The lineup this morning at practice are as follows:
Dubnyk in net.
The Edmonton Oilers have recalled goaltender Jason LaBarbera from the Oklahoma City Barons. In order to make room for the transaction, the team has assigned defenceman Corey Potter to their farm club.
LaBarbera's recall comes just one day after Ilya Bryzgalov left the game in Dallas with an upper body injury following a collision with Ryan Garbutt of the Stars.
"Bryzgalov took a hard hit yesterday," Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said after this morning's practice. "He's being assessed as we speak to see where he's at. We'll know later in the day."
LaBarbera has played in two games for the Barons, and has a 1.93 goals against average and a .953 save percentage.
In addition to those moves, the Barons announced the assignment of Kale Kessy to OKC from the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.
Quad City Mallards goalie Ty Rimmer tweeted out that he is 'excited to be joining' the Barons. He is expected to take LaBarbera's place in OKC, recalled from loan from Quad City.
Very excited to be joining @okcbarons— Ty Rimmer (@Rimms35) December 2, 2013
Rimmer has a 4-3-2 record with Quad City this season, with a 3.17 goals against average and .894 save percentage.
It's a light day at practice for the Oilers at Russ Barnes Arena, as the team focuses on the power play.
For the early session, only six skaters are on the ice not including goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
The power play unit consists of Anton Belov and Nail Yakupov on the backend with Ryan Smyth, Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky up front.
Philip Larsen is skating after missing the last road trip with an injury.
UPDATE: The Oilers other power play unit is now on the ice as well.
Justin Schultz, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and David Perron have joined their teammates.
Light practice today for the #Oilers, looks like power play work, Philip Larsen is skating, Dubnyk is the only goalie & only 6 skaters— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) December 2, 2013
After 28 saves on 29 shots, Ilya Bryzgalov took a different kind of shot that would end his night prematurely. A run-in with Ryan Garbutt knocked the Oilers goaltender to the ice, forcing him to leave the game and not return.
Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins provided an injury update on Bryzgalov after the game.
"He's got an upper body injury," said Eakins. "We're going to have to reassess in the morning. I've been upfront with you guys, I'm not being upfront now. I've got to keep this one under wraps until we check him a little further."
Devan Dubnyk came in to finish the game and played strong, making 15 saves on 16 shots and earning the shootout win.
The Oilers coach was very pleased with both of his goalies tonight.
"The could have easily been first and second stars or second and third," said Eakins. "Which would have been maybe a first in the NHL."
The Oilers have won four of their last five games and the recent success is due to a boost in confidence.
"We have a lot more confidence than in the past," said forward Taylor Hall. "I feel like we've had a lot of complete games that, from start to finish, we're playing how we want to play. It's exciting for our group and it's a start to a new chapter in our year."
Ryan Jones mirrored Hall's thoughts.
"I think we're playing with some confidence," said Jones. "You can see that at the start of the year, there were some guys that were just struggling with where they were with their game. Anytime you can get some wins and a couple of points, it obviously helps you play a little more confident and a little loose and that's always when you play your best hockey, for sure."
The Oilers announced today that Ilya Bryzgalov would start tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets, his second straight. Last night, Bryzgalov stopped all 33 shots in a 3-0 shutout over the Nashville Predators. Even still, the decision was not made lightly.
"Well, it's one of those you flip back-and-forth," said Eakins of his decision on a starting goalie. "Okay, it's back-to-back games, he's just been here a couple of weeks back playing and do you want him playing back-to-back games? Is he going to be tired? I don't think so. He had the shutout last night, so I think it's an easy decision. One that I wanted to sleep on as well because it's the, if you don't play him, then it's 'why didn't you play him? He had a shutout.' Then if you do play him, he could be tired. I think he's fine. He's a veteran guy. He had a great game last night and we'll continue to roll."
Bryzgalov will face his former teammate in net tonight as Sergei Bobrovsky gets the nod for Columbus. The two played together on the 2011-2012 Philadelphia Flyers team.
The Oilers have recalled defenceman Denis Grebeshkov from Oklahoma City of the AHL.
Grebeshkov, 30, has played 11 games for the Barons so far this season. He has two goals and three assists for five points and an even plus/minus rating with four penalty minutes.
He has also suited up for three games with the Oilers, with a pair of penalty minutes and a +1 rating.
After missing practice on Tuesday with a leg injury, Nail Yakupov was back on the ice Wednesday in Leduc prior to the team's departure for Nashville.
“I’m good now. Skating with the team and ready to go against Nashville,” he said to the media after practice.
Yakupov couldn't pinpoint the exact moment he injured his leg.
“It just happened some day. I don’t know what happened, but nothing serious,” he stated. “I’m ready to go and everything’s fine.”
The players were having some fun with Yakupov, saying that he took a Russian holiday yesterday but it was all in good fun. The Russian winger said he will be fresh for the Predators game with the extra day rest.
“Guys chirping me, saying atta boy Russian take it off yesterday but it will be good, I’ll be fresh and ready to get two points (in Nashville).”
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said that having only missed one game, he has no reservations with putting Yakupov back in the lineup Thursday.
“He couldn’t practice yesterday. We had to make sure his leg was all right, number one. Yak’s not a lazy kid. he’s a hard working guy. Him missing a day with an injury is no concern to us. If he misses a couple then you start questioning if you put him in or not."