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Friday Grab Bag: Ty Rattie To Miss Saturday Game Versus Flames

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Plus: Why the hell does Mikko Koskinen have a NMC?

Edmonton Oilers v Vancouver Canucks
“Banged up”
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Stuff!

Let’s start with Ty Rattie. And Kris Russell too.

Both of Rattie and Russell are “a little banged up”, and won’t be appearing in tomorrow’s tilt with the Calgary Flames. Rattie’s been having himself quite the preseason with eleven points (7-4-11) in four games. Tobias Rieder will play on the top line alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid in tomorrow afternoon’s matchup.

With Kris Russell out of the lineup tomorrow, it could be a final chance for Jason Garrison to earn one of the 23 spots on the main roster.

Both Rattie and Russell are expected to travel to Europe for the season opener.

KOSKINEN NMC?

No wonder Al Montoya didn’t get much time in the net this preseason. Peter Chiarelli gave Mikko Koskinen a NMC for the 2018--19.

The hope is that Mikko Koskinen blows the doors off of his opportunity behind Cam Talbot. Maybe Koskinen is called to play consecutive games once in a while. The problem with all of this? Koskinen hasn’t exactly blown the doors off this preseason. In three preseason games, Koskinen is holding on to a .855 SV%, allowing ten goals on 71 shots. Shane Starrett will be the third goaltender headed to Europe with the club.

Chiarelli is on record of saying that Koskinen was brought in “to challenge Cam Talbot”. With a NMC, he’s got no other choice.