Coach Dallas Eakins was impressed by the play of Anton Lander on Saturday wjile giving him only 10 shifts.
Lander was recalled on Thursday from Oklahoma City of the AHL where he has nine goals and 15 points in 18 games. "He hasn't made any mistakes, we're going to rely on him for the penalty kill and on faceoffs he's helped us being a left-handed shot," Eakins said. Lander has no value in fantasy hockey at this time.
Jeff Petry was feeling better on Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with a head injury.
Petry was sandwiched by David Jones and Sven Baertschi into the glass and did not return to action. "Jeff's doing better this morning, we're cautiously optimistic that he dodged a bullet," coach Dallas Eakins said. He had six points and a minus-10 rating in 30 games. Consider Petry day-to-day for now.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins won 17 of 25 face offs on Saturday.
Nugent-Hopkins usually is poor on the draw as the great performance on Saturday only raised his winning percentage to 41.4 this season as he has now won 189 of 456 face offs. Nugent-Hopkins has six goals and 22 points in 29 games but his minus-12 rating hurts his fantasy value.
Roman Horak had a great offensive weekend in the minors.
Horak had two goals on Saturday and then added a goal and a helper on Sunday. He was acquired in the deal that sent Ladislav Smid to the Flames a month ago. He has four goals and nine points in 13 games with Oklahoma City of the AHL in the last month. Horak was considered a prospect when he came over from Europe and has played 82 games in the NHL with five goals and 18 points over three seasons including one game for Calgary this year. He is only 22 so he still has a chance to make it in the NHL.
Boyd Gordon (shoulder) could return to action this week.
Gordon has been participating in morning skates of late. He has missed the last three games and was also bothered by leg and hand injuries. He has five goals and 11 points in 27 games and has been terrific on the faceoff draw.
Ilya Bryzgalov (head) took some shots on goal Sunday.
Bryzgalov was injured eight days ago and suffered a concussion/whiplash injury so the fact he already was facing some shots before practice is a good sign. There is no definite date for his return but another 10-14 days seems realistic if there are no setbacks. "When it's your head or neck, you don't want to fool with it. When it's your leg, you can say a guy will be back in four days but anything above the shoulder, that's open-ended (return-date)," said Oilers' coach Dallas Eakins. Stay tuned as Bryzgalov has stopped 92 of 98 shots in his three NHL games this season.
Nick Foligno has eight goals and 16 points in 23 games this season.
Foligno's career high is 17 goals and 47 points so he is certainly on his way to beating those marks if he is able to stay healthy. He is also playing well defensively and is now on a top-two line with Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger. He is worth looking at in deep pools at this time.
Ryan Johansen is playing extremely well with linemates R.J. Umberger and Nick Foligno.
The trio have played together in the past and were put back together at the start of last week. In two games which were both wins, the troika had three goals, five assists and a plus-five rating. "Right now, all three guys are playing good hockey," Umberger said. "Ryan is just breaking in to what all he can do in this league. His confidence is building every night. That's a big part of it, the way he’s been playing. He's been great. But we've all started to jell. And we've played so many games together the last two seasons that it doesn't take long to jell." Johansen has four goals and eight points in his last six games and 10 goals and 22 points this season. Grab him in your pool if he is still available.