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Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gazdic (shoulder) was sent to AHL Oklahoma City on a conditioning assignment Wednesday.
Impact: Gazdic is finally ready to play after he was limited throughout training camp following April shoulder surgery. He's expected to remain on assignment with Oklahoma City for two weeks before being recalled by the Oilers. Once he rejoins the parent club, Gazdic is expected to reprise his role as the club's enforcer on the fourth line.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bachman was reassigned to AHL Oklahoma City after Wednesday's game.
Impact: With Viktor Fasth (groin) activated from IR and cleared to resume backup duties behind Ben Scrivens, Bachman will return to the minors to create roster room. Bachman never saw the ice for the Oilers after being recalled following Fasth's injury two weeks ago.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fasth (groin) was activated from injured reserve after Wednesday's game.
Impact: The Oilers indicated earlier in the week that Fasth had been upgraded to day-to-day, and after he was able to get in a few days of practice in, it looks like he's been cleared to resume backup duties behind Ben Scrivens. Richard Bachman was reassigned to AHL Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Westgarth signed with the Stena Line Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League on Thursday.
Impact: Westgarth will head to Northern Ireland after failing to win a roster spot with the Oilers in training camp as a professional tryout. The enforcer has logged 169 games in the NHL during stints with the Kings, Hurricanes and Flames.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens' four-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday in a 4-1 loss to the visiting Predators. He stopped 31 of 35 shots.
Impact: Tough luck for Scrivens, who ran into a surprisingly potent Nashville offense in this one. He was bound to take a step back at some point after rattling off four straight wins at home, but definitely flashed his upside and will give prospective fantasy owners something to think about should they need a goaltender. Despite the run of victories that saw him stop 102 of 110 shots for a save percentage of .927, Scrivens' mark on the year still sits below the coveted .900 mark (.896) to go with a 3.01 GAA, so he's still far from an elite option on an inconsistent Oilers team.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nikitin (back spasms) will remain out of the Oilers' lineup for their game on Wednesday against the Predators, Bob Stauffer of 630 CHED reports.
Impact: Nikitin was diagnosed with back spasms on Tuesday after sitting out the Oilers' contest on Monday against Montreal. He will likely undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his injury and the team will assess his status after that. Nikitin has scored one goal and two assists in eight games so far this season.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens will be in the crease Wednesday against the Predators, Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels reports.
Impact: After losing his first three starts of the season in miserable fashion, Scrivens has done a dramatic 180 his last four times out, posting a .942 save percentage and capturing his first shutout of the season. He's expected to face off against the Predators' own red-hot goalie, Pekka Rinne, who has roared to a 5-1-1 record and 1.81 GAA over his seven outings this season.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Oilers have upgraded Gazdic (shoulder) from out to day-to-day.
Impact: Gazdic opened the season on the Oilers' non-roster injury list after missing all of training camp while recovering from shoulder surgery. Because of the extensive time Gazdic has missed, the Oilers would probably be more inclined to send him out on a lengthy assignment at AHL Oklahoma City before giving him any run with the NHL club.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Oilers are now considering Fasth (groin) day-to-day.
Impact: Fasth will remain on injured reserve until the Oilers are convinced he's fully healthy, but it sounds like there's a legitimate chance that he activated by the end of the week. The Oilers placed Fasth on IR less than two weeks ago, a relatively minimal stretch of time that probably won't require the goalie to head out on a lengthy rehab assignment in the minors.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Draisaitl will remain with the Oilers for the rest of the season, Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun reports.
Impact: The Oilers' nine-game window to determine whether to keep Draisaitl or send him back to his WHL team concluded Monday, and it appears the 19-year-old did just enough to warrant a permanent stay. After a rough showing in his first handful of NHL games, Draisaitl supplied a goal, assist and seven shots on goal over his last three contests, flashing the playmaking potential that the Oilers had salivated over during the pre-draft process. Expect Draisaitl to deal with some extended scoring droughts in his rookie season as he adjusts to life in the NHL, but he has the look of a keeper in dynasty formats.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nikitin has been diagnosed with back spasms and will likely undergo an MRI.
Impact: Nikitin was held out of Monday's contest due to the back issue and would seem unlikely to suit up when the Oilers take the ice again Wednesday versus the Predators. Brad Hunt is expected to take Nikitin's spot in the lineup until the injured blueliner is cleared to return.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fayne contributed an assist, two penalty minutes and six blocked shots in his 18:10 of ice time Monday against the Canadiens.
Impact: After a rocky start to the season defensively for the Oilers, Fayne has helped right the ship on the blue line for Edmonton, just as the team hoped he would when they inked him to a four-year deal in the offseason. Fayne isn't an especially prolific puck-mover and figures to fall short of 20 points on the season, but so long as he proves consistently competent in defending his own zone, the Oilers will be pleased with anything he chips in offensively.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pouliot recorded a goal and assist in Monday's 3-0 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: With four points and a minus-2 rating through nine games, Pouliot has been a serviceable depth scorer for the Oilers, but probably doesn't have much upside beyond that. Those probing the Oilers for potential breakout candidates beyond the team's stars are better off taking a gamble on Mark Arcobello or Nail Yakupov, linemates of Pouliot's who are younger and offer much more in terms of untapped potential.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens turned in a gem Monday, stopping all 29 shots in a 3-0 blanking of the visiting Canadiens. He's now won four in a row after going 0-3 to start the season.
Impact: The goose egg marks the seventh career shutout for the Alberta native, who has turned aside 130 of the last 138 shots he's faced for a scorching .942 save percentage over his last five games. Of course, banking on the Oilers is always a gamble, but the team has looked good over its four-game winning streak, so this could be a good time to pounce on Scrivens if you need some help between the pipes.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nikitin (undisclosed) will not play in Monday's game against the Canadians.
Impact: Nikitin is dealing with an undisclosed injury and will be replaced by Brad Hunt for Monday's game. His next opportunity to get on the ice will be against the Predators on Wednesday.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Nikitin has an undisclosed injury for the Oilers.
Impact: Nikitin's status for the next game is unclear.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fasth (groin) took to the ice Sunday, the Edmonton Sun reports.
Impact: Fasth will remain the backup to Ben Scrivens when he returns, but should Scrivens start to slump, the team won't be hesitant to give Fasth a shot at the starting job.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens will start in goal Monday against the Canadiens.
Impact: The Oilers have won each of Scrivens' last three starts after a dismal start to the season in which Scrivens allowed 14 goals in his first three games. He's allowed eight in four games since and has 81 saves over his last three contests.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nikitin (undisclosed) will be a game time decision Monday against the Canadiens.
Impact: Nikitin is reportedly dealing with some minor issues, and may watch Monday's game from the press box for maintenance purposes. The blueliner has a goal and two assists through eight games this season.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Eberle scored two goals and picked up an assist in Edmonton's third consecutive victory.
Impact: Eberle, who was held scoreless for six games to open the season, finally broke through with his 13th multi-goal game of his career. He scored 28 goals last season.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hendricks tallied his second goal of the season Friday against the Hurricanes.
Impact: The goal was an unassisted empty-netter with 1:27 remaining in the contest, so there's no need to get excited about Hendricks potentially adding some more offense to his game. The fourth-liner will provide most of his value in the form of hits, a category in which he leads the Oilers with 31.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nikitin dished out an assist and finished with a plus-4 rating in Friday's win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Nikitin was fortunate to be on the ice for the majority of the Oilers' third-period scoring binge, but it will be tough for him to finish on the positive side of the plus/minus ledger most nights. The winless Hurricanes can't compete with anybody right now, which can allow nondescript blueliners like Nikitin to churn out quality production on any given night.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nugent-Hopkins knocked home a goal for the third straight game Friday against the Hurricanes.
Impact: While the recent scoring binge has been a boon to Nugent-Hopkins' fantasy owners, the fact that he's registered the three tallies on a total of four shots on goal suggests he might be benefiting from some puck luck. The run of point production figures to slow down eventually, but Nugent-Hopkins still looks primed for another 50-point season.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Draisaitl tallied his first career goal in Friday's 6-3 victory over the Hurricanes.
Impact: The goal would go down as the game-winner on the night, as Draisaitl scooped up his own rebound and backhanded the puck into the net to give the Oilers a 4-3 lead with 7:05 left in the contest. Draisaitl has looked raw for the most part in his eight contests with the Oilers, but he's begun to hit his stride over the last two games, contributing two points and seven shots on goal. After Draisaitl plays his next game Monday against the Habs, the Oilers will have a tough decision to make in choosing to either keep the rookie with the parent club for the entire season or send him down to his junior team, WHL Prince Albert.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eberle broke out with two goals and an assist in Friday's 6-3 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: The goals were Eberle's long-awaited first two of the season, a welcome relief for a player who found the net 28 times in 2013-14. His first tally involved an impressive bit of work on both ends of the ice, as he picked off a Jay Harrison pass before finishing the possession off with a score on a 2-on-1 feed from teammate Taylor Hall. Despite the goal drought, Eberle has distributed the puck well enough in the Oilers' previous contests to keep him producing at close to a point-per-game clip this season.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens recorded his third consecutive victory Friday against the Hurricanes, stopping 27 of 30 shots in the 6-3 win.
Impact: Scrivens performed a little less steadily against the Hurricanes than he did earlier in the week in wins over the Capitals and Lightning, but he didn't require his best effort to dispatch the league's only winless team. The goalie seems to be settling in nicely after a horrendous first three outings of 2014-15, which continues to keep his season goals-against average above 3.00 and save percentage below .900, despite the winning streak.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens will be in the crease Friday against the Hurricanes.
Impact: After a woeful start to the season, Scrivens has righted the ship the last two times out with victories against quality teams in the Lightning and Capitals. A matchup with the offensively impotent Hurricanes should allow him to further trim down his 3.36 GAA.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Purcell was credited with two assists in Wednesday's win over Washington.
Impact: Purcell had gone four games without a point prior to Wednesday's contest after recording three in his first two games.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal for the second straight game in Wednesday's win against Washington.
Impact: Nugent-Hopkins is one of four Oilers with multiple goals though his nine shots are the fewest among that group.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Draisaitl was credited with his second career assist in Wednesday's win over Washington.
Impact: Draisaitl, the third overall pick in June's draft, is a minus-five through his first seven games.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nikitin scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Capitals.
Impact: Nikitin's power-play marker with 3:52 remaining in the second period gave him his first goal and second point of the season. The Oilers won't usually count on Nikitin for much on the offensive end, as his size and physicality on defense are the primary reasons Edmonton signed him to a two-year deal in the offseason.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schultz scored his second goal of the season in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Capitals.
Impact: The 24-year-old has now found the twine in consecutive games, after managing only one point in his first five contests. Schultz is still prone to lapses on his own end -- he let the Caps' Alex Ovechkin glide by him easily in the third period for what was nearly the game-tying score -- but he's far and away the Oilers' top scoring threat from the blue line.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Draisaitl picked up an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Capitals.
Impact: Though Wednesday represented one of the better showings of his brief career, Draisaitl, 18, hasn't adjusted well to the jump from juniors to the NHL. Working as the club's second- or third-line center, Draisaitl has accumulated just two points, 11 shots and a minus-5 rating over seven games. Unless he heats up over his next two outings, Draisaitl may be forced to head back to the WHL once his nine-game trial period comes to a conclusion.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Purcell grabbed two assists in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Capitals.
Impact: Purcell's two points came in relatively limited ice time (13:23), but lifted his total to five in seven games this year. If he can find just the right chemistry with one of the Oilers' young stars like Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Purcell could be a sneaky fantasy commodity this season. Just don't count of much by way of plus-minus, if your league counts it.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens thwarted 32 of 34 shots Wednesday in a 3-2 win over the visiting Capitals.
Impact: After failing to record a victory in his first four appearances, Scrivens has turned things around against two very good teams in the Capitals and Lightning, whom the Oilers beat Monday. If this isn't just an aberration, Scrivens could provide some much-needed stability between the pipes for an inconsistent Oilers squad. We wouldn't jump the gun just yet, but go ahead and keep an eye on Scrivens to see if he and the rest of the boys from Oil Country can parlay their short-term success into something more.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scrivens will be between the pipes for Wednesday's game against the Capitals, Mike Vogel of WashingtonCaps.com reports.
Impact: Scrivens has a less-than-impressive 3.65 GAA over his first five games this year, but has shown signs of improvement, allowing just three goals in his past two contests. He'll take on a Washington squad that is fourth in the league with 3.40 goals scored per game.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Nugent-Hopkins found the back of the net for the first time this season in Monday's win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: After finishing with 19 goals in 80 games last season, Nugent-Hopkins is on an early pace for right around the same total.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Hall scored his fourth goal of the season and was credited with his second assist as the Oilers earned their first victory Monday against Tampa Bay.
Impact: Edmonton has struggled for offense with 14 goals in seven games. The bulk of the scoring has come from Hall, while only one other Oiler (Mark Arcobello) has more than one goal. There are not many Oilers you want to own, but Hall is clearly at the top of the list.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nugent-Hopkins scored his first goal of the season -- the 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 to wait 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 went plus-2.
Impact: Hall has been Edmonton's best player by far 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 | STATS
News: Fasth has been placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.
Impact: It's unclear when he'll be able to return.
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.
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.