caleb Jones will likely be tasked with taking on a larger role while Klefbom, who will undoubtedly be placed on injured reserve, is sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Tyler Benson: First NHL point is assist
Benson earned an assist and went plus-2 in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes.
Benson had the lone helper on Josh Archibald's go-ahead tally at 15:01 of the second period. It was Benson's first point in four career games. The second-round pick from 2016 has racked up 36 points in 43 outings with AHL Bakersfield, but he's likely going to stay with the parent club while James Neal (ankle) is sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Darnell Nurse: Manages helper Sunday
Nurse recorded an assist, two hits, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes.
Nurse has points in consecutive games after scoring a goal in Florida on Saturday. The 25-year-old defenseman has registered 26 points, 139 shots, 138 hits, 107 blocks and a plus-3 rating through 59 contests this season. While his 41-point output from last year probably won't be matched, Nurse's all-around game makes him a solid choice in fantasy formats that reward lots of categories.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Oscar Klefbom: Offers power-play helper
Klefbom registered a power-play assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes.
The Swede also skated 30:57 in the game, the third time he's crossed the half-hour mark for ice time. Klefbom is up to 33 points (18 on the power play), 172 blocks, 151 shots and a minus-20 rating in 59 appearances this year.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Jujhar Khaira: Rakes in assist
Khaira posted an assist, three hits and two PIM in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes.
Injuries have depleted the Oilers' top lines, so Khaira got a turn in the top six Sunday. He assisted on a Leon Draisaitl tally in the first period. For the season, Khaira is up to nine points, 110 hits and 32 PIM through 52 contests. His helper Sunday snapped a 13-game dry spell.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Kailer Yamamoto: Buries power-play tally
Yamamoto scored a power-play goal on three shots but went minus-3 in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes.
Yamamoto sustained his point-per-game pace with nine goals and nine helpers through 18 outings. The 21-year-old winger has added 32 shots, 29 hits and a plus-12 rating so far. He's starting to get some first-unit power-play time, and while that could dry up when Connor McDavid (quadriceps) and James Neal (ankle) return, Yamamoto should remain a solid addition to fantasy rosters down the stretch.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Josh Archibald: Lights lamp twice against Canes
Archibald scored two goals, including the overtime winner, in Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Hurricanes.
The 27-year-old has never scored more than 12 goals in a season, but he looked like a skilled sniper Sunday. Archibald is on something of a hot streak, scoring six goals and 10 points in the last 14 games, but even with numerous injuries up front for the Oilers he remains stuck in a bottom-six role.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Leon Draisaitl: Three points in OT win
Draisaitl scored a goal and added two assists, one on the power play, in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes.
He opened the scoring for the Oilers in the first period, then set up Josh Archibald for the OT winner, chipping in a helper on Kailer Yamamoto's second period power-play tally in between. Draisaitl has found the scoresheet in five straight games and piled up a dazzling 11 goals and 33 points in 17 games since the calendar flipped to 2020, keeping him firmly in the lead in the NHL's scoring race.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Mike Smith: Comes up big in OT win
Smith made 28 saves in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes.
The veteran netminder was huge in OT, first denying Teuvo Teravainen then Sebastian Aho on clear breaks before Josh Archibald tucked home the winner for the Oilers. Smith is now 9-1-2 over his last 12 outings, posting a 2.63 GAA and .918 save percentage during that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Sam Gagner: Not playing Sunday
Gagner (undisclosed) didn't take warmups and won't play in Sunday's game versus the Hurricanes, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Gagner has failed to post a point in four straight games while accruing a minus-4 rating, so it's possible he's simply a healthy scratch. Markus Granlund will enter the lineup in Gagner's place.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Mike Smith: Set for road start
Smith will guard the cage for Sunday's road matchup with Carolina.
Smith has performed well in his past five starts, going 3-1-1 along with a 2.75 GAA and .914 save percentage in that span. The 37-year-old will likely be busy in net Sunday, as the Hurricanes sit sixth in the league in shots per game this season (32.9). Smith has perhaps deserved a better fate in his career against Carolina (4-10-4 along with a .922 save percentage and 2.63 GAA in 18 appearances).... See More ... See Less