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Bogdan Yakimov is up. Will he make his Oilers regular season debut today?

Jeff Petry is sixth among Oiler defencemen in TOI through two games.  What?
Jeff Petry is sixth among Oiler defencemen in TOI through two games. What?
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0-1-1, 1 point, .5 p/g Ranks 1-1-1, 3 points, 1.0 p/g
Western Conference - 14th Western Conference - 7th
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7th ST 13th
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29th Goal 14th
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The opposing view: Jewels From The Crown


Three Held From Practice Including A Bruised Nuge

Teddy Purcell, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins didn't practice with the team yesterday, and the Oilers have called up Bogdan Yakimov in what looks like a contingency plan should 93 be unable to go.  The Oilers have sent Oscar Klefbom to OKC in order to make room for Yakimov.  The Oilers are in Los Angeles looking for their first win of the season, and the Oilers' top C is questionable to play.  I've got to admit, I expected there to be some roster turmoil this year, but I was hoping it would be later than game 3 before we potentially saw it.

The Oilers are saying

He took a big hit there right before the fight and took a few whacks as well during the game. He’s kind of bruised up all over

"He took a big hit there right before the fight and took a few whacks as well during the game.  He's kind of bruised up all over"

That's Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who is questionable for Tuesday's game versus LA.

Is this the post that I take management to task for being unable to sign a stopgap centre for the next year or two? Man, I was hoping I would be able to save that one up for, oh, December, or November, or in two weeks.  I'm going to try to save it.  If 93 can't do it in LA, maybe he'll be able to do it on Wednesday in Arizona?  Trying to put it all together. Arcobello-Draisaitl-Yakimov-Gordon?  Hold please.

My name is Jeff.  I'm an Oilers fan, and it's game three of the regular season.  I really hope 93 is ready to go on Tuesday night.

The Opponent is saying

"It's part and parcel with the team, not with me.  It's a good team"
That's coach Darryl Sutter on approaching his 100th win with the Kings.

The Pride of Viking, Alberta has been coaching the LA Kings since the 2011-12 NHL season.  In a half season (2011-12), a lockout shortened season (2012-13) and one full season (2013-14), Sutter has compiled two Stanley Cups along with 99 regular season victories.  While I wish Sutter success (now more than when he was coaching the Flames), I hope it's later in the week that he'll attain his 100th victory as the coach of Los Angeles.

Have some of this