Player News - Oilers

Date: Team: Pos:

Nikita Nikitin is expected to miss a significant amount of time with a shoulder injury.

Just how much time isn't clear, but there's only about two and a half months left in the season to begin with. Nikitin has three goals and eight points in 34 games in 2014-15. Keith Aulie, who has been a healthy scratch for the better part of the season, will re-enter the lineup and play alongside Mark Fayne.
Jan 30 - 2:54 PM

Teddy Purcell had an assist in a 3-2 win against Buffalo.

Purcell has six goals and 21 points in 49 games this season. Don't expect him to do much more than maintain that pace for the remainder of the campaign.
Jan 30 - 10:49 AM

Oscar Klefbom scored his first goal of season Thursday night in Edmonton's 3-2 victory over Buffalo.

After Anton Lander outworked the Buffalo defenders to obtain the puck deep in the offensive zone, he came around the net and gave Klefbom a pass he could step into. Klefbom ripped his second career goal late in the first period, giving the Oilers a 2-1 lead. He now has five points through 27 games this season.
Jan 30 - 2:21 AM

Anton Lander had his first career multi-point game in Edmonton's 3-2 win over Buffalo on Thursday night.

Lander finished off a pretty passing play with Teddy Purcell for his first goal of the season, giving the Oilers a 3-1 lead midway through the third period. The goal capped off his three-point evening that included two assists on plays Lander outworked the Sabres in to set up his teammates. He now has six assists and seven points through a dozen games this season.
Jan 30 - 2:17 AM

Matt Fraser scored his sixth goal of season and added in two helpers in Thursday night's 3-2 victory Buffalo.

Fraser finished off a pretty passing sequence to tie the game at one ten minutes after Tyler Myers opened the scoring in the first. He also was a key contributor to the Oilers' other two goals for his first career three-point game. In a dozen games he now has three goals seven points.
Jan 30 - 2:08 AM

Ben Scrivens made 18 saves in Edmonton's 3-2 victory over Buffalo on Thursday night.

A win is a win is a win, but now Edmonton sits four points back of Buffalo for the last in the NHL. Or, the most likely team to decide between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. Scrivens meanwhile was solid in net, allowing one legit goal to Matt Fraser and one weird goal to Tyler Myers on 20 shots. Scrivens improves 9-16-7 with 101 goals against through 36 games this season.
Jan 30 - 1:10 AM

Ben Scrivens will get the nod for Edmonton against Buffalo on Thursday.

Viktor Fasth has been in goal for the Oilers' last three games and he won two of them before playing well in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Minnesota.
Jan 29 - 2:05 PM

Taylor Hall (leg) won't be in the lineup on Thursday against Buffalo.

"He's still day-to-day and going under treatment," coach Todd Nelson said. "I don't have any answer on when he'll be back. We just take it every day and see if he's getting better." Hall didn't take part in the morning skate and he didn't practice on Wednesday either after missing Tuesday's game with a bone bruise.
Jan 29 - 2:02 PM

Ben Scrivens hates the notion that the Oilers should tank in order to get a better draft spot.

"If anybody even insinuated to me that I was trying not to win, you'd have a fight I think," Scrivens said. "That's the most unbelievable thing you can say to a professional: try not to win this game." Scrivens added that it's "mind-blowing" that there's people out there thinking that the Oilers aren't trying to win. While it's not hard to buy into the idea that the Oilers are genuinely trying to win, they nevertheless bring this line of questionable upon themselves. Year after year they fail to be even a mediocre squad on the ice. They leave their fanbase hoping for some freshly drafted player to come save them because those currently on the roster haven't been able to prove that they're the answer.
Jan 29 - 9:21 AM

Taylor Hall's leg injury is a bone bruise.

Hall took a shot off his leg during Monday's practice and missed Tuesday's game as a result. He's day-to-day and questionable for Thursday's contest. If he can play, then Benoit Pouliot will likely slide off the first line.
Jan 28 - 3:42 PM

Oscar Klefbom had an assist in a 2-1 loss to Minnesota.

Klefbom has four assists in 26 games this season. We don't anticipate him having any fantasy value in standard leagues for the rest of the 2014-15 campaign.
Jan 28 - 10:52 AM

Viktor Fasth allowed just two goals on 29 shots but was saddled with the loss in a 2-1 defeat to Minnesota on Tuesday.

The Oilers had a ton of chances to give Fasth a different result in this game but in keeping with the disastrous season didn't help him out in the end. Fasth has two wins in his last three starts now however and the Oilers have showed some life with him in the crease of late. He is still a very risky play in any format.
Jan 28 - 12:58 AM

Boyd Gordon scored the lone goal for the Oilers in a 2-1 loss to the Wild on Tuesday.

It was Gordon's sixth of the year and second point in three games. He isn't a fantasy option in any format but was the only source of offense for the Oiler who had their chances in this game but got foiled by former teammate Devan Dubnyk. Just another night at the office for the Oilers this season.
Jan 28 - 12:49 AM

Luke Gazdic will lace up the skates Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild.

Gazdic will line up to the right of Matt Fraser and Anton Lander to form their fourth line. He was a prime contributor of PIMs last season with 127 in 62 games, but through 14 games this season he has just 16 PIMs. Making him a non-option for your squad.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 27 - 8:55 PM

Benoit Pouliot will skate on the first line to the left of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild.

This is a big opportunity for Pouliot, as he has just 10 goals and 16 points through 29 games this season. Only three of which have come with the extra man.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 27 - 8:52 PM


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