Player News - Oilers

Date: Team: Pos:

It looks as though the Edmonton Oilers are putting Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle back together again.

The Oilers have understandably experimented with different combinations due to injuries and the hopes of spreading the offensive wealth, but sometimes it's best just to simplify things and just go with what works. Edmonton faces the Calgary Flames on Saturday.
Dec 27 - 4:06 PM

Matt Hendricks (illness) could return to the Oilers lineup on Saturday.

Hendricks leads the Oilers in hits with 85. If you need him for anything else, don't put him in your lineup.
Dec 27 - 8:07 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.
Dec 27 - 8:05 AM

Viktor Fasth is expected to get the start in goal for Edmonton on Saturday according to the Edmonton Journal.

The Oilers are looking for Fasth or Ben Scrivens to take hold of the number one job and apparently it's Fasth turn on Saturday against the Flames. Fasth is a mediocre 2-8-2 this season with a 3.29 GAA and a .888 save percentage. That's not exactly an inspiring reason to use him in your lineup tonight.
Dec 27 - 8:02 AM

Mark Fayne leads the Edmonton Oilers with 71 blocked shots.

Fayne is playing in his first season with Edmonton after inking a four-year, $14.5 million contract. His willingness to get in front of shots has been valuable as no other Oilers' player has been doing so with any regularly. After Fayne, the next highest Edmonton player is Justin Schultz with 49 blocks in 34 contests.
Dec 26 - 10:28 AM

There's speculation that Leon Draisaitl might end up heading back to the Western Hockey League.

The Kelowna Rockets are attempting to acquire his WHL rights and they have ties with the Oilers. This will count as the first season of Draisaitl's entry-level contract regardless because he's long since reached the 10-game mark. However, if they send him down before he plays in his 40th game, then it will delay his eventual eligibility to become an unrestricted free agent by a year. Draisaitl has two goals and seven points in 34 games this season.
Dec 24 - 5:59 AM

Brad Hunt recorded an assist in a 5-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night.

Hunt also got an assist against the Coyotes in his last meeting with them. He now has a goal and three points in 10 games in 2014-15.
Dec 24 - 5:54 AM

Ben Scrivens lasted just five minutes in Tuesday's game against the Coyotes before he was replaced by Viktor Fasth in a 5-1 defeat.

Scrivens allowed two goals on just three shots in his abbreviated stint, but his replacement didn't fare much better as Fasth allowed three goals on 19 shots in his 55 minutes of action. The Edmonton goaltending situation is one to above for the time being.
Dec 24 - 1:27 AM

Justin Schultz scored the only Edmonton goal in a 5-1 loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday night.

The Oilers as a whole have been a gigantic mess this year and Schultz has not managed to separate himself from the team's difficulties. Brad Hunt and Marc Arcobello drew assists on the tally.
Dec 24 - 1:23 AM

Ben Scrivens will get his fourth start of the season against the Coyotes on Tuesday.

In Scrivens' three previous starts this season against the Coyotes, he's allowed 10 goals, however six came in his first go back in October. Regardless it is not recommended that you play him.
Dec 23 - 7:22 PM

Matt Hendricks is feeling under the weather, so he won't play Tuesday.

Luke Gazdic will suit up for the Oilers in Hendricks' place.
Dec 23 - 5:07 PM

Nail Yakupov doesn't feel like he's been doing anything wrong.

"I can say I do everything right," Yakupov said. "I work 100%. I'm not cheating (defensively). I'm not doing any bad stuff." His numbers certainly have left something to be desired though. He has just eight points and a minus-15 rating in 34 contests in 2014-15. We're not saying that Yakupov can't turn his career around as he still has that potential, but it's hard to recommend him in single-season leagues at this time.
Dec 23 - 8:52 AM

Jordan Eberle recorded an assist in Edmonton's 6-5 shootout loss to Dallas on Sunday.

It was Eberle's 20th point in 33 games this season. He's been underperforming this season, at least in the context of what he was able to do in previous years. When compared to the rest of the 2014-15 Oilers' team, he remains one of their best forwards.
Dec 22 - 8:29 AM

Mark Arcobello found the back of the net twice in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars.

Arcobello snapped a nine-game point drought. He now has seven goals and four assists in 34 contests this season.
Dec 22 - 8:27 AM

Teddy Purcell had a goal and two assists in Edmonton's 6-5 shootout loss on Sunday.

It was Purcell's first multi-point game since Nov. 7. He now has five goals and 17 points in 34 contests, which is a bit disappointing for him, especially when bundled with his minus-16 rating. He's capable of doing better, but we're not sure that he will, in part because the Oilers' offense as a whole has been just dreadful this season.
Dec 22 - 8:25 AM

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