Player News - Oilers

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Leon Draisaitl scored a goal and registered an assist in Edmonton's 3-2 overtime win against Colorado on Thursday.

Draisaitl has 18 goals and 54 points in 56 contests in 2017-18. He'll finish below his 77-point total from 2016-17 because he missed some time this season due to injury, but nevertheless his 2017-18 showing has reinforced his status as a top-tier forward.
Feb 23 - 4:31 AM

Connor McDavid scored the overtime winner in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. He also added an assist and recorded eight shots on goal in 23:37 of ice-time.

McDavid scored his team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season for the Edmonton Oilers Thursday. Edmonton got goals from Leon Draisaitl and Zack Kassian, but the Avs responded with two of their own. The Oilers needed their captain to save them and he did, scoring his 27th of the season. McDavid has 27 goals and 69 points in 60 games this season.
Feb 23 - 1:30 AM

Cam Talbot made 28 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Talbot earned just his second win in his last eight decisions for the Oilers. His record improves to 21-23-2 with a 3.09 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
Feb 23 - 1:30 AM

Cam Talbot will get the start in Thursday's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Talbot has won just one of his last seven decisions. He owns a 20-23-2 record with a 3.12 goals-against-average and a .903 save percentage this season. This will be his 26th start in Edmonton's last 28 games.
Feb 22 - 6:31 PM

Drake Caggiula is dealing with an illness.

Caggiula will miss Thursday's game as a result. He has eight goals and 13 points in 46 games this season.
Feb 22 - 2:19 PM

Patrick Maroon is dealing with a lower-body injury.

The Oilers termed Maroon's issue as minor, but he won't play on Thursday. He has 14 goals and 30 points in 57 contests this season.
Feb 22 - 2:18 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Toronto Maple Leafs all reportedly have some interest in acquiring Mark Letestu.

Letestu previously played for Pittsburgh and Columbus, so there would be some familiarity there if either squad acquired him. In any scenario, he would provide a playoff contender with some extra veteran depth on their third or fourth line. The Oilers aren't likely to get much for him, but he can leave as an unrestricted free agent in the summer, so the Oilers might ultimately just take whatever's on the table.
Feb 22 - 5:22 AM

Milan Lucic has gone 23 games without a goal.

That's the longest goal scoring drought of Lucic's career. His previous worst was 20 games back when he was a rookie. This has been a rough campaign for him overall as he has nine goals and 30 points in 59 contests while he's usually good for around 20 goals. Of course, he's not the only member of the Oilers that's disappointed this season.
Feb 22 - 5:18 AM

Laurent Brossoit has been reassigned to the minors.

Brossoit was with the Oilers for a few days because backup goaltender Al Montoya was hurt. Brossoit has a 3.22 GAA and .886 save percentage in 13 games with Edmonton this season.
Feb 21 - 5:11 PM

Ryan Strome posted an unassisted goal in Tuesday's 3-2 loss against the visiting Bruins.

Strome gave the team a 2-0 lead and he added a blocked shot and a hit over 14:29 of ice time. He has lit the lamp in back-to-back games, including the game-winner at Colorado on Sunday. He posted a point in a season-high three straight games from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5, and that happened just once. Mostly, he has struggled at the offensive end and that makes him worth using only in deeper fantasy pools until the points come a little more regularly. The two-game goal streak is a nice start.
Feb 21 - 1:40 AM

Jujhar Khaira netted his ninth goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 loss against the Bruins.

Khaira gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead, and they carried that into the third period before the Bruins found their offense and skated away with a 3-2 comeback road win. It was Khaira's first goal since Jan. 20, and just his second since Dec. 27. He remains useful only in the very deepest of fantasy pools until further notice.
Feb 21 - 1:32 AM

Cam Talbot allowed three goals on 45 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 loss against the Bruins.

Talbot was peppered again, as the defense was nearly non-existent. The Bruins popped off 13 shots in the first period, 18 in the second and 14 in the third. Talbot was standing on his head, holding Boston scoreless through the first 44:37 before the floodgates opened for three goals. It's a recurring theme, as the Oilers have had plenty of power outages this season and lapses on defense, leaving Talbot out on an island. That's not good for his overall fantasy appeal.
Feb 21 - 1:29 AM

Iiro Pakarinen will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Boston Bruins.

Pakarinen has just one goal and one assist in 24 games this season. This will be the fifth consecutive game he watches from the press box. Yohann Auvitu will also serve as a healthy scratch in this one, while goalie Al Montoya is out due to a head injury.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 20 - 8:58 PM

Andrej Sekera (face) participated in Tuesday's morning skate.

Sekera might be ready to return as early as Thursday versus the Colorado Avalanche. If he isn't available to play by then he might come back during Edmonton's upcoming three-game road trip.
Feb 20 - 5:51 PM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (ribs) skated with the Oilers on Tuesday.

This marks Nugent-Hopkins' first skate with the team since he suffered a rib injury back on Jan. 13. He still probably won't be back until sometime in March.
Feb 20 - 5:47 PM


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