The NHL has suspended Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference three games for a hit to the head of Vancouver's Zack Kassian on Saturday.
EDM D Andrew Ference has been suspended 3 games for an illegal check to the head of VAN F Zack Kassian.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 3, 2014
Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday.
At 14:03 of the second period of the Oilers' game Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks, Ference hit Cancuks forward Zack Kassian. Ference was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Kassian was not injured on the play.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head, charging. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
The Oilers announced that Taylor Hall will be out two to four weeks with an MCL sprain.
Taylor Hall will be sidelined 2-4 weeks with an MCL sprain.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 2, 2014
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled defenceman Oscar Klefbom from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.
Klefbom, 21, has registered seven points (1G, 6A), two penalty minutes and a plus seven rating in six games with the Barons this season.
The Oilers announced on Sunday morning that Taylor Hall will not join the team to start their upcoming five-game road trip. He will remain in Edmonton and be evaluated by the Oilers medical team.
Taylor Hall will remain in Edmonton and be evaluated by the #Oilers medical team.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 2, 2014
The Oilers announced today they have loaned defenceman Brandon Davidson to the Oklahoma City Barons.
Davidson has been recovering from an off-season groin injury. The defenceman played in 68 games for the Barons last season, recording 13 points (5-8-13) and 58 penalty minutes.
He was drafted in the sixth round, 162nd overall, in 2010.
The Oilers may get Nikita Nikitin back into the fold sooner rather than later. The defenceman has missed the last two games with back spasms. He was on the ice at practice on Friday.
“It will be tomorrow,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said of when they’ll know if Nikitin is ready to play. “With those backs you never know what’s going to happen. He came in yesterday on a day off, which he is not required to do, on his own and had some of our guys here. He skated yesterday, which was the first positive. He got through practice, which is the second. We’ll see how his bed treats that back tonight and we’ll make the decision tomorrow.”
Viktor Fasth is recovered from his groin injury, which he suffered on October 14, in Los Angeles.
That being said, the Oilers are still taking their time in returning the goaltender to the lineup. Ben Scrivens will start tomorrow night against Vancouver.
“We’re going to give him a little bit more time,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “He’s just getting up to speed but he’s ready to play, we have no doubt about that. It won’t be tomorrow.”
Nail Yakupov has shot the puck just 16 times in 10 games this season. The Oilers would love to see that number go up, given the offensive potential of the young winger.
“I’d like to have Yak at five or six shots per game,” Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “It’s on him to get open, it’s on him when he has the shot to take it and not be nice and friendly to his teammates, which I find he is at times. He’s such a great kid that he’s trying to help his teammates out too and we’d like him to take a more selfish role there, his teammates will understand. It’s also on his linemates to find him.”
Yakupov has two goals and two assists this season.