Player News - Oilers

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Coach Todd Nelson said that the shoulder injury to Anton Lander may not be season-ending.

Lander had shown some promise this season with 11 points in 22 games before a bum shoulder put him on the sidelines. Look for Lander to compete for the third line job next season in training camp.
Feb 28 - 7:18 AM

Nikita Nikitin skated in practice for the first time since injuring his shoulder a month ago.

Nikitin was wearing a yellow non-contact jersey so he is still not close to returning. Nikitin is hoping to return in a couple of weeks so stay tuned.
Feb 28 - 7:07 AM

If he's not traded before then, Jeff Petry might be a healthy scratch on Saturday.

That would just be Edmonton's way of making sure Petry isn't hurt before the trade deadline. That being said, the trade market seems to have heated up ahead of the March 2 finale, so Petry might be traded before Saturday anyways. He has four goals and 15 points in 59 contests in 2014-15.
Feb 27 - 11:09 AM

Edmonton might be able to get a first-round pick in return for defenseman Jeff Petry.

After all, Los Angeles surrendered a first rounder to acquire Andrej Sekera from Carolina on Wednesday. Montreal, Anaheim, and perhaps Detroit are among the teams that might make a hard push for Petry, who is eligible to become a free agent this summer.
Feb 26 - 9:14 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had an assist in a 2-1 win against Minnesota.

Nugent-Hopkins has 16 goals and 37 points in 60 contests in 2014-15. At his current pace, he won't surpass his career-high of 56 points, although he should reach the 50-point mark for the third time. We'll be looking for more from Nugent-Hopkins in 2015-16.
Feb 25 - 9:47 AM

Jordan Eberle had two assists in a 2-1 victory against Minnesota Tuesday night.

Eberle has had three multi-point games in his last six contests. He has 15 goals and 43 points in 61 contests in 2014-15. He's been superb since the start of 2015 with 22 points in 24 games and he should keep this up for the remainder of the campaign.
Feb 25 - 9:42 AM

Benoit Pouliot scored a pair of goals for Edmonton Tuesday and carried his teammates to a 2-1 victory over the Wild.

Pouliot has been a pleasant surprise this season and has been one of the few Oilers to post a positive plus/minus rating. Jordan Eberle picked up assists on each of his goals in the contest.
Feb 25 - 12:06 AM

Ben Scrivens turned aside 33 of 34 shots on Tuesday as he lifted the Oilers to a 2-1 win over Minnesota.

Scrivens outdueled the red-hot Devan Dubynk for the win so he receives full marks for this result. He owns a 12-19-7 record, a 2.94 GAA and an .897 save percentage, but he should see plenty of action between the pipes down the stretch.
Feb 25 - 12:04 AM

Jordan Oesterle and Keith Aulie will be scratched against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Oesterle had a nice NHL debut on Monday night, but did not get onto the score sheet. He has six goals and 21 points in 49 AHL games this season, though. Aulie has seen just five games since the turn of the calendar.
Feb 24 - 7:42 PM

Ben Scrivens will get the start against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Through 41 games this season, Scrivens owns a 11-19-7 record with a .895 save percentage and a 2.99 GAA. He's also tied with seven others with seven Really Bad starts, or third most in the league. RBS is any start with a sub-.885 save percentage, or stopping just 17 of every 20 shots. Scrivens is also winless in three career starts versus the Wild with 11 goals against. So you may want to find a more favorable matchup.
Feb 24 - 5:53 PM

Nail Yakupov will not play on Tuesday due to a tweaked groin.

Oilers coach Todd Nelson described this as a precautionary move and emphasized that Yakupov is just day-to-day. The timing is unfortunate though as Yakupov has been red hot lately with four goals and eight points in his last eight games. With Yakupov unavailable, Matt Fraser is likely to take his spot on the second line with Derek Roy and Teddy Purcell.
Feb 24 - 1:32 PM

Jeff Petry (ribs) will be back in the Oilers' lineup on Tuesday.

This could be Petry's last game with Edmonton as he's likely to be moved before the March 2 deadline. He has four goals and 15 points in 58 contests in 2014-15.
Feb 24 - 1:28 PM

Tyler Pitlick (lacerated spleen) took part in some of Monday's practice.

Pitlick hasn't been cleared for contact. There's no guarantee that he'll return before the end of the 2014-15 campaign, but he remains optimistic. "Everything is feeling good, I haven't been in any pain in a while, so that part is going good," said Pitlick. "And I'm getting on the ice. I just have to wait for my next scan and make sure everything is healed up and then I'll be able to take contact."
Feb 24 - 10:14 AM

Jordan Oesterle shone in his NHL debut on Saturday.

"He was excellent, for a guy that came in for his first hockey game in the National Hockey League, he was really good," said Oilers coach Todd Nelson. "He moved his feet, made good decisions with the puck. He handled himself fine in the corners. For the first game for a young defenseman, it was a nice game for him." Oesterle had two shots on goal in 16:34 minutes of ice time. He also has six goals and 21 points in 49 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Feb 23 - 11:01 AM

Jeff Petry missed his second straight game with bruised ribs.

The defenseman is expected to be dealt before the March 2 trade deadline as he and the Oilers have not negotiated any extension to his expiring contract. He should draw a lot of interest from playoff-bound teams. Petry has four goals and 15 points in 56 games with a minus-25 rating.
Feb 22 - 7:11 AM

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