The Oilers are back at home after a super short, 1 game road trip. They will face the Anaheim Ducks at home today, and again tomorrow (also at home). I don’t expect this to be too pretty of a set of games, as they face the #3 team in the league.
Word just came down that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is going to be evaluated in Cleveland. It’s pretty much a given that he is done for the year and will require surgery on his shoulder. The expected heal time for this is 6 months, which puts us into late October, which will mean he’ll miss training camp and the start of the season next year. Definitely not good news… but if his shoulder has been a problem for a while and hindering his season, this will hopefully help him get back to form again. The Oilers will take some heat over this being overdue.. wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard this. Not sure if they should take the blame here or not… hard to say how much rests on the player and how much on the team, and if they were putting the Nugget at more risk by playing him through the shoulder injury and delaying surgery. Word is that it’s been a nagging injury since junior, so it’s similar to Taylor Hall’s story.
Anyways, Hartikainen will draw back in. Lander will fill in for the Nuge on line 2 with Paajarvi and Eberle. That has more potential to be dangerous for the wrong reasons, but it will be a good view at what Lander is capable of. Our top line better have a good game.. because the potential significantly drops off after that line.
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