Player News - Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers will start Cam Talbot for their Saturday afternoon game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

It will be Talbot's 6th start of the season, and he will try to establish consecutive wins for the first time this season. He is 4-2-0 in 6 career games against the Flyers, posting an impressive 1.34 goals against average and .934 save percentage. Fire him up in every format.
Oct 21 - 12:12 PM

Leon Draisaitl (concussion) took part in Friday's practice.

That's a good sign, but Draisaitl won't be able to return on Saturday. It will be his fourth straight contest on the sidelines.
Oct 20 - 2:48 PM

Kailer Yamamoto recorded an assist in Edmonton's 2-1 win over Chicago Thursday night.

Yamamoto is on a three-game point streak and now has three assists in five contests this season. He got very little ice time initially, but Thursday's contest was the third straight game where he logged over 17 minutes. He'll likely see his role diminish once Leon Draisaitl (concussion) is ready to return though.
Oct 20 - 10:28 AM

Matthew Benning missed Thursday's game due to an illness.

It was Benning's third straight game on the sidelines. Oilers coach Todd McLellan did suggest that Benning would be available on Saturday if Edmonton needs him.
Oct 20 - 10:25 AM

Cam Talbot stopped 30 of 31 shots in Thursday's 2-1 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane beat Talbot by banking a shot off him and in the net, but that's the only offense Chicago mustered tonight. The win snaps Talbot's personal three-game losing skid. The Oilers goalie now owns a 2-3-0 record with a 3.17 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage this season. Expect those numbers to improve dramatically.
Oct 19 - 11:44 PM

Connor McDavid picked up a pair of assists in Thursday's 2-1 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

If you haven't seen McDavid's primary assist on Patrick Maroon's first-period goal, you need to watch it right away (click link below). The Oilers captain literally made a mockery of Chicago's top pairing of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook before finding Maroon. McDavid also helped set up Mark Letestu's power play goal in the overtime period. McDavid has now collected at least one in five of Edmonton's six games this season. This was also the second multi-point effort of the season for him. He has three goals and five assists in six games in 2017-18. He's the best player in the game.
Oct 19 - 11:36 PM

Jujhar Khaira will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

He has no points in three games this season. Don't expect him to carry any fantasy value as the season goes on. Matt Benning will miss the game because of an illness.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 19 - 8:39 PM

Cam Talbot will get the start in Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Talbot won his first game of the season, but he's now dropped three straight games. He has a 1-3-0 record with a 3.96 goals-against-average and a .880 save percentage this season.
Oct 19 - 6:18 PM

Leon Draisaitl (concussion) will accompany the Oilers on their upcoming three-game road trip.

Draisaitl has missed Edmonton's last two games, but he resumed skating on Monday. He won't be available for Thursday's contest, but he hasn't been ruled out for Saturday's game yet.
Oct 18 - 2:58 PM

Drake Caggiula (undisclosed) will accompany the Oilers on their upcoming road trip.

Caggiula is expected to remain on the sidelines Thursday, but if all goes well then he might be back on Saturday. He hasn't played since Oct. 7.
Oct 18 - 2:56 PM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins played in his 400th career game on Tuesday.

Nugent-Hopkins registered an assist in the contest. The 2011 first overall pick hasn't emerged as the offensive force people were hoping for, but he has established himself as a solid contributor in Edmonton. He has two goals and three points in five games this season.
Oct 18 - 5:04 AM

Kailer Yamamoto recorded an assist in a 5-3 loss to Carolina Tuesday night.

Yamamoto logged 22:20 minutes of ice time, which is night and day from his debut when he was on the ice for just 6:33 minutes. Part of the reason he's seen an increase in responsibilities is because Leon Draisaitl (concussion) is sidelined, but even accounting for that it's encouraging to see Yamamoto get that much ice time. Yamamoto has two assists in four games.
Oct 18 - 5:02 AM

Milan Lucic found the back of the net in Edmonton's 5-3 loss to Carolina on Tuesday.

Unfortunately Lucic was also minus-two in the contest, dropping him to plus-one this season. He has a goal and three points in five games.
Oct 18 - 5:00 AM

Leon Draisaitl (concussion) was on the ice again on Tuesday.

Draisaitl also skated on Monday, though he hasn't resumed practicing with the Oilers yet. On Tuesday, Draisaitl was wearing a heart monitor, though we don't know what that told them. As is often the case with concussions, there's no clear timetable for his return.
Oct 18 - 4:58 AM

Ryan Strome posted a goal with an assist, six shots on goal, a blocked shot and a hit in Tuesday's 5-3 loss against Carolina.

Strome was recently promoted to the second line, replacing Zack Kassian, and he rewarded coach Todd McLellan with an impressive performance. It's uncertain how long the newest Oiler will skate alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic, but so far so good.
Oct 18 - 1:21 AM


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