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Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nugent-Hopkins scored his first goal of the season -- a game winner -- as Edmonton knocked off the visiting Lightning 3-2 on Monday.
Impact: RNH made Tampa pay in the third period after Ondrej Palat gifted an awful turnover to Jordan Eberle, who grabbed the only assist on his goal. Now that the Oilers have gotten their first win of the season out of the way, look for the Oilers' top line of Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle and Taylor Hall to get on the scoresheet more consistently.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens turned aside 22 of 24 shots en route to his first victory of the season over the visiting Lightning on Monday.
Impact: It took five starts, but Scrivens finally erased the goose egg in the win column for the Oilers, who are now 1-4-1 on the season. Despite his solid play against one of the league's most formidable offenses in Tampa Bay, we wouldn't go scrambling to grab him (or any other Oilers netminder) off your wire just yet. It's probably best waiting for the skaters in front of Scrivens to prove they're capable of stringing a few wins together, first.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hall converted a second-period penalty shot Monday for his fourth goal of the year in a win over the Lightning. He also picked up an assist, fired three shots on net and was a plus-2.
Impact: Hall has been, by far, Edmonton's best player this season and Monday was no exception. He now has six points in six games and should continue to produce on a near-nightly basis for the Copper and Blue.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens will be in goal Monday against the Lightning, reports Tom Gazzola of Oilers TV.
Impact: Scivens will make his third consecutive start in net for the Oilers on Monday. During Friday's loss to the Canucks, he managed to stop 28 of 29 shots in his best start of the season. He'll try to continue his short-term success despite giving up a total of 11 goals in his first two starts.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fasth's groin injury is not as bad as originally thought.
Impact: The team didn't offer a timetable for Fasth's return, but it's certainly a good sign that he was already back on the ice rehabbing. Richard Bachman will continue to serve as Ben Scrivens' backup while Fasth is on IR.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gazdic (shoulder) believes he is still a couple of weeks away from playing, according to the Oilers' official site.
Impact: Gazdic has been cleared for contact and has been taking part in practice, but still needs to work off the rust and get into game shape.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens stopped 28 of 29 shots in Friday's loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Scrivens turned in by far his best outing of the season, but with the Oilers unable to get anything past opposing goalie Ryan Miller, his record fell to 0-3 on the season. The netminder made several impressive saves throughout the evening, even claiming first-star honors over Miller. While Scrivens' improvement is encouraging, the Oilers still look like a mess on both ends of the ice, which may make it difficult for the goalie to pick up wins with much regularity.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fasth will have an MRI on his ailing groin Friday.
Impact: The Oilers are hoping the MRI will shed light on the severity of Fasth's injury, after which a potential return timetable could be established. Richard Bachman is slated to serve as the top backup to Ben Scrivens while Fasth is out.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens will be in goal Friday against the Canucks, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: With a 5.22 GAA and .800 save percentage through three appearances, Scrivens has been abysmal in the early stages of the season, but with Viktor Fasth (groin) on IR, he'll hang on to the No. 1 job until further notice. The job security Scrivens will enjoy while Fasth is out will aid his chances of picking up more wins and saves, but his ratios could prove toxic to fantasy owners.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nugent-Hopkins (undisclosed) was on the ice for morning skate and looks likely to play Friday against the Canucks, TSN's Ryan Rishaug reports.
Impact: Nugent-Hopkins was forced out of back-to-back contests earlier this week with the injury, but his return to morning skate, as well as the Oilers' demotion of Bogdan Yakimov, bodes well for his chances of returning to action. However, it does appear Nugent-Hopkins won't return to his usual spot as the pivot of the top line, as coach Dallas Eakins chose to adjust his trios of forwards at morning skate. Instead, look for Nugent-Hopkins to center the second line, with Teddy Purcell and Nail Yakupov flanking him on either side.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pinizzotto was assigned to AHL Oklahoma City on Friday.
Impact: Pinizzotto was recalled by the Oilers on Wednesday strictly for insurance on the wing, as Jordan Eberle had been ruled a game-time decision for that night's contest against the Kings. Eberle was ultimately able to play and came out of the game without any apparent issues, making it unnecessary for the Oilers to keep Pinizzotto around any longer.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nurse was returned to his junior team at OHL Sault Ste. Marie on Friday.
Impact: Nurse served as a healthy scratch for the Oilers for the first two games of the season before cracking the lineup for a pair of contests earlier this week. The 19-year-old likely would have remained with the club had he thrived in his first taste of NHL action, but he failed to make much of an impact, logging no points, five hits and a minus-2 rating over those two games. He'll likely spend the duration of the season at the junior level, though the Oilers could consider bringing him back in the second half.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marincin was recalled from AHL Oklahoma City on Friday.
Impact: With the Oilers deciding to return Darnell Nurse to juniors Friday, Marincin will enter the fray as the club's seventh defenseman, though he could ultimately assume a regular role on one of the three pairings. The 22-year-old contributed no goals and six assists to go along with a minus-2 rating over 44 games with the Oilers as a rookie.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Hall had two goals and an assist in a 7-4 loss to Arizona on Wednesday night.
Impact: Hall had one goal in Edmonton's first three games this season.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Eberle had a pair of assists in a 7-4 loss to Arizona on Wednesday night.
Impact: It was the first points of the season for the Edmonton winger, who had 28 goals and 37 assists in 2013-14.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hall scored two goals and added an assist while skating to a plus-2 in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Hall found a way to rise above the Oilers' mediocrity in this one, bringing his point total to four in four games played this season. As long as his rough-and-tumble ways don't get the better of him in the injury department, the 2010 first-overall pick should again reach the point-per-game plateau this year.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens gave up a whopping six goals on 29 shots in Wednesday's loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Yikes -- that's 14 goals on a mere 67 shots across three appearances to start the season for Scrivens, who did nothing to instill confidence that he's ready for the starting gig in Edmonton while Victor Fasth (groin) nurses an injury. Unless you're desperate for goaltending, you may want to steer clear of turning your fantasy crease over to any Oilers backstoppers, at least until the team can find a way to play some defense.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Oilers recalled Bachman from AHL Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Impact: Bachman rejoined the Oilers after Viktor Fasth was injured in Edmonton's game on Tuesday and subsequently placed on injured reserve. The 27-year-old Bachman spent most of last season in the AHL, but did appear in three games for the Oilers, posting a 0-2-1 record with a .916 save percentage. The severity of Fasth's injury has not been revealed yet, but either way, Bachman doesn't figure to threaten Ben Scrivens' standing as the team's top goalie.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pinizzotto was recalled from AHL Oklahoma City on Wednesday by the Oilers.
Impact: Aside from a six-game stint with Edmonton, the 30-year-old winger spent all of last season in the AHL. Pinizzotto will likely just give the Oilers some insurance on the wing while Jordan Eberle nurses an injury. However, because Eberle's issue is not a long-term concern, Pinizzotto should return to Oklahoma City in short order.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eberle (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision Wednesday against the Coyotes.
Impact: Eberle was ruled out of Tuesday's game after he was still hurting following a hard hit over the weekend, but he seems to have made at least a little bit of progress overnight. The Oilers recalled winger Steve Pinizzotto from AHL Oklahoma City as insurance in case Eberle can't go, but it's Teddy Purcell that would likely receive the promotion to the Oilers' top line in his stead.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nugent-Hopkins (undisclosed) will not play Wednesday against the Coyotes.
Impact: The Oilers apparently don't believe that Nugent-Hopkins' injury is all that serious, but it's troublesome enough to keep him out for both ends of the team's back-to-back. Wednesday's demotion of Bogdan Yakimov to AHL Oklahoma City would appear to signal that Nugent-Hopkins could be ready to play Friday against Carolina.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens will be in the crease for the Oilers for Wednesday's game against the Coyotes.
Impact: With Viktor Fasth (groin) landing on injured reserve Wednesday, Scrivens' path to the No. 1 goalie gig appears fairly clear at the moment, as the newly-recalled Richard Bachman doesn't figure to make much of a push for starting duty. Even so, while the larger workload Scrivens will assume puts his stock on the rise, his results to this point have been discouraging. In his two appearances, Scrivens has allowed eight goals on 41 shots, resulting in a 4.62 GAA and .805 save percentage. He'll iron out the ratios over time, but given the dire state of the Oilers' defense, Scrivens will still likely to be a drain for fantasy owners in those categories.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Fasth has been placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.
Impact: It's unclear when he'll be able to return.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eberle (undisclosed) will play in Wednesday's game against the Coyotes, The Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: Eberle was a game-time decision for Wednesday's game, but he will take the ice after making it through pregame warmups without a setback. Eberle will man his usual spot on the Oilers' top line.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fasth was placed on injured reserve by the Oilers on Wednesday.
Impact: Fasth was pulled early from Edmonton's game on Tuesday against the Kings due to the groin injury, which was evidently deemed significant enough to rule him out for several games. It marks the second consecutive season in which Fasth has been forced to spend time on injured reserve in October. Prior to sustaining the injury, Fasth hadn't made an especially strong case for the top goaltending job, as he posted a 0-1-1 record while allowing seven goals on 54 shots in his two appearances. With Fasth out of the picture, Ben Scrivens is the clear-cut No. 1 starter between the pipes for the Oilers.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Yakimov was assigned to AHL Oklahoma City on Wednesday by the Oilers.
Impact: The 20-year-old center was called up to the Oilers for Tuesday's game due to injuries to both Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Yakimov only managed one shot on goal in the game and since the injuries to Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle are not serious, Yakimov was expectedly sent back to the AHL on Wednesday.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fasth was pulled in the first period of Tuesday's start against the Kings due to a groin injury.
Impact: Fasth's early removal would have been justifiable by him giving up three goals on only 11 shots, but it sounds like the Oilers planned on sticking with him until the injury surfaced. There's no word yet on the severity of the ailment, and while Fasth didn't appear to be in much pain when he left the ice, it's still a situation worth monitoring. Fasth was limited to 12 appearances between the Ducks and Oilers last season while he battled a persistent lower-body injury.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fasth will be in the net Tuesday against the Kings, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: After he performed marginally better than Ben Scrivens in each goalie's respective start during the opening week, Fasth will lead off Week 2 in goal for the Oilers, drawing a touch opponent in the Kings. The Oilers are likely to go with Scrivens for Wednesday's game versus the Coyotes regardless of how well Fasth plays Tuesday, but Fasth could put himself in the driver's seat for No. 1 duties if he's somehow able to steal a win as a heavy underdog on the road in Los Angeles.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Yakimov will make his NHL debut Tuesday against the Kings, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: With both Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle ruled out Tuesday with undisclosed injuries, Yakimov was called up from AHL Oklahoma City less than two weeks after he was one of the final cuts in training camp. Neither Nugent-Hopkins nor Eberle are expected to miss significant time with their injuries, so Yakimov's stay with the parent club will more than likely be brief. Yakimov is set to center the Oilers' third line Tuesday, with David Perron and Jesse Joensuu flanking him on the wings.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fasth lasted less than 16 minutes into Tuesday's start against the Kings, giving up three goals on 11 shots before being yanked from the eventual 6-1 loss.
Impact: Ben Scrivens didn't do a whole lot better after being inserted, giving up three goals of his own. Both Edmonton goalies have been rather substandard to start the year, so it's hard to declare either one the definitive starter right now. All in all, it appears to be a situation best avoided unless you play in a league that gives points per save, in which case the Oilers' oft-bombarded goalies hold some decent value.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Dallas Eakins said Petry (undisclosed) isn't dealing with an injury and will be a healthy scratch Tuesday versus the Kings, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: Eakins cited Petry's abbreviated training camp due to a shoulder injury as the primary reason for the Oilers giving him an early rest. Darnell Nurse will take his spot in the lineup Tuesday, but look for Petry to assume his spot on the top pairing with Andrew Ference in Wednesday's match against Arizona.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Purcell (undisclosed) will be in the lineup Tuesday against the Kings, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: Purcell was unable to practice Monday after coach Dallas Eakins said the forward was "banged up" over the weekend in the loss to the Canucks, but he was apparently able to shake off his soreness during Tuesday's morning skate. Unfortunately for the Oilers, fellow injured winger Jordan Eberle was not able to heal up in time for the game with the Kings, leaving Purcell to fill his void on the Oilers' top line. Purcell has played well with a goal and two assists in his first two games with Edmonton, but he may be out of his element in matching up against the top trio of the physical Kings.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arcobello will center the Oilers' top line Tuesday against the Kings, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (undisclosed) unavailable Tuesday, the Oilers will have Arcobello join Taylor Hall on the top line, and perhaps the team's top power-play unit as well. While the appointment should theoretically result in a short-term value bump for Arcobello, it's hard to imagine the 5-foot-10, 185-pound pivot doing much to slow Los Angeles' top center, Anze Kopitar (6-foot-3, 224 pounds), in Tuesday's showdown. He could be in store for a big hit to his plus/minus rating.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Petry (undisclosed) will be out of the lineup Tuesday against the Kings, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Coach Dallas Eakins stated a desire to get top blueline prospect Darnell Nurse some game action after he sat out the previous two games, so it appears Petry's undisclosed ailment will allow him to follow through with the plan. There's nothing to suggest Petry's absence will be a long-term concern, however, so there's a chance he could be available as early as Wednesday versus the Coyotes.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Dallas Eakins confirmed that Nurse would be in the lineup Tuesday against the Kings, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The No. 7 overall pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Nurse had been a healthy scratch for the Oilers' first two games this season, but an injury to Jeff Petry will pave the way for him to make his NHL debut. It's unlikely that the Oilers will ask Nurse to be a direct replacement for Petry on the team's top pairing, so look for him to instead work in tandem with Mark Fayne.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eberle (undisclosed) won't play Tuesday against the Kings, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Eberle was unable to skate at Monday's practice after taking a hard hit in Saturday's loss to the Canucks. He'll be joined in the press box by fellow injured top-liner Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (undisclosed), prompting the Oilers to call up Bogdan Yakimov from AHL Oklahoma City to add some depth to the forward ranks for Tuesday's tilt. The injury aside, Eberle has gotten off to a slow start offensively this season, mustering no points on five shots through the Oilers' first two games.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nugent-Hopkins (undisclosed) will not play Tuesday against the Kings, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Nugent-Hopkins is still feeling sore after taking a hit from Vancouver's Dan Hamhuis on Saturday night, forcing him out of Monday's practice. Along with RNH, fellow top-liner Jordan Eberle will sit out with an undisclosed injury, leaving the Oilers a bit short-handed on offensive talent.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Purcell has an undisclosed injury.
Impact: There are no details about Purcell's injury.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Nugent-Hopkins has an undisclosed injury.
Impact: There are no details about the injury.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Eberle has an undisclosed injury.
Impact: There are no details about Eberle's injury, so monitor the developments.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nugent-Hopkins has been labeled day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, but could play Tuesday, Oilers play-by-play man Jack Michaels reports.
Impact: RNH, Jordan Eberle, Teddy Purcell and Darnell Nurse are all in that same category, with the Oilers withholding all information about their ailments. However, the 2011 No. 1 overall pick had his first NHL fight Saturday against Dan Hamhuis of the Avs, and it's possible that he's banged up a little as a result. He's got an assist and a minus-2 rating through two games thus far.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Klefbom has been assigned to Oklahoma City of the AHL.
Impact: Klefbom was on the outside looking in after making the roster out of training camp, and he'll head to Oklahoma City, where he'll have a chance to see significant playing time on a nightly basis. The 21-year-old played 48 games for the Barons last season, tallying 10 points and a minus-8 rating. Klefbom did not appear in either of the Oilers' games this season.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Yakimov was recalled from Oklahoma City of the AHL on Monday.
Impact: Yakimov has played just one game for Oklahoma City, tallying two penalty minutes and a neutral rating. The 2013 third-round pick will take the spot of Oscar Klefbom, who was assigned to Oklahoma City on Monday.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nurse could make his NHL debut Tuesday against the Kings.
Impact: With several Oilers players still dealing with injuries after Saturday's loss to the Canucks, an opening could exist for Nurse to find his way into the lineup. He'd more than likely slot in as a member of the team's third pairing if he does find his way into the lineup.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Purcell (undisclosed) is considered day-to-day, but could play Tuesday against the Kings.
Impact: Purcell is apparently dealing with an undisclosed minor injury. It didn't seem to limit him while he was picking up two assists in Saturday's shootout loss to the Canucks.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eberle (undisclosed) is considered day-to-day, but could play Tuesday against the Kings.
Impact: Eberle received what's likely a "maintenance day" Monday, and if he's at all banged up, it doesn't look to be anything serious. Monitor Eberle's status prior to game time.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Purcello recorded two assists in Saturday's shootout loss at Vancouver.
Impact: Purcell has three points in his first two games.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Perron had two assists in Saturday's shootout loss at Vancouver.
Impact: Perron already has three helpers through two games.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Yakupov scored a goal in Saturday's shootout loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Yakupov gave the Oilers a two-goal lead with his marker early in the second period, giving him two points through the team's first two games. However, he skated only 16 shifts on the evening, finishing with 9:50 of ice time. While the lack of minutes could be something to monitor, it's encouraging to see the gifted Russian off to a respectable start this season. He contributed a disappointing 24 points and a horrid minus-33 rating over 63 games in 2013-14.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Purcell gathered two assists in Saturday's shootout loss to the Canucks.
Impact: The Oilers have come away with a loss in their first two games, but it's through no fault of Purcell and his mates on the second power-play unit, who had a hand in both of the Oilers' goals on the man advantage. Purcell's ice time is down nearly two minutes from what he averaged a season ago with the Lightning, but he doesn't seem headed for a steep offensive regression due to the quality forward depth that he'll skate alongside most nights.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perron assisted on two goals in a shootout loss to the Canucks on Saturday.
Impact: Perron is off to a good start after last season's career-high 59-point showing, as he's now picked up three helpers in Edmonton's first two games. The additions of Benoit Pouliot and Leon Draisaitl to top-six roles has pushed Perron to the third line, but with capable snipers in Teddy Purcell and Mark Arcobello playing alongside him, the demotion might not hinder his productivity that dramatically.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joensuu registered a shorthanded goal in Saturday's loss to the Canucks.
Impact: An unexpected breakaway allowed the Oilers to cash in with their penalty kill, as Joenssu put the puck past goalie Ryan Miller for his first tally of the season. It will likely amount to one of the few points of the campaign for Joensuu, who sees only limited minutes while scrapping on the Oilers' fourth line.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arcobello bagged a goal and assist in Saturday's loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Arcobello finished off a Teddy Purcell feed on a three-on-two break to beat goalie Ryan Miller for his first goal of the season. Though Arcobello is centering the third line, the Oilers' version possesses more talent than most teams, with mates Purcell and David Perron both listing 50-point seasons on their resume. Arcobello showed some scoring aptitude of his own during his 41-stint with Edmonton last season, and could make for ideal roster fodder in deeper leagues.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hunt scored his first career goal in Saturday's shootout loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Hunt's power-play marker staked the Oilers' to an early 1-0 lead and should afford the blueliner more security in his role as the quarterback for the second power-play unit. The 26-year-old showed some puck-moving ability during his minor league career, and while it may not fully materialize at the NHL level, he could remain productive enough to keep highly touted prospects Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse on the bench.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fasth saved 39 of 43 shots before falling in a shootout Saturday night against the Canucks.
Impact: Neither Ben Scrivens nor Fasth did much to distinguish himself in their first start of the season as they continue to battle for the top goalie job in Edmonton, though Fasth did fare better in his turn. Despite the Oilers being outshot by a 43-29 margin, Fasth outplayed opposing goalie Ryan Miller for most of the night, holding a two-goal lead at the game's 30-minute mark. However, the Canucks' power play ended up punishing Fasth and ultimately overcome the deficit, and then Christopher Higgins put one past the goalie in the shootout.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Purcell scored a first-period power-play goal in Thursday's loss to the Flames.
Impact: Assuming a third-line role for the Oilers, Purcell managed to tie for the team lead with four shots on goal in his 15:09 of ice time. Coach Dallas Eakins appears content to use Eberle and Yakupov as the right wings of his top two lines, but Purcell should make up for his lower minutes count through his work on an Oilers' power-play unit that is brimming with talent.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Purcell scored in a loss to Calgary on Thursday.
Impact: Purcell had never found the back of the net in his seven previous season debuts.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Hall scored a goal in Thursday's loss to Calgary.
Impact: Hall is off to strong start after tallying 80 points last season, though it could be another rough year for the Oilers.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens was tagged for five goals on 26 shots in Thursday's season-opening loss to the Flames.
Impact: A rough start to the campaign for Scrivens, who delivered a .916 save for the Oilers last year despite being relentlessly bombarded thanks to the team's weak defense. Well, that D hasn't been shored up much this year, which means Scrivens still isn't going to contribute much in the way of GAA or wins.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perron (ribs) is set to play in Thursday's season opener against the Flames, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Perron suffered a rib injury at the tail end of the preseason, but he's been able to practice without much complications the last few days. The 26-year-old will enter the 2014-15 campaign looking to build on the career-high 57 points he tallied a season ago.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens will be in goal for Thursday's season opener against the Flames.
Impact: Scrivens needed to falter badly in training camp in order to surrender the No. 1 goalie gig to Viktor Fasth, but he extinguished any threat by performing respectably in the preseason (2-1-0, 2.26 GAA, .907 save percentage). However, Viktor Fasth will still remain a factor in the goalie timeshare, so Scrivens may not enjoy as long of a leash as some of the other nominal No. 1 starters out there.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fasth will be in the crease Saturday against the Canucks.
Impact: The Oilers didn't announce a victor in the supposed job battle between Fasth and Ben Scrivens, but it seems like the bulk of the starts -- at least in the early going -- will go to the latter. Fasth was excellent in limited preseason action (1-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .946 save percentage), but when he wasn't dealing with an injury last season, he mostly struggled over his 12 appearances between Edmonton and Anaheim.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pouliot (hip) skated Wednesday and will be ready to play in Thursday's opener, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Impact: Pouliot will skate on the second line with Nail Yakupov and Leon Draisaitl. This line may hold the key to the Oilers' success this season, as the team could use some more reliable secondary scoring. However, with this being Pouliot's first season in Edmonton and with the talented Draisaitl still a rookie, it may end up being to much to ask from this line.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Gazdic is recovering from a shoulder injury.
Impact: Gazdic suffered the injury last season and is working his way back.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After dealing with a shoulder injury in training camp, Petry looks to be ready to go for the start of the regular season, Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels reports.
Impact: Petry was fully practicing Wednesday on the top pairing with Andrew Ference, with whom he'll partner up with in Thursday's season opener against the Flames. The 26-year-old isn't a total liability on offense (17 points in 80 games last season), but he earns his paycheck due to his physicality on the Oilers' back end.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nurse will likely be a healthy scratch for Thursday's season opener against the Flames.
Impact: With Nikita Nikitin (ankle) cleared to return to action Thursday, there won't be room for either Nurse and fellow blue line prospect Oscar Klefbom to slot into the lineup. Both youngsters would stand to benefit from playing regularly, so if Nurse continues to rot in the press box in the games to come, a demotion back to the minors would seem likely.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Klefbom will likely be healthy scratch for Thursday's season opener against the Flames.
Impact: With Nikita Nikitin (ankle) cleared to return to action Thursday, there won't be room for either Klefbom and fellow blue line prospect Darnell Nurse to slot into the lineup. Both youngsters would stand to benefit from playing regularly, so if Klefbom continues to rot in the press box in the games to come, a demotion back to the minors would seem likely.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nikitin (ankle) has received clearance to play for Thursday's game against the Flames.
Impact: He was acquired in June from Columbus to add experience to the Oilers blue line, where he is expected to serve on the second defensive pairing alongside Justin Schultz. Nikitin hasn't scored over 15 points in any of the past three seasons, and only once in his five-year career has he eclipsed 30 points.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Davidson is dealing with a sports hernia.
Impact: Davidson probably isn't going to be a key player for the Oilers and isn't much of a fantasy option.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pouliot is nursing a hip flexor injury, but is considered probable for Thursday's season opener against the Flames.
Impact: Despite the existing wealth of young forward talent already on the Edmonton roster, Pouliot chose to join the club on a five-year deal in the summer. He put together a high-quality preseason, contributing a goal, assist and a plus-3 rating over four games, a performance that will likely earn him a role on the second line to begin the campaign. He's expected to slot in as the elder statesman of a line that includes rookie Leon Draisaitl and 21-year-old right wing Nail Yakupov.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nikitin (ankle) took part in Tuesday's practice, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: It looked just a day earlier that Nikitin would open the season on injured reserve, but his participation in Tuesday's practice not only gives him a chance to avoid IR, but also to play in Thursday's season opener against the Flames. The Oilers are still officially listing him as questionable for the opener, which may open the door for either of the Oilers' young blue line prospects (Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom) to find their way into the lineup.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Aulie will begin the season with Oklahoma City of the AHL, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Impact: This is a little bit of a head scratcher, as the Oilers signed Aulie as a free agent during the offseason. Aulie also has a one-way contract, which should tell you all you need to know about how poorly he played this preseason.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nikitin (ankle) will likely begin the season on IR, the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: The last thing the Oilers can afford is an injury to a defenseman, as the blue line is the weakest part of the team. Nikitin shouldn't be out for more than a week or two, but his presence will be missed during that time.