Edmonton Oilers Player News: All Positions

News: Draisaitl picked up his 52nd assist of the season in a 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa on Saturday.
Impact: Draisaitl has 95 points on the season, which puts him fourth on the scoring list. But he's second only to Alexander Ovechkin on the snipers list. Draisaitl should hit the century mark soon as he continues to etch his name on the list of the league's elite. #Sizzle
News: Koskinen made 31 saves Saturday, but that wasn't enough in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Senators.
Impact: So much for him being a decent streaming option against the league's worst team. Koskinen's save percentage on the day was only .886. Sometimes you're the windshield. Sometimes you're the bug. The only positive? The single point means the Oilers keep pace in the wild-card hunt. They're six points back.
News: McDavid notched a goal Saturday in a 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa.
Impact: It was his 38th goal and 108th point, tying his career mark set last season. McDavid has three straight 100-point seasons under his young belt and was recently named best player in a poll of his peers. We could add a bunch of superlatives, but his talent is obvious.
News: Khaira (foot) won't play against the Senators on Saturday, Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: Khaira's foot injury comes at an especially precarious time, as the Oilers are in a "never-say-never" situation when it comes to their playoff hopes. The B.C. native typically serves in a penalty-killing capacity with a bit of power-play time as well. With that said, the Senators are anything but a formidable opponent, so the Oilers have that going for them in the upcoming contest.
News: Koskinen will start in goal Saturday against the visiting Senators, Derek Van Diest of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Koskinen skated off with a 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets in his last start Thursday, but he only saw 20 shots. It doesn't get any easier than facing the Sens -- at least in terms of how the matchup looks on paper -- as this team has the worst record (25-43-6) in the entire league, not to mention a minus-57 goal differential through 74 games. Overall, Koskinen (23-18-4) is a decent streaming option on Saturday's busy daily slate.
News: Currie recorded an assist and two hits over 6:36 of ice time in Thursday's 4-1 win over Columbus.
Impact: Currie earned the assist on a short pass along the boards to Joe Gambardella, who then sent a backhanded pass to Kyle Brodziak, ultimately beating Joonas Korpisalo for the score. The point marks the first for Currie since scoring a goal against the Blue Jackets on March 2. The Canadian winger now has five points through 15 games this season.
News: McDavid scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-1 win over Columbus on Thursday.
Impact: If it weren't for McDavid, who now sits at 107 points on the year, in 70 games, the Oilers wouldn't be remotely close to a playoff spot. As it stands right now, the chances of them making the postseason are slim, but that in no way should take away from how magnificent No. 97 has been in 2018-19. If he's on your team, McDavid is starting, and the Oilers captain is also worth every penny in DFS formats.
News: Draisaitl recorded a trio of assists in a 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Impact: Draisaitl now has nine three-point performances and is up to 94 points through 74 games this season. All three assists versus Columbus came at even strength, as Edmonton was able to score on the power play, but it came via the team's second PP unit. With eight games remaining, Draisaitl's first 100-point campaign is well within reach.
News: Koskinen allowed a goal on 20 shots in Thursday's 4-1 win over Columbus.
Impact: It was a nice bounce-back performance from Koskinen after getting pulled in his last start. A return to the win column moves his record to 23-18-4, and the Finnish netminder now has a 2.85 GAA and .909 save percentage in 2018-19.
News: Koskinen will patrol the crease against the visiting Blue Jackets on Thursday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Koskinen was pulled from his last start against the Blues on Tuesday, as he permitted three goals on 20 shots in a 7-2 loss, but it's worth noting that he shut out Columbus at Nationwide Arena on March 2. He has an 11-11-3 record, 3.13 GAA and .901 save percentage through 27 games in 2019, so he'll be looking to right the ship after a hot start to the season.
News: Khaira (foot) will not return for Thursday's game against the Blue Jackets, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Khaira's bothersome foot will cost him a second straight game Thursday, and his absence comes at a bad time following a two-point stretch over the last three games. His next chance to rejoin the forward lines arrives Saturday when the Senators come to town, but the team hasn't released an official timeline.
News: Stolarz allowed four goals on 24 shots in relief during a 7-2 loss to the Blues on Tuesday.
Impact: This was the second time in the last week Stolarz entered in relief because of a poor start, and both times, he struggled. Stolarz owns an .854 save percentage in his last two appearances. Overall, he is 4-4-3 with a 3.52 GAA and a .900 save percentage in 16 games with the Flyers and Oilers this season.
News: Koskinen allowed three goals on 20 shots over about 25 minutes before getting pulled during a 7-2 loss to the Blues on Tuesday.
Impact: The 30-year-old isn't experiencing a very good second half to the season, and he's taken a giant nose dive in March. In the last four games, he is 1-3-0 with an .853 save percentage. Since Jan. 19, Koskinen hasn't been all that much better, posting a .900 save percentage in 22 games. Overall, he is 22-18-4 with a 2.89 GAA and a .908 save percentage in 47 games this season.
News: Khaira (foot) will not play in St. Louis on Tuesday, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: Khaira has just three assists since the start of February, missing nine games during that time. With just 18 points, the 24-year-old shouldn't be on many fantasy radars.
News: Koskinen will tend the twine against the Blues on the road Tuesday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Koskinen is struggling for consistency, as he went 2-2-0 with a 3.93 GAA in his previous four outings. The Finnish netminder will see the bulk of the load the rest of the way, though trade acquisition Anthony Stolarz could get the occasional look, especially if (when) the Oilers are eliminated from playoff contention.
News: McDavid provided two assists, one on the power play, in a 6-3 loss to the Golden Knights on Sunday.
Impact: McDavid had a hand in goals by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl in the contest. The 22-year-old superstar is up to 105 points in 68 games this season, and if it weren't for Nikita Kucherov posting 117 points so far, McDavid would likely have a better chance at the Art Ross and Hart at the season's end.
News: Russell scored his third goal of the year in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Russell also had three hits and two blocked shots in the contest. The blueliner has a goal and four assists in eight games in March, as well as 29 blocks (nine of which came in a 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs on March 9). He can be worth a look in deep formats.
News: Draisaitl buried his 43rd tally of the season in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: He added four PIM but went minus-3 in the contest as well. Draisaitl has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last 17 games, collecting 25 points in that span. With 91 points from 72 outings this season, the German makes quite the Robin to Connor McDavid's Batman.
News: Nugent-Hopkins scored his 23rd goal of the season while on a man advantage in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: The goal gives Nugent-Hopkins 59 points in 72 games, with 23 of those points coming on the power play. He does carry a minus-14 rating this season, but the career-high effort in points will likely see him top 60 for the first time in his career.
News: Koskinen dropped the second game of a back-to-back, surrendering six goals on 34 shots in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Koskinen's record dropped to 22-17-4 with the ugly performance, which came only a day after he picked up the 3-2 overtime win in Arizona. He owns a 2.85 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He's started all but one of the last 16 games for the Oilers, leaving Anthony Stolarz as a frequent backup, although it's reasonable to expect Stolarz will get a turn soon.
News: Koskinen will tend the road crease Sunday in Vegas, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: The Finnish netminder is 6-1-0 with a 2.29 GAA and .932 save percentage over his last seven starts. Playing both ends of a back-to-back for the second time this season, Koskinen will be looking for his second win over the Golden Knights in 2018-19, as he and the Oilers defeated Vegas back on Dec. 1, with Koskinen making 31 saves in a 2-1 win. It will be no easy task, as the home team enters play Sunday having won seven of its last 10.
News: Klefbom recorded an assist in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against the Coyotes.
Impact: Klefbom needed less than a minute to set up Connor McDavid in the extra frame for the latter's second goal of the game. Klefbom has 21 points (five goals, 16 helpers) in 50 games this season, a campaign shortened by a finger injury earlier in the year.
News: Draisaitl had an assist in Saturday's 3-2 overtime with versus the Coyotes.
Impact: Draisaitl provided the secondary helper on Matt Benning's go-ahead goal in the second period. The German forward is up to 90 points for the first time in his career, with 42 goals and 48 helpers in 71 outings. While he saw his 14-game point streak end versus the Devils on Wednesday, he should continue to be an elite option through the end of the season.
News: Chiasson recorded one assist and two hits in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against the Coyotes.
Impact: Chiasson is on a modest three-game point streak, with a goal and two helpers in that span. He's accumulated 33 points in 62 games, just two shy of his career high from 2013-14. With 14 points on the power play, Chiasson can be a valuable depth winger in many formats.
News: Russell picked up a helper while shorthanded in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against the Coyotes.
Impact: The defenseman, who's known mostly for his defensive play, surprisingly only has three shorthanded points in his career. Russell is up to two goals and 13 assists in 61 appearances this year, although his primary stat of interest is his 167 blocked shots. In formats that don't count blocks, Russell can safely be avoided.
News: Benning netted his fifth goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win versus the Coyotes.
Impact: The physical blueliner has now scored in three straight contests, with 15 points in 59 games this season. Benning's unprecedented scoring run should not be considered a change of form for him -- his bread and butter will remain in the physical game, as he has tossed 91 hits this season as well. He does own a plus-14 rating, the highest mark in his three-year career.
News: McDavid scored two goals, once while shorthanded, and added a helper in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against the Coyotes.
Impact: The superstar center also added three hits, three shots and a plus-3 rating to his stat line. McDavid's second goal came in overtime for the victory. He has multiple points in seven straight games, scoring three times and adding 13 assists in that span, and his point streak overall is at 11 games. The 22-year-old is up to 36 goals and 67 assists in 67 games this season.
News: Koskinen stopped 28 of 30 shots in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against the Coyotes.
Impact: Koskinen was pulled from his last start Wednesday against the Devils, but bounced back and got a pair of goals from superstar center Connor McDavid to earn the win. Koskinen improved to 22-16-4 with a 2.77 GAA and a .911 save percentage. He will continue to see the majority of the starts, but Anthony Stolarz will likely play Sunday's contest in Vegas.
News: Koskinen will guard the goal in Saturday's road game against the Coyotes, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Koskinen struggled in his last start Wednesday against the Devils, surrendering four goals on 18 shots before being replaced by Anthony Stolarz for the remainder of the eventual 6-3 loss. The Finnish netminder will look to bounce back and pick up his 22nd win of the season in a tough road matchup with a red-hot Coyotes club that's gone 8-2-0 in its last 10 contests.
News: Gambardella was promoted from AHL Bakersfield on Friday, TSN reports.
Impact: The 25-year-old winger has torn it up in the AHL, adding 27 goals and 18 assists to complement a plus-19 rating through 48 games this season. Gambardella becomes the 16th forward on the active roster for an Oilers team that needs a miracle to wind up in the postseason.
News: Sekera has two helpers in 12 appearances this season.
Impact: Sekera's second assist of the year came in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Devils. He's added a plus-5 rating and 14 shots on goal so far, but it's a far cry from the 35 points he had in 2016-17. The 32-year-old blueliner has been slowed by injuries over the last two seasons, torpedoing his fantasy value.
News: Lucic (undisclosed) had two hits and a fight in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Devils.
Impact: Lucic dropped the mitts with Kurtis Gabriel 3:09 into the first period to accumulate the five PIM, which gives him 70 for the year. He also has 228 hits in 68 games to go with 17 points. Given the fight, it's safe to say whatever injury held him out of the last two games is not going to affect his play going forward.
News: Klefbom (undisclosed) picked up an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Devils.
Impact: Deuces were wild on his stat line in the contest, with two shots, two blocked shots, two PIM and a minus-2 rating. The blueliner hit 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) for the fourth time in five seasons. Klefbom can safely be used as normal for fantasy owners.
News: Khaira (undisclosed) picked up a helper and dished out six hits in a 6-3 loss to the Devils on Wednesday.
Impact: It's his first point in nine games, a stretch interrupted by a lower-body injury. Khaira has 17 points (three goals, 14 helpers) in 57 games this season, as well as 117 hits. He likely won't draw much attention in the fantasy arena.
News: Benning scored a goal and registered an assist in a 6-3 loss to the Devils on Wednesday.
Impact: Benning also pumped five shots on goal, blocked three shots and served up a pair of hits. The all-around strong game brings Benning to four goals and 10 assists in 58 games this season. The 24-year-old doesn't have a ton of fantasy appeal, but could be a value pick in DFS while he's holding a hot stick.
News: McDavid picked up a pair of helpers, one on the power-play, in a 6-3 loss to the Devils on Wednesday.
Impact: McDavid's two assists helped him reach the 100-point mark for the third straight season (34 goals, 66 helpers). He's been on a tear to get there, with a goal and 12 apples in his last six games. His active point streak is now at 10 games. He's got a strong chance to set a new personal best in points, as he's just eight back of matching last year's totals.
News: Chiasson scored on the power play in a 6-3 loss to the Devils on Wednesday.
Impact: It's the first time the journeyman winger has 20 goals in a season. Chiasson is up to 32 points in 61 games this year, with 14 of his points coming with the man advantage. Chiasson is the Oilers' fourth 20-goal man this year, behind Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The winger has been used on three different lines this year, making his fantasy value somewhat volatile.
News: Gagner scored a goal on three shots in a 6-3 loss to the Devils on Wednesday.
Impact: Gagner's goal tied the game at 1 in the first period, but a three-goal second period from the Devils tipped the game in their favor. Gagner has four goals and two assists in 13 appearances with the Oilers this season, giving him nine points in 20 games overall.
News: Stolarz relieved Mikko Koskinen in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Devils, yielding two goals on 17 shots.
Impact: Stolarz played better than his creasemate, but didn't do enough to get the Oilers out of the hole they dug for themselves. Stolarz's record remains at 4-4-3 with a 3.36 GAA and a .903 save percentage. Look for the 25-year-old to start one of the Oilers' two road games in Arizona and Vegas over the weekend.
News: Koskinen surrendered four goals on 18 shots, getting the hook from coach Ken Hitchcock in a 6-3 loss to the Devils on Wednesday.
Impact: Koskinen came into the contest on a five-game winning streak, but the injury-ravaged Devils got to the Finnish goalie early and often. Koskinen's record dropped to 21-16-4 with a 2.79 GAA and a .911 save percentage. The Oilers head on the road over the weekend, at Arizona on Saturday and Vegas on Sunday. It's likely Koskinen and Anthony Stolarz will split those starts.
News: Koskinen will start between the pipes in Wednesday's game against the visiting Devils.
Impact: In his last five outings, the Finn has given up just nine goals while posting a 1.80 GAA and .948 save percentage. Koskinen will take on a New Jersey offense that averaged 1.67 goals per game in their first six games in March. The 30-year-old boasts a 21-15-4 record, 2.73 GAA and .913 save percentage so far this season.
News: Lucic (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Devils, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: After a pair of games in the press box, Lucic returns to the lineup still looking to find an offensive groove. The veteran winger has notched just three points (all assists) over 15 games prior, though he did contribute with 50 hits over that span. Lucic is well over the hill in terms of fantasy, making him mainly a serviceable option in deep leagues or in leagues that reward his physicality (226 hits this season).
News: Kahaira (undisclosed) will play in Wednesday's home contest against the Devils, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Kahaira was unable to practice Tuesday, and missed nine games from late February to early March. The Oilers will get Khaira's 16 points in 56 games back in their lineup. The 24-year-old should resume his role on the left wing with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner.
News: Klefbom (undisclosed) will suit up in Wednesday's home tilt against the Devils.
Impact: Klefbom was unable to skate in Tuesday's practice, but seems to be healthy enough to suit up in game action. The 25-year-old has been decent this campaign, accumulating 19 points in 48 games. Expect the Swede to keep his place on the top defensive pair and on the power play.
News: Khaira will be re-evaluated ahead of Wednesday's clash with New Jersey after missing practice Tuesday.
Impact: It's unclear if this latest issue for Khaira is related to the lower-body injury that previously kept him out nine games from late February to early March. The winger's potential absence would likely clear the way for Ty Rattie to be reinserted into the lineup, especially if Milan Lucic (undisclosed) is also unavailable versus the Devils.
News: Lucic (undisclosed) will be re-evaluated Wednesday morning, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Impact: This undisclosed issue caused Lucic to miss the past two games, and his status for Wednesday's clash against the Devils is up in the air as well. Once a perennial 50-plus-point producer, Lucic has only recorded five goals and 12 helpers through 67 games this season; don't be afraid to cut him in a shallow league in favor of a forward who may be tempting to snag off the waiver wire.
News: Klefbom (undisclosed) didn't skate Tuesday, but coach Ken Hitchcock relayed he is "feeling better" and will be re-evaluated ahead of Wednesday's game against the Devils.
Impact: Klefbom's status remains in question as of Tuesday, but some clarity on the situation should arise after another night's rest. While the 25-year-old blueliner isn't exactly a fantasy juggernaut, he's on pace to improve on his 21 points through 66 games last season and should be rostered in many fantasy formats.
News: Klefbom (undisclosed) sustained an injury in Monday's 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers.
Impact: The defenseman was limited to 5:45 of ice time in the narrow victory. Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock doesn't believe the injury is serious but added that the team will know more Tuesday. Having already missed significant time with finger injuries, Klefbom's produced five goals and 14 assists through 48 games this season.
News: Brodziak racked up 17 PIM in Monday's 3-2 overtime win versus the Rangers.
Impact: Brodziak answered the bell after the Rangers' Connor Brickley delivered a check to the head of Oilers defenseman Matt Benning. For his troubles, he picked up an instigator minor and a misconduct in addition to the fighting major. Brodziak has only five goals and three assists in 63 games this season, and the festivities Monday more than doubled his season total in PIM to 31.
News: Chiasson picked up a power-play assist in a 3-2 overtime win versus the Rangers on Monday.
Impact: Chiasson has two goals and two assists in his last eight games, right in line with his 31 points over 60 contests this season. The 28-year-old winger has recorded 13 of his 31 points with the man advantage, making him an interesting add in deeper formats.
News: Kassian provided an assist in Monday's 3-2 overtime win versus the Rangers.
Impact: Kassian has been on a run with four goals and a helper in his last six games, while also collecting 13 hits and 14 shots in that span. Kassian is in the midst of his third 20--plus-point season, with 12 goals and nine assists over 66 games. He's seen some time on the top line with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, which is a position bound to generate some points for virtually any player.
News: Nurse earned an assist and fired six shots on goal in Monday's 3-2 overtime win against the Rangers.
Impact: Nurse saved the helper for last, providing the secondary assist on Leon Draisaitl's game-winning goal 35 seconds into the extra frame. Nurse has produced in a variety of categories this season, with a career-high 35 points, 171 shots, 135 hits and 121 blocked shots. The only knock on his stat line is a minus-8 rating.
News: Benning tallied a goal on two shots in a 3-2 overtime win versus the Rangers on Monday.
Impact: Benning has a goal and an assist in 11 games since being activated from injured reserve, while adding 12 shots and 10 hits and blocked shots apiece. His goal Monday gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead, but they would need Leon Draisaitl to score in overtime to get the victory. Benning has 12 points in 57 appearances this season. His status as a third-pairing defender gives him minimal fantasy value.
News: McDavid scored a power-play goal and assisted on the game-winner in overtime in Monday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: McDavid has a nine-game point streak going, with three goals and 16 helpers in that span. For the season, the superstar center has 34 goals and 64 assists in 65 games as he closes in on a third straight 100-point campaign. He added five shots Monday to rise his season total to 207.
News: Draisaitl scored the game-winning goal in overtime and added two helpers in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
Impact: Draisaitl's point streak is now at 14 games, during which he's picked up 10 goals and 13 assists. Four of his last five games have seen the German register multiple points, giving him a whopping 89 points (42 goals, 47 assists) in 69 contests this season.
News: Koskinen (illness) won his return, yielding two goals on 30 shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime win against the Rangers.
Impact: Koskinen is on a five-game winning streak, with only nine goals allowed in that span. The 30-year-old owns a 21-15-4 record with a 2.73 GAA and a .913 save percentage. Koskinen will be a good option Wednesday versus the Devils should he get the starting nod again.
News: Lucic (undisclosed) won't suit up against the Rangers on Monday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Lucic will miss a second straight game due to his undisclosed issue. In his absence, Leon Draisaitl will move up to the top line with Connor McDavid, while Jujhar Khaira slots into a top-six role. Given his heavy cap hit ($6 million), it's hard to imagine team brass isn't disappointed with Lucic's lack of production this season (five goals and 12 assists). According to Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels, Lucic will practice Tuesday, giving him a decent chance of returning Wednesday against the Devils.
News: Koskinen (illness) will tend the twine for Monday's home clash with the Rangers, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Koskinen was held out versus Toronto on Saturday due to an illness, but appears to be healthy and ready to go Monday. The netminder is riding a four-game winning streak in which he posted a 1.75 GAA and .951 save percentage. The Finn figures to carry the bulk of the load for the Oilers the rest of the way after beating out the departed Cam Talbot (Philadelphia) for the No. 1 job in Edmonton.
News: McDavid had two even-strength assists and four shots in Saturday's 3-2 loss versus Toronto.
Impact: Trialing the whole way, the 22-year-old led a failed comeback attempt with two assists in the final two minutes. Dating back to Feb. 16, the Canadian has registered a point in eight straight games, and has 14 points in that span. McDavid is easily on pace for a third-straight 100 point season, and could top his career-high of 108 points this campaign.
News: Stolarz made 37 saves in a 3-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday night.
Impact: It was his first start for Edmonton and what an opponent. He was subbing in for Mikko Koskinen, who became ill Saturday. The score was closer than the game -- the Leafs had the Oil by the throat for 58-and-a-half minutes. Stolarz will be back on the end of the bench soon. No need to go pick him up.
News: Draisaitl set up both Edmonton goals in a 3-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday night.
Impact: He has at least a point in 13 straight games for a total of 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists). Draisaitl sits sixth in the NHL with 86 points; he's tied with Colorado's Mikko Rantanen. The Oilers are top-heavy with both Draisaitl and Connor McDavid on the same line. It doesn't do much for their spot in the standings, but it's fantasy heaven for owners.
News: Lucic (undisclosed) is not in the lineup Saturday versus the Maple Leafs, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lucic is a surprise omission from Edmonton's lineup, but he'll hope to be healthy in time to face the Rangers on Monday. Ty Rattie will take the bruising forward's spot in the lineup Saturday night.
News: Stolarz will start in goal against the visiting Maple Leafs on Saturday, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Mikko Koskinen was originally expected to start, but he's come down with an illness, so it'll be Stolarz in his Oilers starting debut facing a Maple Leafs club with a plus-50 goal differential and 5-3-2 record over its past 10 games. The inexperienced netminder isn't a recommended fantasy play due to the daunting matchup and the fact that he won't end up getting a lot of time to prepare for the Buds.
News: Koskinen won't start Saturday's game against Toronto due to an illness, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Koskinen was expected to get the start in goal for a fifth straight game Saturday, but an illness has derailed those plans for the Oilers. With Koskinen under the weather, Anthony Stolarz will guard the cage against the Maple Leafs.
News: Koskinen will start between the pipes in Saturday's home game against the Maple Leafs, NHL.com's Derek Van Diest reports.
Impact: Koskinen has been red hot recently, picking up four consecutive victories while posting an outstanding 1.75 GAA and .951 save percentage over that span. The 30-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling and secure his 21st win of the season in a tough home matchup with a Toronto team that's averaging 3.58 goals per game on the road this campaign, first in the NHL.
News: Nugent-Hopkins scored during Thursday's 3-2 win over the Canucks for a new career high of 57 points.
Impact: In the eighth season of his career, Nugent-Hopkins is having a banner season in every sense. He is three goals, one assist, and one power-play point behind his personal-best marks in each of those categories, as he has joined Connor McDavid on the first line.
News: Khaira registered two shots on goal and one hit over 8:40 of ice time in Thursday's 3-2 win over Vancouver.
Impact: Thursday marked Khaira's first action after missing nine games due to a lower-body injury. On the season, the 24-year-old is averaging 12:30 of ice time per game and has scored 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) over 54 games.
News: McDavid stretched his point streak to seven games with a pair of assists in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Many of McDavid's strong efforts have gone to waste this season, but that hasn't been the case of late, with the Oilers winning five of the seven most recent games. He's chipped in 12 points during this strong stretch. There have been only eight games this season in which McDavid has played and failed to mark the scoresheet, so he's about as automatic as it gets.
News: Koskinen made 35 saves in Thursday's 3-2 win over Vancouver.
Impact: Koskinen withstood a fiery comeback bid after getting spotted a 3-0 lead, emerging with his fourth consecutive victory. This strong run is probably too little too late as far as Edmonton's playoff hopes are concerned, but since a .500 record is good enough to be in the hunt in the West at this point, the Oilers should continue to ride their No. 1 netminder down the stretch.
News: As expected, Khaira (lower body) will return to the lineup for Thursday's game against Vancouver, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Khaira was technically considered a game-time decision for Thursday's contest, but his return to action was already all but confirmed by his activation off injured reserve following morning skate. The 24-year-old will return to a bottom-six role, centering Tobias Rieder and Kyle Brodziak on the Oilers' fourth line against the Canucks.
News: Stolarz (illness) is the projected backup to Mikko Koskinen for Thursday's home game against the Canucks, Derek Van Diest of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Despite missing practice with an illness Wednesday, it appears that Stolarz will be available on an as-needed basis for this divisional clash with Vancouver. The American backstop has only appeared in one game for Edmonton since Philadelphia sent him over in a deal for veteran goalie Cam Talbot ahead of the trade deadline. Stolarz is 6-4-4 with a 2.88 GAA and .911 save percentage over 20 career contests.
News: Koskinen will defend the cage at home versus the Canucks on Thursday.
Impact: Koskinen will vie for his 20th win of the season, fielding shots from a Vancouver club that averages only 2.69 goals per game on the road -- only four teams are worse in that important metric. While he's had to navigate through plenty of peaks and valleys in his debut campaign, Koskinen is heating back up at the right time; plenty of owners are at the outset of the fantasy hockey playoffs with Koskinen having reeled off three consecutive victories leading up to Thursday's action.
News: Khaira (lower body) has been taken off injured reserve, per the NHL media site.
Impact: While the team is referring to Khaira as a game-time decision, there would be little point in removing him from IR if he wasn't going to suit up versus Vancouver on Thursday. The winger figures to slot into a bottom-six role and would likely bounce Josh Currie from the lineup, though Ty Rattie has served as a healthy scratch periodically as well.
News: Khaira (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday night's clash with the Canucks, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While Khaira reportedly has looked good from the vantage point of head coach Ken Hitchcock, the Oilers need the fourth-year forward to get the official green light from team doctors and a corresponding removal from IR in order to return. Either way, most owners won't be sweating out Khaira's status given that he's only compiled three goals and 13 assists through 53 games this season.
News: Head coach Ken Hitchcock said Wednesday that Khaira (lower body) "looked great" and will be evaluated again Thursday.
Impact: If Khaira doesn't suffer any setbacks, he could be good to go for Thursday's game against Vancouver. Ken Hitchcock also said that he anticipates the Canadian to come off injured reserve and play, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports. Khaira was placed on injured reserve Feb. 18 and has missed nine games with this lower body injury.
News: Stolarz didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Stolarz' absence leaves his status for Thursday's game against the Canucks in question. If he's unable to dress, the Oilers will need to recall a goaltender to serve as their backup against Vancouver.
News: Gagner picked up an assist in Monday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Gagner has three goals and a helper in nine games since the Canucks flipped him to Edmonton. Overall this season, he has seven points in 16 contests, a reasonable rate from the formerly-consistent 40-point winger. He's been stuck in the bottom-six for the Oilers since the trade, and without a physical aspect to his game, he has extremely limited value for fantasy purposes.
News: Larsson recorded a helper and five shots on goal in Monday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Larsson had gone six games without a point before setting up Kyle Brodziak in the dying seconds of the second period. Larsson has 16 points in 66 games with a minus-16 rating this season. He has delivered 202 hits (12th in the league) and 107 blocked shots, which lends him fantasy value in some deeper formats.
News: Brodziak's fifth goal of the season was the game-winner in a 4-3 victory over the Sabres on Monday.
Impact: The goal came with only five seconds left in the second period, and it was enough to make the Sabres swap Linus Ullmark out in favor of Carter Hutton to start the third period. Brodziak went 19 games without a goal and 15 skates without a point prior to his tally Monday. The 34-year-old center has been mired on the fourth line in his first season of his second stint with the Oilers, a graveyard for point production on the eight-worst offense in the league.
News: Kassian netted his 11th goal of the season in a 4-3 win over the Sabres on Monday.
Impact: Kassian's marker ignited a three-goal burst over the last 3:31 over the second period that carried the Oilers to the victory. The gritty winger added two hits and four shots in the contest. Kassian has 19 points in 63 outings this year, but his calling card is his 156 hits. He's on a three-game scoring streak, and as long as he occupies the right wing slot alongside Connor McDavid, Kassian is likely to see a boost in his offensive contributions.
News: McDavid chipped in a pair of assists in Monday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.
Impact: The first of his helpers came on Leon Draisaitl's shorthanded goal early in the game. Over his last six appearances, McDavid has 10 points (two goals, eight assists). While Draisaitl has been the hotter of the two recently, McDavid has done his fair share to contribute as well. McDavid has 33 goals and 92 points in 62 games and is closing in on his third-straight 60-assist season.
News: Nurse scored the tying goal and added a shorthanded assist in Monday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Nurse's eighth goal of the season was part of a three-goal outburst for the Oilers in the last four minutes of the second period. The blueliner is up to 34 points in 66 games, and has earned five points over his last four outings. He added two hits and three shots in Monday's contest to round out the performance. With 100-plus hits, blocked shots and shots this year, Nurse can provide fantasy value in a number of ways across many different formats.
News: Draisaitl scored a shorthanded goal and added an assist in Monday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Draisaitl's goal came only 1:28 into the game, while the helper set up defenseman Darnell Nurse's equalizing goal late in the second period. Draisaitl has an 11-game point streak rolling, with nine goals and 17 points in that span. He's racked up 83 points in 66 contests this year, and with the way he's playing, he's got a realistic chance at 100-plus points by season's end.
News: Koskinen stopped 35 of 38 shots to earn the win in a 4-3 victory over the Sabres on Monday.
Impact: Koskinen let in all three goals during the first period, and then made 12 saves in each of the final two frames. His record improved to 19-15-4 with a 2.77 GAA and a .911 save percentage. Koskinen is riding a modest three-game winning streak, and will have a chance to extend it if he draws the start Thursday against the Canucks.
News: Puljujarvi underwent hip surgery in New York City on Monday.
Impact: As was already reported, Puljujarvi's hip injury will sideline him for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. The 20-year-old will finish the campaign with nine points and a minus-14 rating in 46 appearances. Many hockey insiders believe the Oilers will look to move on from Puljujarvi after this season.
News: Koskinen will man the visitor's crease for Monday's road game versus the Sabres.
Impact: Koskinen is coming off consecutive wins, including a 30-save shutout in his last start. Back on Jan. 14, Koskinen made 41 saves in a 7-2 win over Buffalo, mind you, that game took place in Edmonton. With Monday's contest being played in Sabres country, Koskinen will be hoping for a repeat performance and has a good chance of coming away with a win, as the hosts have lost three of four and seven of their last 10.
News: Chiasson lit the lamp in Saturday's win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: He entered the contest on a 21-game goalless streak, but he shook off the slump with an insurance goal in the second period. While parked in the slot, Chiasson received a pass from Connor McDavid and quickly snapped it past Sergei Bobrovsky. Despite the cold streak, Chiasson still has a respectable 18 goals and 29 points through 56 games this season
News: Russell notched two assists in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Playing against the club that drafted him in the third round back in 2005, Russell put together his first multi-point effort since Nov. 13. The stay-at-home blueliner has only two goals and 13 points through 55 games, but he provides a little fantasy value in other categories -- he's got a plus-3 rating on a mediocre Oilers squad, and has added 143 blocked shots and 69 hits.
News: McDavid recorded three assists in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: That's now 90 points (33 goals, 57 helpers) through 61 games for McDavid, and he hasn't slowed down since the calendar flipped to 2019 -- the 22-year-old has 12 goals and 32 assists in his last 23 games. He's formed a potent 1-2 punch on the Oilers' top line with Leon Draisaitl, even if the rest of the roster hasn't exactly held up its end.
News: Draisaitl scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The goal was his 40th of the year, and Draisatil has also hit the 80-point plateau for the first time in his career. The third overall pick in the 2014 draft has exploded this season, and he's actually gotten better as the campaign has progressed -- he's got an active 10-game point streak and has racked up 16 goals and 25 points in his last 17 contests.
News: Koskinen stopped all 30 shots he faced in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: It's the 30-year-old's fourth shutout of the season but his first since early December. Koskinen has a 2.76 GAA and .911 save percentage on the season, and with Cam Talbot now in Philly, the Finnish rookie is locked in as the Oilers' No. 1 goalie for the rest of this season and likely beyond.
News: Koskinen will start in net Saturday in Columbus versus the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Coming off a 35-save effort against the Senators on Friday, the Oilers will turn to the 30-year-old netminder for a 10th straight game. He's posted a mixed bag of results over that span, but his road numbers -- a 3.12 GAA and .902 save percentage -- leave much to be desired. Koskinen also faces a tough task setting aside pucks from a Blue Jackets club that retooled prior to the trade deadline.
News: Draisaitl picked up an assist Thursday in a 4-2 win over Ottawa.
Impact: The point extended his scoring streak to nine games and 12 points (seven goals, five assists). Draisaitl and Connor McDavid form a fantastic one-two punch at center for the Oilers. Too bad they couldn't find them a few more wingers to play with.
News: McDavid scored his 33rd goal of the season in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Impact: He now has five points on a four-game scoring streak that was interrupted by suspension. McDavid is third in league scoring with 87 points. He'll need to fire up the afterburners if he wants to catch Patrick Kane (94) or Nikita Kucherov (104), but anything is possible with McSavior's talent. We won't bet against him.
News: Koskinen made 35 saves in Thursday's 4-2 win over Ottawa.
Impact: Koskinen's game has sharpened in the last five games -- he's 3-1-1 and has allowed 12 goals in that span. The Oilers need him to keep this strong play up to have any shot at a postseason berth. We're not sold on him yet -- this uptick in play has been short and sweet, relative to the queasiness of his overall play.
News: Puljujarvi will undergo surgery on his hip and will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Impact: Puljujarvi has already missed the Oilers' previous six outings due to his hip issue. There was some speculation that the winger would be moved at the trade deadline, but his injury ended any chance of him being traded. It's unclear if Edmonton will try again to trade him or what sort of offer he will get from the club as a restricted free agent this offseason in terms of a likely bridge deal, given the uncertainty of his recovery timeline.
News: Koskinen will tend the twine for Thursday's road tilt with Ottawa, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Koskinen will be back in the crease after getting the hook against Toronto on Wednesday. He gave up four goals on just 16 shots for a .750 save percentage and was replaced by Anthony Stolarz. The 30-year-old Koskinen will be making his ninth straight appearance in the crease, having gone 2-4-2 with a 2.79 GAA in his previous eight outings.
News: McDavid returned from a two-game suspension Wednesday, generating a power-play assist in a 6-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock noted before the Oilers-Leafs game that McDavid was ticked off (saying so in slightly more colorful terms) about the suspension that stemmed from the star pivot's illegal check to the head of the Islanders' Nick Leddy in a road game last Thursday. Fantasy owners probably expected more than a single point from McDavid since he was evidently determined to take out his suspension-related frustration in a marquee matchup with Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs, but then again, this was a big letdown by the entire Edmonton team.
News: Nurse notched two assists, one on the power play, in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: While the 24-year-old is putting together a career-best season with seven goals and 31 points through 63 games, Nurse is still far from a consistent fantasy contributor -- he had only one point (an assist) in his prior eight games. His spot on the Oilers' top power-play unit does give him a somewhat secure floor, but he's still more useful in deeper season-long formats.
News: Stolarz replaced Mikko Koskinen early in the second period Wednesday, stopping 18 of 20 shots in a 6-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Seeing his first action since the trade from the Flyers, Stolarz held his own and both goals against him came while the Oilers were short-handed. With the team right back at it Thursday in Ottawa, don't be surprised if Stolarz makes his first start for Edmonton, although the 25-year-old's 3.34 GAA and .902 save percentage on the season don't inspire a lot of confidence.