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Kris Russell | Defenseman | #4

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 173
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 3 (67) / CLM
Contract: view contract details

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It appears as though Kris Russell will be back in the lineup on Tuesday night.
Russell was paired with Ethan Bear during the morning skate and said he feels ready to return. Coach Todd McLellan mentioned that the line combinations were not set in stone and there could be some game-time decisions. Mar 20 - 5:16 PM

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Kris Russell (undisclosed) is doubtful for Saturday's afternoon game against the Panthers.

Russell is dealing with an undisclosed injury and might be available to play against Tampa Bay on Sunday if he can't go on Saturday.
Mar 17 - 11:12 AM

Kris Russell is considered doubtful for Saturday's game due to an undisclosed injury.

Even if Russell doesn't play on Saturday, there's a chance he'll come back on Sunday. He has four goals and 21 points in 68 contests this season.
Mar 16 - 12:16 PM

Kris Russell was scoreless with two blocked shots and a hit across 24:26 of ice time in Tuesday's 1-0 loss at Calgary.

Russell leads the NHL in blocked shots (205) by a wide margin, as he entered the day with 30 more blocks than his nearest competitor. The rearguard is also a decent source of hits (91) while posting four goals and 21 points over 67 games.
Mar 14 - 12:27 AM

Kris Russell (upper body) returned to action on Thursday March 1.

Russell was sidelined for two straight games. He had a minus-one rating in 23:07 minutes of ice time Thursday night.
Mar 2 - 3:04 AM

Kris Russell (upper body) will be a game-time decision Tuesday night.

Russell didn't play Sunday after he was injured Saturday. He has 21 points and 185 blocks in 61 games this campaign.
Feb 27 - 2:48 PM

Kris Russell (upper body) is questionable for Sunday's game against Anaheim.

Russell left Saturday's match against Los Angeles after he blocked a shot by Tyler Toffoli. He appeared to suffer an upper-body injury on the play.
Feb 25 - 3:40 PM

Kris Russell is on a three-game point streak.

Russell registered an assist on Monday, which also served as his 20th point of the season. This is the first time he's reached the 20-point milestone since 2014-2015.
Feb 13 - 6:11 AM

Kris Russell scored his third goal of the season in a 2-1 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

Russell hadn't scored since Nov. 30 against the Leafs. You may or may not have remembered how that game went down for him. The Oilers needed a shootout to dispatch the Ducks. The SO winner came from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Russell has three goals and 16 points in 41 games for the Oilers this season.
Jan 5 - 1:08 AM

Kris Russell has posted two goals, 15 points and a plus-4 rating through 39 games while posting 39 hits and an NHL-leader 116 blocked shots.

Russell has been one of the most willing NHL players to sacrifice his body in recent seasons. He has rolled up 1,023 blocked shots across his past 378 NHL games since the start of the 2013-14 season. He might not do much in the offensive categories any longer, but he remains a strong fantasy contributor in blocked shots.
Jan 1 - 10:50 PM

Kris Russell scored a goal and registered an assist in Edmonton's 6-4 loss to Toronto Thursday night.

That was Russell's second multi-point game of the 2017-18 campaign. He has two goals and 11 points in 26 contests. Given that he only had 13 points in 2016-17, this season is proving to be a big bounce back for him. He might even reach the 30-point milestone for the second time in his career.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 06:55:00 AM

Kris Russell generated a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Vancouver.

Russell opened the scoring with his first goal of the year just 1:08 into the contest. His assist came in the third period on a power-play marker by Ryan-Nugent Hopkins.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 01:44:00 AM

Kris Russell was scoreless with three shots on goal and seven blocked shots in Wednesday's win against the Flames.

Russell was busy sacrificing his body against his former teammates, doing what he does best. He also notched a hit and a minor penalty in 17:36 of TOI. He isn't much of a threat to score, but he'll dole out a handful of hits while racking up tremendous blocked shot totals to make him a crowd pleaser, especially in DFS.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 01:10:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers and Kris Russell have agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract extension.

That follows a report Thursday night that Russell and the Oilers were close to inking a trade that was for exactly that length and financial term. The report also suggested that he'd get a full no-movement clause, so we'll see if that part proves to be accurate as well. Russell's deal is a bit of a controversial one as he looks pretty bad from a Corsi/Fenwick perspective and hasn't brought much to the table offensively over the last two seasons. He does block a lot of shots though and averaged 21:13 minutes per game with Edmonton in 2016-17.
Fri, Jun 23, 2017 02:05:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly close to re-signing Kris Russell to a four-year, $16 million contract extension.

Russell's contract would also come with a full no-movement clause. Russell was limited to a goal and 13 points in 68 games in 2016-17, but he did average 21:13 minutes per game. From an advanced statistics perspective he also leaves something to be desired as his teams tend to do better in terms of Corsi and Fenwick when he's off the ice rather than on it. On the plus side, he does usually block over 200 shots per season, including 213 in 2016-17. His expiring contract was a one-year, $3.1 million deal.
Thu, Jun 22, 2017 11:50:00 PM

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