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Tobias Rieder (upper body) is expected to miss about a month.

Rieder was hurt during Tuesday's game. He has seven assists in 18 games in 2018-19.
Nov 15 - 4:54 PM

Patrick Russell has been called up by the Edmonton Oilers.

Russell has four goals and nine points in 11 AHL games this season. The 25-year-old might make his NHL debut on Saturday.
Nov 15 - 12:56 PM

Tobias Rieder left Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury.

Rieder sustained the injury in the second period. Oilers coach Todd McLellan didn't have an update after the game, but did concede that, "When it happens that early and a player doesn’t return, it’s never a good sign." Rieder has seven assists in 18 games this season.
Nov 14 - 6:48 AM

Matthew Benning registered an assist and scored his first goal of the 2018-19 campaign on Tuesday.

"Last few games, I’ve had good looks and probably the worst of my shots goes in. It is what it is," said Benning of the goal. He also logged 18:42 minutes, which was his second highest total of the 2018-19 campaign. He had been moved up to the second pairing with Darnell Nurse.
Nov 14 - 6:44 AM

Mikko Koskinen allowed two goals on 29 shots in Tuesday's 6-2 home win against the Montreal Canadiens.

Koskinen improved to 4-1-0 with a 2.52 goals-against average with a .918 save percentage in his five starts and six appearances. If Cam Talbot should stumble or he is forced out due to injury, Koskinen has shown that he can handle the crease duties when given the opportunity. The only game he has looked out of place was on the road against the high-octane Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 6.
Nov 14 - 5:25 AM

Drake Caggiula picked up his sixth goal of the season in Tuesday's 6-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens.

Caggiula worked with Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid on the team's top scoring line, although it was Alex Chiasson and Matthew Benning setting up Caggiula's goal early in the second period. Head coach Todd McLellan has been impressed lately by the play of Caggiula, so it's likely he remains a top-six forward with some decent short-term fantasy viability as long as he can stick and produce.
Nov 14 - 5:21 AM

Connor McDavid picked up three assists with a plus-2 rating, three shots on goal and a hit over 20:27 of ice time in Tuesday's 6-2 win against the Canadiens.

McDavid was reunited with Leon Draisaitl on the team's top scoring line, and head coach Todd McLellan added Drake Caggiula to the mix. They finished with two goals, five assists and a plus-7 rating, so you can expect the line to be together for the immediate future. It appears McLellan has dialed up the right combination, although most mixes involving McDavid are going to work in some capacity.
Nov 14 - 5:19 AM

Leon Draisaitl posted a goal with two assists and a plus-2 rating on four shots on goal in Tuesday's 6-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens.

Draisaitl, who now has seven goals over the past 10 games, found instant success as head coach Todd McLellan reunited the German pivot and Connor McDavid on the top line. It's probably a combination that never should have been fiddled with. They brought Drake Caggiula up to their level, too, as he scored a goal in the 6-2 win. After a night of wild success, expect these lines to be together again Saturday in the Battle of Alberta in Calgary.
Nov 14 - 5:03 AM

Jason Garrison will be a healthy scratch Tuesday night.

The Oilers defender has one goal in 10 games this year. Garrison will be joined in the press box by recent call-up Cooper Marody.
Nov 13 - 8:58 PM

Leon Draisaitl is projected to play alongside Connor McDavid on Tuesday night.

The third member of the trio is slated to be Drake Caggiula. That will bump Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to the second-line center spot between Tobias Rieder and Alex Chiasson.
Nov 13 - 3:17 PM

Mikko Koskinen will be in the cage on Tuesday night when the Oilers host Montreal.

Koskinen, who lost his first game of the season last week against Tampa Bay, has a 3-1-0 record this season with a 2.64 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in five appearances.
Nov 13 - 3:12 PM

GM Peter Chiarelli was pleased with the play of Evan Bouchard as an Oiler and is looking forward to seeing him play at the NHL level next season.

Bouchard was sent back to London of the OHL last week after he played seven games with Edmonton this season. "I think there are a lot of the little things he needs to work on," Chiarelli said. "Practice habits — it’s not to say his practice habits were bad — but he saw what level of pace and tempo and execution that took place in practice. We felt the time spent here was time well spent for him. They’re going to have a real good team down there so we want him to lead that team and work on the things we told him to work on. We’re very happy with his time here." Bouchard should play plenty with the Knights as well as Team Canada at the World Junior tournament. He is an offensive stud, something that is lacking with the Oilers on the blueline.
Nov 12 - 6:54 AM

The Edmonton Oilers sent Kailer Yamamoto to the minors to get in some valuable playing time.

Yamamoto needs to be a top-six forward and he wasn't getting that chance with the big club. "With Yamo, I thought he played pretty well as a complementary player," GM Peter Chiarelli said. "He was responsible, he supported things without the puck, he was good on the PK. We took him out of the game, he sat a little bit and it was confidence. For him, it’s about finishing, going down there and finishing his opportunities. He did have a lot of opportunities when he was up here and I didn’t want his confidence to struggle either." Yamamoto had a goal and two points this season in the NHL and should get back there at some point this season.
Nov 12 - 6:49 AM

Edmonton GM Peter Chiarelli wants Jesse Puljujarvi to get his confidence back in the minors.

Chiarelli wants the Finnish winger who was drafted fourth overall in 2016, to play a lot as well. "With Jesse, it’s about getting his confidence back," Chiarelli said. "I thought he had a strong camp and it didn’t translate to the start of the season. You could see some of the frustration in his game, but having said that, there was some maturity in his game too, so we just have to build it back up a little bit. It’s a easier to do that down there with more minutes and a little more latitude and margin for error." If you have Puljujarvi in a keeper league, keep the faith as he has plenty of talent. He had only a goal in 11 NHL games this season and don't forget he is only 20.
Nov 12 - 6:45 AM

Cam Talbot was pulled from Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche after giving up three goals on 14 shots.

Talbot was beat just 26 seconds into the game by Mikko Rantanen and then again with just under five minutes left in the first period. Alex Kerfoot's goal 5:06 into the second period was all she wrote for Edmonton's starter. Talbot has now lost four straight games, dropping his record to 5-7-1 with a 3.09 goals-against-average and a .895 save percentage. Don't look now but Mikko Koskinen is starting to see a clear path to the starter's net.
Nov 12 - 12:00 AM

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