Player News - Oilers

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Nail Yakupov is wearing a full face shield after getting cut inside his mouth for stitches on Friday.

Yakupov was hurt in Friday's loss to New Jersey when he took a stick to his mouth, but played on Saturday with the protection. Yakupov has only three goals and seven points in 21 games with a minus-eight rating and likely does not warrant any time on your roster at this stage of his career.
Nov 23 - 7:35 AM

Ben Scrivens had a night he’d like to forget in the Oilers’ 7-1 loss to the Blackhawks on Saturday.

Scrivens played 2:45 into the second period before being pulled in favor of Viktor Fasth. Scrivens gave up five goals on 13 shots to blow up his goals-against to 3:35 and save percentage to .887. He has given up five goals in two straight starts. Fasth made 15 saves on 17 shots in relief and has a 3.37 goals-against and .890 save percentage this season.
Nov 23 - 1:18 AM

David Perron scored the only goal for the Oilers against the Blackhawks in a 7-1 loss Saturday night.

With just two goals and 10 points this season, Perron has been a disappointment all around. He was coming off a career year that saw him post 28 (team high) and 29, respectively. Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle picked up the assists.
Nov 23 - 1:17 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are scratching Nikita Nikitin in favor of Keith Aulie against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

The $4.5 million per year defenseman has been disappointing so far, to say the least. There are some rumors that his back continues to bother him after having spasms earlier this year, but either way, it's disastrous for a team hurting this badly defensively to sit a guy who's getting paid so much. Tonight is a test for the ailing Oilers.
Nov 22 - 1:47 PM

The Edmonton Oilers expect Benoit Pouliot to miss five-to-six weeks with a broken foot.

One would imagine that the winger will be placed on IR soon. He showed some potential to complement Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle in Taylor Hall's absence, although the team moved Hall back eventually even with Pouliot in the lineup.

Mark Fayne played against the New Jersey Devils for the first time since leaving over the summer as a UFA.

Fayne said that it was the first time he had ever played against ex-teammates as he has played for the Devils his entire NHL career and it's not like you can be dealt from a college team. He has been a force on the Oilers blueline this season, providing the team with some veteran leadership. "He quietly goes about his business and he doesn't make a lot of mistakes," coach Dallas Eakins said. "We desperately needed a guy like that on our back end who can just eat up minutes and play against the other team’s top two lines. He takes on some big heavy responsibilities and takes on those minutes very well. The other thing he’s brought, is his leadership is incredible. He’s a guy that we really rely on in our room to hold things together."
Nov 22 - 8:34 AM

Nikita Nikitin played only two shifts in the third period.

It's unclear as to whether he was benched or there may be an injury but he failed to see the ice again after the 3:41 mark of the third. Nikitin has a goal and four points in 17 games with a minus-five rating.
Nov 22 - 8:24 AM

Martin Marincin was back in the Oilers lineup Friday after being a healthy scratch the previous five games.

Marincin has an assist in 10 games this season as he played for the first time since November 7. He has no fantasy value.
Nov 22 - 8:21 AM

Viktor Fasth turned away 24-26 shots New Jersey sent his way on Friday night, falling 2-0.

Fasth had a real good game aside from the two goals, both of which seemed to surprise him. Whatever the reason, Edmonton now sits tied with Columbus with 14 points in the league standings, just two better (worse?) than Buffalo.
Nov 22 - 12:10 AM

Benoit Pouliot blocked a Marek Zidlicky shot in the second period on Friday night, breaking his foot. He'll be out indefinitely.

Pouliot was off to a slow start offensively with just eight points through the season's first 20 games before the injury, and had finally secured his place as an NHL regular by signing a five-year, $20M contract with the Oilers over the summer.
Nov 21 - 11:34 PM

Luke Gazdic, Keith Aulie and Jesse Joensuu will all be healhty scratches against the Devils on Friday night.

Losers of their last four with just one point in that time, it's tough to see where a trio of players who don't get a lot of ice time in the first place fit in. Gazdic, Aulie and Joensuu are all healthy scratches.
Nov 21 - 7:22 PM

Viktor Fasth is expected to start for the Edmonton Oilers on Friday

It will be Fasth's first game at home in 2014-15. He has a 3.63 GAA and .885 save percentage in six contests this season.
Nov 21 - 1:23 PM

Benoit Pouliot will play on the Edmonton Oilers' top line on Friday.

Pouliot is projected to skate alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. That's a great position for Pouliot to be in, although he's played alongside Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle at various points this season, so it's not like this is a new experiment.
Nov 21 - 10:52 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have moved Taylor Hall to their second line.

Hall will play alongside Leon Draisaitl and Teddy Purcell. The Oilers are trying to shake things up after dropping two straight games. Hall should be able to produce on the second line, which he probably won't be on for very long anyways, so we're not worried about this demotion.
Nov 21 - 10:49 AM

Kellan Lain has been dealt to Edmonton for Will Action.

Lain skated in nine games with the Vancouver Canucks last season, but he spent most of the year in the AHL with the Utica Comets. He has one assist and 20 penalty minutes in 10 minor-league games in 2014-15.
Nov 20 - 5:47 PM

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