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Andrej Sekera (knee) has been practicing with the team of late and could return to the lineup shortly.

Sekera has not played this season after undergoing off-season surgery on his knee for a torn ACL. He had eight goals and 38 points with a plus-14 rating last season and his presence on the blueline has been sorely missed. "I’m feeling much better," Sekera said. "I’ve been testing the knee in battles, starting to go full out in battles. Testing the knee and seeing how it reacts. I’m doing more and more on the ice and the same things in the gym before and after. I’m going to make sure I stay on top of it. The prognosis was end of December, start of January, but it depends on how it reacts to everything I do on the ice. Is it going to be pain free or there’s going to be any trouble? We’ll go from there."
Dec 11 - 6:52 AM

Laurent Brossoit allowed an early goal and the Oilers offered no offence in a 1-0 loss on Sunday night.

Brossoit stopped 22 of 23 shots in total, but the only goal he allowed 34 seconds into the game gave him his sixth regulation loss in 11 appearances this season. Brossoit has a 2-6-1 record this season with a 3.27 goals against average and .887 save percentage.
Dec 10 - 10:18 PM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins launched seven shots on goal in Sunday's game but he and the Oilers came up empty.

The Oilers fell 1-0 against Toronto on the road. RNH was riding a three-game points streak, and now has 11 goals and 21 points in 30 games.
Dec 10 - 9:47 PM

Laurent Brossoit will start for Edmonton on Sunday.

This will be Brossoit's second start in as many days, but the Oilers are leaning on him while Cam Talbot is sidelined. Brossoit has a 2-5-1 record, 3.52 GAA, and .880 save percentage in 10 contests this season.
Dec 10 - 5:53 PM

Yohann Auvitu scored his second of the season Saturday.

The defenseman was highly touted last year when the Devils signed him as a 27-year-old UFA from Finland but it did not work out as hoped for there. But the Oilers inked him in the off-season to a one-year deal and he made the team out of camp as their seventh defenseman. He has five points in 15 games thus far after a two goal, four point performance in 25 games last season. He does have upside if he is able to get a real chance including some power play time.
Dec 10 - 6:04 AM

Jujhar Khaira scored two goals as the Edmonton Oilers routed the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

Khaira scored once in the first and added another in the second, contributing to Carey Price's removal from the game. He now has five goals and nine assists in 16 games so far this season. He is on a bit of a hot streak, with five points in his last four games.
Dec 9 - 11:39 PM

Laurent Brossoit stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced on Saturday night as the Edmonton Oilers routed the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 at the Bell Centre.

Brossoit notched his second victory of the season in place of the injured Cam Talbot. He was solid, improving his record to 2-5-1 with a 3.52 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage. He is in a tough spot filling in on an Oilers team that is struggling to save its season.
Dec 9 - 11:36 PM

Drake Caggiula is a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against Montreal.

He has four goals, three assists and a minus-8 rating in 20 contests this season. Eric Gryba and Anton Slepyshev will also serve as healthy scratches tonight.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 9 - 7:24 PM

Cam Talbot (upper body) was on the ice again Saturday.

"We're going to take our time with him, but I think he's getting closer," coach Todd McLellan said. Laurent Brossoit will make his fourth consecutive start on Saturday night against Montreal in Talbot's absence.
Dec 9 - 4:45 PM

Nathan Walker will play his first game with Edmonton on Saturday night.

Walker is projected to skate alongside Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Strome against Montreal. Edmonton claimed Walker off waivers from Washington earlier this month.
Dec 9 - 4:40 PM

Laurent Brossoit will be between the pipes on Saturday night against Montreal.

Brossoit has a 1-5-1 record this season and he has won once in three previous starts since Cam Talbot went down due to injury. He has a 3.71 goals-against average and .877 save percentage in nine appearances this season.
Dec 9 - 11:41 AM

Adam Larsson (upper body) missed Friday's practice.

Larsson is expected to be absent for his fourth consecutive game on Saturday. He has three goals and four points in 25 contests this season.
Dec 9 - 5:05 AM

Cam Talbot (upper body) skated prior to Friday's practice.

Talbot did some drills before the Oilers began their morning skate. He's making progress, but won't be ready for Saturday's game.
Dec 9 - 5:02 AM

Brandon Davidson is looking forward to playing against his former team, the Montreal Canadiens, on Saturday.

Davidson had an assist in 13 games with Montreal before the Canadiens put him on waivers on Dec. 2. He was claimed by Edmonton and Saturday's contest should be his first game since then. He's projected to play on a pairing with Yohann Auvitu. "When I was picked up that was the one (possible date with the Canadiens) that I noticed right away," said Davidson. "Maybe I’ve got something to prove a bit. But, hey, I’m just glad to get into a game, get my rhythm back, and it just happens to be my old team."
Dec 9 - 5:00 AM

Based on Thursday's practice pairings, it looks like Brandon Davidson will draw into the Oilers' lineup on Saturday.

It would be Davidson's first game with Edmonton since he was claimed off waivers from Montreal on Dec. 3. Davidson had an assist in 13 games with the Canadiens. If Davidson does play, he will likely be paired with Yohann Auvitu.
Dec 8 - 4:16 AM


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