Edmonton Oilers Player News: All Positions

News: Persson was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Monday.
Impact: Persson saw action in three games after being promoted from the minors Dec. 3, in which he registered five shots, two PIM and one hit while averaging 13:56 of ice time. With the Swede joining the Condors, the team called up Caleb Jones instead, who could jump into the lineup over Brandon Manning.
News: The Oilers recalled Jones from AHL Bakersfield on Monday.
Impact: Jones only played in one game during his AHL stint and managed to notch a point. The 22-year-old will likely play Tuesday against the Hurricanes since the Oilers don't want to waste Jones' development with a night in the press box.
News: Russell was a healthy scratch for Sunday's game versus the Sabres.
Impact: Russell had appeared in seven straight games, registering an assist in each of the first two. His run in the lineup coincided with injuries to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian, both of whom returned Sunday. Russell may be a more frequent press box attendee in the near future -- he's sitting on four assists, 31 shots on goal and 33 hits through 26 contests.
News: Granlund hasn't registered a point in his last six appearances.
Impact: The Finn has picked up six PIM in that span, which comes after a stretch in which he had three goals in four contests. If Granlund can't get the penalties under control, coach Dave Tippett may cycle him out of the lineup for a few games. Such a move would have little impact in fantasy circles -- Granlund has just four points through 27 appearances this season.
News: Haas posted an assist and went 7-for-8 in faceoffs in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Sabres.
Impact: Haas picked up some residual power-play time on the second unit, setting up Joakim Nygard's tally in the second period. Haas is up to six points, 24 hits and 19 shots on goal in 24 appearances this season. The 27-year-old should continue to work in a low-scoring, bottom-six role.
News: Kassian (back) was minus-1 and logged 17:22 of ice time in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to Buffalo.
Impact: After sitting out the previous three games with his injury, Kassian returned Monday and reclaimed his spot on the top line with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. It was a quiet return for the big winger, who was held without a shot on goal and did not record a hit. The 28-year-old has nine goals and 19 points in 28 games this season.
News: Nugent-Hopkins (hand) had one shot on goal and won six of nine faceoffs in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to Buffalo.
Impact: Nugent-Hopkins was appearing in his first game since Nov. 23 but was unable to make an offensive impact in his return to the lineup. Still, his presence is a welcome addition to a lineup that is already short of offense behind all-world first-liners Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Nugent-Hopkins has five goals and 16 points in 25 games this season.
News: Nurse assisted on both Edmonton goals and had four shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Buffalo.
Impact: Nurse provided the secondary assist on Riley Sheahan's first goal of the season in the second period, then set up Joakim Nygard's power-play goal later in the frame. It was only Nurse's third multi-point performance of the year. He now has two goals and 13 assists through 32 games.
News: Sheahan scored his first goal of the season and tied for the team lead with four shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Buffalo on Sunday.
Impact: Sheahan got Edmonton on the board midway through the second period for his first goal as an Oiler. The 28-year-old needed 27 games to light the lamp in 2019-20, a disappointing start for a checking center who has generally been able to produce right around 10-14 goals on a yearly basis. The Oilers badly need bottom-six players like Sheahan to begin producing more consistently.
News: Nygard had a power-play goal and added an assist in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to Buffalo.
Impact: Nygard potted his second goal of the year -- first on the power play -- late in the second period to draw the Oilers even at 2-2. He had also set up Riley Sheahan's goal earlier in the frame. It was the first multi-point game of the season for the first-year NHLer, who now has two goals and two assists through his first 16 games.
News: Smith allowed three goals on 22 shots in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to Buffalo.
Impact: Smith trailed 2-0 midway through the first period en route to his third consecutive loss. The 37-year-old has had a rough go of it since a stellar opening month and has watched the younger Mikko Koskinen emerged as Edmonton's most reliable netminder. Smith is 7-7-2 in 17 appearances with a 2.88 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
News: The Oilers reassigned Cave to AHL Bakersfield on Sunday.
Impact: With the Oilers activating Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand) off injured reserve, they made room on the roster by shifting Cave to the AHL. Cave played just five games with the big club this season, potting one goal and averaging 10:52 of ice time.
News: Coach Dave Tippett said Sunday that Kassian (back) will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against Buffalo.
Impact: Kassian has missed the last three contests with the back injury but returned to Friday's practice, suggesting he was nearing a return. The 28-year-old has been solid this campaign, racking up nine goals and 19 points in 28 games. It's unclear who will come out of the lineup in Kassian's stead, but the likely candidate is Josh Archibald.
News: Smith will start between the pipes for Sunday's home game versus Buffalo.
Impact: Smith has been decent through 16 appearances this campaign, going 7-7-1 along with a 2.88 GAA and .905 save percentage. He'll face an average matchup as well Sunday, taking on a Sabres' offense that ranks 14th in goals per game this season (3.07).
News: Head coach Dave Tippett said Sunday that Nugent-Hopkins (hand) is expected to return to the lineup for Sunday's game against Buffalo.
Impact: Nugent-Hopkins has been sidelined since Nov. 23 against Vegas when he suffered the injury. The winger has yet to be activated off injured reserve, however, so the team will need to make that change prior to his return. It's unclear who Nugent-Hopkins will push out of the lineup, but Gaetan Haas or Riley Sheahan are the probable candidates.
News: Neal collected a power-play assist and three shots on goal in Friday's 2-1 win over the Kings.
Impact: Neal posted the secondary assist on Leon Draisaitl's opening tally in the first period. The veteran winger has now gone five games without a goal, but he's posted power-play helpers in three straight contests. For the year, the 32-year-old winger 20 points (14 with a man advantage), 74 shots and 39 hits in 31 appearances.
News: McDavid picked up a power-play helper and two shots on goal in Friday's 2-1 win over the Kings.
Impact: McDavid didn't factor in on the Oilers' first goal, but he had the primary assist on Alex Chiasson's tally to make it a 2-0 lead in the first period. McDavid leads the league with 23 power-play points this season, and he's up to 52 points through 31 contests overall.
News: Chiasson notched a goal and an assist, both with a man advantage, in Friday's 2-1 win over the Kings.
Impact: Chiasson set up Leon Draisaitl first, before the former gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead at 14:46 of the first period. Chiasson's tally was ultimately the game-winner. The winger skated a game-low 9:24, his third-lowest ice time total of the year. He's become a de facto power-play specialist with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand) out. Chiasson is up to 10 points in 27 appearances -- five of them have come with a man advantage.
News: Draisaitl scored a goal and dished an assist, both on the power play, in Friday's 2-1 win over the Kings.
Impact: Draisaitl opened the scoring at 11:02 of the first period, and then provided the secondary helper on Alex Chiasson's tally a few minutes later. Draisaitl is shaping up for another point streak -- he's got three goals and two assists over his last three games. The German is up to 19 scores and 34 helpers in 31 games this year. He's notched 20 of his points with a man advantage, which is second in the league to teammate Connor McDavid's 23.
News: Koskinen stopped 35 of 36 shots in Friday's 2-1 win over the Kings.
Impact: Koskinen kept the Kings off the board until Michael Amadio jammed home a rebound in the third period for their only goal. Koskinen improved to 11-3-2 with a 2.53 GAA and a .921 save percentage this season. He's started three straight contests for the first time this campaign -- coach Dave Tippett prefers to split the starts between Koskinen and Mike Smith fairly evenly. The latter should be considered likely to start Sunday versus the Sabres.
News: Nugent-Hopkins (hand) will not dress for Friday's game against the Kings, Derek VanDiest of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Nugent-Hopkins has been sidelined since Nov. 23 versus the Golden Knights and remains without an expected date for his return to action. While it sounds as though he may be back on the ice in short order, the winger's activation from injured reserve should officially signify it.
News: Kassian (back) won't play Friday against the Kings, NHL.com's Derek Van Diest reports.
Impact: Kassian participated in Friday's morning skate, so he's definitely closing in on a return to the lineup, but he'll have to wait for Sunday's game against the Sabres for his next opportunity to do so. Once he's given the green light, the big-bodied winger should return to his spot skating alongside Connor McDavid on the Oilers' top line.
News: Koskinen will start in the crease Friday when the Oilers host the Kings, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Impact: Koskinen was given the hook in Wednesday's game against the Senators after surrendering three goals on 12 shots. The veteran netminder has turned in a solid start to the season overall, however, owning a 10-3-2 record to go along with a 2.63 GAA and a .917 save percentage. His numbers are slightly worse at home, but he should have a great shot of improving them Friday against a Kings club averaging just two goals per game away from the Staples Center.
News: Kassian (back) is targeting a return in either Friday's matchup with Los Angeles or against Buffalo on Sunday.
Impact: Kassian missed the previous two games due to his back issue, but should be back in action in the near future. The winger recorded nine goals in 28 games prior to getting hurt and is on pace to shatter the personal best he set last year (15). When Kassian is cleared to play, he should get a look on the top line with Connor McDavid.
News: Manning has not appeared in seven games since returning from a hand injury.
Impact: Manning has one goal, 17 PIM and 10 hits in nine games this season. He is typically the Oilers' seventh defenseman, although he could occasionally draw in for the recently recalled Joel Persson. Manning would likely step into the lineup if injuries struck on the blue line.
News: Sheahan has no points in his last seven games.
Impact: Sheahan has just one assist in 25 contests this season, adding 22 shots on goal and a minus-10 rating. He'll remain as a bottom-six forward likely for the entire year.
News: Neal picked up a power-play assist in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Senators.
Impact: Neal now has 19 points in 30 appearances this season, with 13 of them coming with a man advantage. The winger has added 71 shots on goal, 38 hits and a minus-16 rating.
News: Draisaitl produced an assist, two PIM and a minus-2 rating in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Senators.
Impact: Draisaitl set up Jujhar Khaira for the goal at 14:09 of the first period. With the helper, Draisaitl is up to 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists) in 30 games this year. He's tied with teammate Connor McDavid for the league lead -- expect the two superstars to exchange the Art Ross Trophy lead many more times before the campaign ends.
News: Gagner had two assists, one on the power play, in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Senators.
Impact: Gagner had the secondary helper on Jujhar Khaira's first-period goal, and dished to Oscar Klefbom for a power-play tally in the second. Gagner added three shots on goal in the contest. He's up to seven points and 26 shots through 14 games this year.
News: Khaira netted a goal on two shots, dished two hits and added two PIM in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Senators.
Impact: Khaira struck for his sixth goal of the year at 14:09 of the first period, but the Senators stormed back in the second period. All of Khaira's points have been tallies this season, and he's added 34 shots on goal and 58 hits through 28 games.
News: Klefbom scored a power-play goal on five shots, blocked four shots and went minus-4 in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Senators.
Impact: While Klefbom did get a goal, he was also on the ice for all four of the Senators' even-strength tallies, making Wednesday's performance a mixed bag at best. The Swedish defenseman has 19 points this season, 11 of which have come on the power play. He's posted 72 shots on goal, 97 blocked shots and a minus-15 rating in 30 contests.
News: Smith let in two goals on 13 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Senators on Wednesday.
Impact: Smith relieved Mikko Koskinen after the Senators' third goal. Smith hardly fared better than his teammate, as the Oilers were outplayed over the final two periods. The 37-year-old saw his GAA rise to 2.88 while his save percentage dipped to .905 through 16 appearances. It's unclear which goalie coach Dave Tippett will give the starting nod to for Friday's game against the Kings.
News: Koskinen surrendered three goals on 12 shots before being relieved by Mike Smith in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Senators.
Impact: Koskinen gave up a pair of goals in a 12-second span in the second period, and Tyler Ennis' tally six minutes later would end the Finn's night. He took the loss, dropping his record to 10-3-2 with a 2.62 GAA and a .917 save percentage in 17 contests. Given Koskinen's lackluster performance, it wouldn't be surprising to see Smith draw the start Friday against the Kings.
News: The Oilers recalled Cave from AHL Bakersfield on Wednesday.
Impact: With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand) on IR and Zack Kassian (back) ruled out for Wednesday's matchup against the Senators, Cave will serve as the 13th forward for the contest. Cave has accrued five points and a minus-11 rating over 16 AHL games, and he'll likely top out at a bottom-six role with Edmonton if he enters the lineup.
News: Russell (personal) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with Ottawa, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Russell missed Sunday's clash with the Canucks while tending to a personal matter, but he'll be back in there Wednesday, skating alongside the recently recalled Joel Persson on the Oilers' bottom pairing. The stay-at-home defender has already racked up 42 hits and 63 blocked shots in 28 games this campaign.
News: The Oilers placed Benning (head) on injured reserve Tuesday.
Impact: Edmonton has yet to release an expected timetable for Benning's recovery, but he'll miss the team's next three games at a minimum now that he's been placed on IR. The Oilers recalled Joel Persson from AHL Bakersfield in a corresponding move to fill in while Benning's on the shelf.
News: The Oilers assigned Jones to AHL Bakersfield on Tuesday.
Impact: Jones averaged 15:27 over nine NHL games, but he fired just four shots on net and didn't record a point. The Oilers brought up Joel Persson to serve as the seventh defenseman going forward, while Jones will look to build on the 10 points he's notched through 13 AHL games this year.
News: The Oilers recalled Persson from AHL Bakersfield on Tuesday.
Impact: Edmonton placed Matt Benning (head) on injured reserve in a corresponding move, so Persson will round out the team's depth at defense for at least the next three games. The 25-year-old Swede has notched two helpers in 10 games with the big club this campaign.
News: Koskinen will protect the home net in Wednesday's matchup against the Senators, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: Mike Smith (leg) will be ready to go, but the Oilers will afford Koskinen his fourth start in five games. Koskinen has been stellar lately with a .921 save percentage and 2.74 GAA over his last five outings, and the Senators have lost four straight games and could make it five pending the result of Tuesday's clash against the Canucks.
News: The Oilers assigned Skinner to AHL Bakersfield on Tuesday, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Impact: Skinner was brought up on emergency conditions while Mike Smith was dealing with a leg injury, but Smith will be ready for Wednesday's matchup against the Senators. The 21-year-old will continue to fine-tune his game and improve on his current .890 save percentage in the minors.
News: According to head coach Dave Tippett, Benning (head) has passed concussion tests, but will "probably be out a bit," Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Benning took a shot to the head during Sunday's 3-2 win over the Canucks and will miss some time as a result. The 25-year-old has been a solid bottom-pairing option for the Oilers this season, but he's only picked up five points while averaging 13:42 of ice time in 24 appearances, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to track his availability.
News: Nugent-Hopkins (hand) won't play in Wednesday's game against the Senators, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: The 26-year-old will miss a fifth straight game, but he was able to skate on his own prior to Tuesday's practice, according to Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com. Nugent-Hopkins was expected to return at some point this week, so he'll aim to shake his injury for Friday's matchup against the Kings.
News: Smith (leg) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with Ottawa, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: The Oilers have yet to announce a starter for Wednesday's contest, but Smith, who missed Sunday's clash with the Canucks due to a leg injury, will at least be available to serve as Edmonton's backup against the Senators. The veteran netminder has compiled a 7-7-1 record while posting a 2.83 GAA and .907 save percentage in 15 appearances this season.
News: Kassian (back) won't be available for Wednesday's matchup with Ottawa, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Kassian will miss a second straight contest Wednesday, but he's still considered day-to-day with his back issue, so he could be ready to return as soon as Friday against L.A. Once he's given the green light, the big-bodied winger will return to his spot skating alongside Connor McDavid on the Oilers' top line.
News: Coach Dave Tippett said Benning exited Sunday's win over the Canucks due to a shot that hit him in the head, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Benning returned to the game after absorbing this shot and later took another shot to the foot, but the bench boss revealed it was the former that forced the 25-year-old blueliner out after 9:44 of ice time. Considering this was Benning's first game back from a concussion, the team will certainly monitor this situation closely.
News: Klefbom blocked eight shots and fired three shots on goal in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Klefbom once again had to play big minutes when Matt Benning left the game with an undisclosed injury. The Swedish defenseman was up to the task, skating 26:19 while putting on a defensive clinic. Klefbom has 18 points, 67 shots on goal and a league-leading 93 blocked shots in 29 contests this season.
News: Nurse notched an assist and three shots on goal in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Nurse found Josh Archibald for the opening tally at 9:09 of the first period. The 24-year-old defenseman has cooled a bit from last year's scoring pace with 13 points in 29 games, compared to 41 points in 82 appearances in 2018-19. Nurse retains his fantasy value in non-scoring stats -- he has 63 hits, 51 blocked shots, 61 shots on goal and 22 PIM this season.
News: Neal recorded a power-play assist, three hits and two blocked shots in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Neal set up Leon Draisaitl's go-ahead goal in the third period, which would ultimately stand as the game-winner. Neal has rarely played provider this season -- Sunday's helper was his fourth to go with 14 goals through 29 games. He's accrued 12 of his points with the man advantage while adding 37 hits and 69 shots on goal in 2019-20.
News: Chiasson notched a pair of power-play assists in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Both of Chiasson's helpers came on tallies by Leon Draisaitl. The winger is up to eight points in 25 games this season, with three of his points coming with a man advantage. Chiasson appears set to work on the first power-play unit while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand) is out. Such a role sees Chiasson getting time alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, which is bound to boost his fantasy value in the short term.
News: Archibald scored a goal and added two hits in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Archibald filled in on the first line in place of Zack Kassian (back) in Sunday's contest, and he responded to the promotion with his first point of the season. The 27-year-old winger has added 50 hits and 20 shots on goal in 20 contests. He'll have a temporary boost in value until Kassian returns to reclaim the right wing job alongside Connor McDavid.
News: McDavid had two assists -- one on the power play -- in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: McDavid set up Josh Archibald at even strength to open the scoring in the first period. The star center then combined with Leon Draisaitl in the middle frame to retie the game at two. McDavid's first helper was enough to make him the first player in the league to reach 50 points. He's at 19 goals and 32 assists in only 29 contests this season.
News: Draisaitl scored two power-play goals on five shots in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Draisaitl cashed in both times Loui Eriksson took penalties in the contest. The pair of tallies put an end to the German's two-game dry spell. Draisaitl has 18 goals and 50 points in 29 games -- he's the second player to reach the 50-point mark this season after teammate Connor McDavid got to the milestone with a first-period assist.
News: Koskinen stopped 30 of 32 shots in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Koskinen was supported by a pair of goals by Leon Draisaitl as the Oilers earned a split of their home-and-home weekend series against the Canucks. The Finnish goalie improved to 10-2-2 with a 2.52 GAA and a .921 save percentage in 16 appearances. Expect Koskinen to see the bulk of the starts while Mike Smith (leg) is unavailable.
News: Benning (undisclosed) left Sunday's game in Vancouver and will not return.
Impact: Benning returned from injured reserve for Sunday's contest but already sustained another injury. He was hit in the head with a shot but returned before leaving a second time after blocking a shot. The Oilers have a couple of days off before Wednesday's contest against the Senators and an update on his status will be available before then.
News: Puljujarvi did not reach a contract agreement Sunday and will not be eligible to return to the NHL this season, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Puljujarvi already claimed that he was staying in Finland for the rest of this season but, by not signing a new contract by Sunday, he is officially ineligible to return during the 2019-20 campaign. The Oilers may still look to trade his right later this season.
News: Russell is away from the team after the birth of his child and won't play Sunday against the Canucks.
Impact: Russell should be ready to rejoin the team Wednesday against the Senators. Either Brandon Manning or Matt Benning are expected to take over on the bottom pairing in Russell's stead.
News: Kassian (back) is day-to-day and won't suit up for Sunday's matchup against the Canucks.
Impact: It appears Kassian was injured during Saturday's clash against the Canucks, but it doesn't sound like it's a long-term issue. It's unsettled who will replace Kassian on the team's top unit alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, but James neal and Joakim Nygard figure to be top candidates.
News: The Oilers recalled Skinner from AHL Bakersfield on Sunday.
Impact: Mike Smith suffered a leg injury during Saturday's matchup against the Canucks, so Skinner is being taken brought up to serve as Mikko Koskinen's backup for Sunday's rematch. Even if Smith's injury keeps him out for a few more games, Skinner isn't expected to see NHL action with no back-to-backs coming up. Skinner has an .890 save percentage and 3.23 GAA over 15 AHL games this year.
News: Koskinen will tend the road goal for Sunday's game against the Canucks, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: The 31-year-old has been solid to start the 2019-20 campaign, going 9-2-2 along with a 2.55 GAA and .920 save percentage in 15 appearances. He's even coming off a tough loss in his last start against Colorado in which he stopped 46 of 50 shots. Koskinen will face a tough test Sunday, however, facing a Canucks offense that ranks 11th in the league in goals per game (3.22).
News: Smith (leg) is day-to-day and won't suit up in Sunday's matchup against the Canucks.
Impact: Smith suffered this injury during Saturday's loss to the Canucks. The Oiler will start Mikko Koskinen in this clash, and they called up Stuart Skinner on an emergency basis to serve as the backup. With no back-to-backs in the near future, Koskinen figures to stake his claim to the crease as long as Smith's on the mend.
News: Gagner managed an assist in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Gagner has picked up four of his five points this season in his last five appearances. The 30-year-old has added 20 shots on goal and nine hits in 12 games. He's currently filling in at second-line center in the absence of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand).
News: Bear picked up an assist, two blocked shots and two PIM in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Bear set up Connor McDavid in the first period for the Oilers' first goal of the game. The 22-year-old defenseman is at nine points, 39 blocked shots and 18 PIM in 28 games this season.
News: Kassian scored a goal on three shots and added two PIM in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Canucks.
Impact: It was a typical performance for Kassian, as the winger improved to nine goals and 19 points in 28 games. He's added 87 hits and 29 PIM this season, providing a little grit on Connor McDavid's right wing side.
News: McDavid scored a goal and dished a helper in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Canucks.
Impact: McDavid got the Oilers on the board in the first period, and he set up Zack Kassian for the equalizer in the second, but that was all the offense to be had for his team. McDavid's two-point effort helped him leapfrog Leon Draisaitl for the league scoring lead -- the former now has 19 goals and 49 points in 28 games.
News: Smith gave up five goals on 38 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Canucks on Saturday.
Impact: Smith allowed two goals in the first period, but the Oilers were able to erase that deficit. The Canucks stormed back for three unanswered tallies to win it in the end. Smith dropped to 7-7-1 with a 2.83 GAA and a .907 save percentage in 15 starts this year. He likely won't play in Sunday's rematch in Vancouver, as Mikko Koskinen is expected to start the second half of the home-and-home set.
News: Chiasson (concussion/jaw) will play with a full facemask Saturday against the Canucks, Tom Gazzola of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Chiasson entered concussion protocol during Wednesday's loss to the Avalanche, but it appears he's been cleared to play. The 29-year-old will still wear a full mask to protect his jaw injury. Chiasson's expected to flank the second line, and he'll look to build on the six points through 23 games he's accrued so far.
News: Smith will patrol the crease during Saturday's home clash with the Canucks, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Smith was pretty sharp in his last start last Saturday against Vegas, stopping 25 of 27 shots en route to a 4-2 road win. The veteran backstop will attempt to pick up his eighth victory of the campaign in a home matchup with a Vancouver team that's 7-8-1 on the road this year.
News: Edmonton activated Benning (concussion) from injured reserve Friday.
Impact: The Oilers now have eight healthy defensemen on their roster, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Benning sit as a scratch for Saturday's clash with the Canucks. The 25-year-old has notched five helpers while posting a plus-8 rating in 23 games this campaign.
News: Nugent-Hopkins uderwent a procedure on his injured hand and won't be available for the Oilers' back-to-back set with the Canucks this weekend.
Impact: Nugent-Hopkins is expected to be ready to return sometime next week, so whatever procedure he underwent must have been minor. Sam Gagner will continue to center the Oilers' second line until Nugent-Hopkins is given the green light.
News: Larsson was assessed a major for elbowing and a game misconduct in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Larsson caught T.J. Tynan with an elbow in retaliation for Ryan Graves' crushing hit on the Oilers' Alex Chiasson. Larsson was then assessed 15 PIM and left the game, accounting for his first penalties in five games this year. The high elbow could result in supplemental discipline, but perhaps the league will consider the in-game punishment sufficient for the Swede's misdeed.
News: Jones has no points, a minus-2 rating and just three shots on goal in seven appearances this season.
Impact: Jones has done reasonably well on defense, and he's shown physicality with five hits and eight blocked shots. The 22-year-old had six points in 17 games with the Oilers last season. Jones will likely return to AHL Bakersfield once Matt Benning (concussion) returns.
News: Nygard was a healthy scratch Wednesday, but could be in line for a larger role with Alex Chiasson in the concussion protocol.
Impact: Chiasson exited Wednesday's game versus the Avalanche in the second period. Nygard has no points in his last five appearances with two turns in the press box during the span. However, if Chiasson is out long-term, Nygard would likely re-enter the lineup in a bottom-six role. The Oilers may also call up a forward from AHL Bakersfield to replenish their depth.
News: Nurse registered an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Nurse had the only helper on a Jujhar Khaira goal in the first period. The defenseman skated 27:59 with two hits, two blocked shots, two shots on goal and two PIM in the contest. Nurse is up to 12 points, 58 hits, 54 shots, 48 blocks and 22 PIM through 27 games this season. He's been a fairly reliable source of non-scoring production.
News: Khaira (undisclosed) potted a goal and added two hits in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Khaira's tally opened the scoring at 13:17 of the first period, but the Oilers lost Alex Chiasson to a concussion and Adam Larsson to a game misconduct penalty in the second. The team was unable to hang on with their depleted numbers, with Khaira's tally ultimately being their only one of the game. The 25-year-old has scored four goals and added 12 hits in his last four games. He has five goals and 54 hits in 25 games this season. Khaira missed two games with the injury, but could see a bump to the second line if Chiasson is out long-term.
News: Koskinen stopped 46 of 50 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Avalanche on Wednesday.
Impact: Despite Jujhar Khaira opening the scoring for the Oilers, a persistent Avalanche team was too much for Koskinen to handle. The Finnish goalie faced 17 shots and allowed three goals in the final frame. Koskinen dropped to 9-2-2 with a 2.55 GAA and a .920 save percentage in 15 games this season. The 31-year-old will likely start one of two games in a weekend home-and-home with the Canucks.
News: Chiasson entered the concussion protocol after leaving Wednesday's game against the Avalanche, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Chiasson was hit hard by Ryan Graves in the second period and did not return to the contest. Given the nature of head injuries, Chiasson may be out for an extended period of time. With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand) also out, the Oilers have only 12 healthy forwards on the roster. General manager Ken Holland may be forced to call up a forward from AHL Bakersfield for depth, especially if Chiasson's injury is long-term.
News: Chiasson (upper body) will not return to Wednesday's game versus the Avalanche, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Chiasson was crushed by the Avalanche's Ryan Graves in the second period. Chiasson skated only 4:43 in the contest. The Oilers' next game is Saturday versus the Canucks. If the 29-year-old is unable to play in that game, Joakim Nygard would likely replace him in the lineup.
News: Khaira (undisclosed) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Avalanche, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Khaira will return to a bottom-six role, skating with Riley Sheahan and Josh Archibald on the Oilers' third line against Colorado. The 25-year-old has only notched four points in 24 games this season, so he can be ignored for fantasy purposes.
News: Koskinen will start Wednesday's game against the Avalanche, Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels reports.
Impact: Koskinen has been stellar this season, with a 9-1-2 record, 2.45 GAA and .920 save percentage. Improving those numbers won't be easy against an Avalanche team that's tied for fourth in the NHL with 3.52 goals per game, though the Oilers handed Colorado a convincing 6-2 defeat with Mike Smith in net when these teams met back on Nov. 14.
News: Nugent-Hopkins is meeting with doctors regarding his hand injury and won't be available for Wednesday's matchup with Colorado, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Oilers are expected to release another update on Nugent-Hopkins' status at some point over the next few days, but it's looking like he could be in danger of missing extended time. Sam Gagner will get the first crack at replacing Nugent-Hopkins on Edmonton's second line Wednesday against the Avalanche.
News: Russell produced an assist and two PIM in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Russell had the lone helper on a Markus Granlund tally in the third period. Both wingers have been heating up lately, with Russell posting all four of his assists this season in his last six games. The 26-year-old has added 29 shots on goal, 26 hits and six PIM in 21 contests.
News: Draisaitl registered a power-play assist in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Draisaitl set up James Neal for the game's opening goal just 2:05 into the first period. Draisaitl remains atop the league with 32 assists and 48 points. He has 16 power-play points this year, which ranks second behind Connor McDavid's 21.
News: McDavid recorded a power-play assist, three shots on goal and two hits in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes.
Impact: McDavid's point streak is now at 11 games, with 12 goals and 12 assists during the run. The helper also added to his league lead in power-play points -- his 21 points are five better than teammate Leon Draisaitl. McDavid is up to 47 points (18 scores, 29 assists) in 26 contests this year.
News: Klefbom collected an assist, three shots on goal and four blocked shots in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Klefbom found Sam Gagner, who relayed to Alex Chiasson for the second-period tally. The Swedish defenseman is on pace for a career year with 18 points and 80 blocked shots in 26 appearances. His previous best scoring season was 2016-17, when he had 38 points in 82 games. Klefbom is aided by averaging a league-leading 25:49 per game and playing on the top power-play unit with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
News: Gagner recorded an assist, two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in a 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes on Sunday.
Impact: Gagner was pressed into action as the second-line center with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand) out of action. Gagner's helper came on an Alex Chiasson goal in the second period, as the two new linemates found quick chemistry. It's been a sporadic start to the year for the 30-year-old Gagner, who has often served as a healthy scratch. He has four points and 18 shots in 10 games this season. He could be in for a short-term boost in production if he can retain the second-line center role while Nugent-Hopkins is out, which is expected to last at least one more game.
News: Granlund scored the game-tying goal in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes.
Impact: The Oilers entered the third period down by a goal, but Granlund's third tally in his last four games tied the score at three. The recent goal binge has Granlund up to four points in 21 appearances. He had 22 points in 77 contests with the Canucks last season, but he'll need to be elevated off the fourth line to sustain his recent success for any extended length of time.
News: Chiasson scored a goal on three shots and added two hits in a 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes on Sunday.
Impact: Chiasson picked up his first point in his last seven appearances. It's been a tough second season with the Oilers for the 29-year-old -- he has just six points, 36 shots on goal and 18 PIM in 22 contests. He will typically fill a middle-six winger spot in the lineup.
News: Neal netted a power-play goal, fired four shots on goal and dished two hits in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Neal struck just 2:05 into the game, tallying his 14th goal of the season. Ten of his goals have come with a man advantage. Neal is up to 17 points, 65 shots and 30 hits in 26 appearances this year.
News: Koskinen stopped 27 of 30 shots in a 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes on Sunday.
Impact: The Finn wasn't sharp through 65 minutes of hockey, but he stopped Nick Schmaltz, Conor Garland and Vinnie Hinostroza in the shootout to get the win. Koskinen improved to 9-1-2 with a 2.45 GAA and a .920 save percentage in 14 appearances this season. Koskinen has been a solid goalie throughout the year, but he would be in for a tough task if he draws Wednesday's start versus the Avalanche.
News: Khaira (undisclosed) will not suit up for Sunday's contest in Arizona, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Khaira missed both of Edmonton's weekend tilts after suffering an injury in Thursday's loss to the Kings. The Oilers will have some time off before Wednesday's game in Colorado.
News: Nugent-Hopkins (hand) won't play in Sunday's game against the Coyotes.
Impact: It appears the 26-year-old center sustained this injury during Saturday's win over the Golden Knights, and he's already been ruled out for Wednesday's matchup against the Avalanche as well. Sam Gagner will serve as a placeholder on the second line Sunday. Nugent-Hopkins has five goals and 10 assists through 25 games this year.
News: Haas recorded an assist and three hits in a 4-2 win over the Golden Knights on Saturday.
Impact: Haas dished to Markus Granlund in the second period, helping restore a two-goal advantage for the Oilers. The Swiss center is up to five points, 13 shots on goal and 20 hits in 17 contests this year.
News: Russell managed an assist and three hits in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Russell helped out on a Markus Granlund goal in the second period. The 26-year-old winger has found a groove recently, with three assists in his last five appearances. Russell has added 26 hits and 28 shots on goal this season from a bottom-six role.
News: Kassian recorded two helpers, three shots on goal and six hits in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Kassian's helpers came on the first two goals of the game, scored by Connor McDavid and Ethan Bear. The 28-year-old winger is up to 18 points (eight tallies, 10 assists) and 79 hits through 25 games this season.
News: Granlund scored a goal on three shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: The Finn's second goal in his last three games put the Oilers ahead 3-1 in the second period. At the end, it wound up as the game-winner. Granlund's tally was also his 100th NHL point, coming in his 321st career game. The forward has only three points in 20 appearances this season, but all three have come in eight November outings.
News: Bear netted a goal, added three hits and went plus-2 in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Bear's tally at 16:00 of the first period made it 2-0 Oilers at the time. The 22-year-old defenseman has four goals and eight points through 25 games this season. He's added 35 blocked shots and 16 PIM.
News: Draisaitl produced three assists, two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Draisaitl set up both of Connor McDavid's goals in the game, as well as an Ethan Bear tally in the first period. The trio of apples helped the German retake the league lead in points at 47 (16 goals, 31 assists), one ahead of McDavid. Draisaitl has only been held off the scoresheet three times in 25 games, and he's added 15 power-play points, 81 shots on goal and a plus-7 rating this season.
News: McDavid scored twice on four shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: He opened the scoring at 5:17 of the first period and produced the final score with a power-play tally at 2:11 of the third. McDavid's pair of goals extended his point streak to 10 games, with 12 goals and 11 helpers in that span. The superhuman run is part of his 18-goal, 46-point effort through 25 games this season. The latter of his two goals also represented his 20th power-play point in 2019-20 -- he had 33 points with the man advantage last season but seems poised to easily establish a new personal best in that category.
News: Smith turned aside 25 of 27 shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Smith can blame his defense on both goals -- the first came on a rebound from a blocked shot, and the second saw the Golden Knights' Shea Theodore split two defenders. The result is what matters though, and Smith improved to 7-6-1 with his 250th career win. The 37-year-old has a 2.66 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 14 games this year. He'll don a baseball cap for Sunday's game versus the Coyotes, as Mikko Koskinen is confirmed to start.
News: Khaira (undisclosed) will not dress against the Golden Knights on Saturday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Khaira will sit after being hurt while blocking a shot against Los Angeles. Patrick Russell will dress in his place and skate on Edmonton's fourth line.