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Nikita Nikitin | Defenseman

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/16/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217
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Nikita Nikitin scored a goal in a 5-4 shootout win against Washington on Tuesday.
Nikitin has three goals and five assists in 32 contests this season. He had 32 points in 2011-12, but he hasn't done nearly that well since. We can't recommend owning him in standard leagues at this time. Jan 21 - 10:48 AM

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Nikita Nikitin (back) has been activated off of the injured reserve list.

Nikitin hasn't played since Dec. 3 because of his back problem. To make room for him, the Oilers have sent Brad Hunt down to the minors. Nikitin is projected to play alongside Justin Schultz in Tuesday's game against Los Angeles.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 04:09:00 PM

Nikita Nikitin (back) did not play on Saturday.

It was thought that the blueliner was ready to return after suffering a back injury that has kept him out of action since December 3, but it was not to be. He could return as early as Tuesday against Los Angeles so if you need to put him in your lineup, stay tuned.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:04:00 AM

Nikita Nikitin (back) could return to the Edmonton lineup on Saturday.

Nikitin was expected to be a veteran presence on the weak Edmonton blueline this season but he has been anything but. A back injury on December 3 put him out of action until now. If Nikitin is able to go, he will come off the injured reserve list and the Oilers will be forced to send someone to the AHL.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 08:05:00 AM

Nikita Nikitin (back) has been moved to injured reserve.

He missed Sunday's match against San Jose because of a back injury. Nikitin sat out three matches with back spasms in late October, so this could be a recurring issue for him.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 02:21:00 PM

Nikita Nikitin will be a game time decision on Sunday after suffering a back injury on Wednesday.

Nikitin missed practice on Saturday. They were relying on him to be an important part of the blueline corps but thus far that has not been the case. He has been having back woes for most of the season so Wednesday's injury cannot help. He has two goals and five points with a minus-six rating this season. If that helps your team then you are in big trouble.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 07:48:00 AM

Nikita Nikitin suffered a back injury in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Winnipeg.

Nikitin played just over seven minutes in the game before exiting with the injury. He should be considered day-to-day right now.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 11:44:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers are scratching Nikita Nikitin in favor of Keith Aulie against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

The $4.5 million per year defenseman has been disappointing so far, to say the least. There are some rumors that his back continues to bother him after having spasms earlier this year, but either way, it's disastrous for a team hurting this badly defensively to sit a guy who's getting paid so much. Tonight is a test for the ailing Oilers.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 01:47:00 PM

Nikita Nikitin played only two shifts in the third period.

It's unclear as to whether he was benched or there may be an injury but he failed to see the ice again after the 3:41 mark of the third. Nikitin has a goal and four points in 17 games with a minus-five rating.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 08:24:00 AM

Nikita Nikitin (back) returned to action on Tuesday November 4.

Nikitin was sidelined for three games. He had a minus-one rating in 21:12 minutes of ice time in his return.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 01:44:00 AM

Nikita Nikitin (back) is close to returning to the Edmonton lineup.

Nikitin skated with the Oilers on Friday but ended up missing all week with the injury. The Oilers are heading out on a five game road trip after their loss to Vancouver on Saturday but did not recall a defenseman from Oklahoma City leading to the belief that Nikitin is close to a return.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 05:29:00 AM

Nikita Nikitin (back) was able to skate with the Oilers on Friday.

Nikitin will be evaluated again on Saturday, prior to Edmonton's game against Vancouver. He has a goal and three points in eight contests in 2014-15.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 03:40:00 PM

Nikita Nikitin's initially undisclosed injury is actually back spasms.

Nikitin will probably have an MRI. He didn't take part in Monday's contest and wasn't on the ice for Tuesday's practice.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 02:43:00 PM

Nikita Nikitin (undisclosed) didn't participate in Monday's contest.

Nikitin was regarded as a game-time decision after receiving "maintenance" Monday morning. Nikitin has a goal and three points in eight games this season.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 10:37:00 AM

Nikita Nikitin will be a game-time decision Monday night.

He was receiving "maintenance" in the morning, according to coach Dallas Eakins, which has put his presence in the lineup in question. Nikitin has a goal and an assist in his past two outings and three points in his last five games.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 02:39:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Derek Roy
3Anton Lander
4Leon Draisaitl
5Boyd Gordon
LW1Taylor Hall
2Benoit Pouliot
3Luke Gazdic
4Rob Klinkhammer
5Matt Hendricks
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Teddy Purcell
3Nail Yakupov
4Matt Fraser
5Tyler Pitlick
D1Justin Schultz
2Andrew Ference
3Jeff Petry
4Nikita Nikitin
5Mark Fayne
6Keith Aulie
7Oscar Klefbom
G1Ben Scrivens
2Viktor Fasth