Great first game, you guys. Oilers defeated the Canucks by a 3-2 margin, McDavid scored the game winning goal, and Mike Smith played really well. Huge night on the penalty kill going 4/4. Everything looks great.
The team announced on Thursday that defender Adam Larsson is headed to the long-term injury list after he suffered a broken bone in his foot.https://t.co/70eS1Qitpk— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) October 3, 2019
Nothing good can stay good for very long. The Oilers are 1-0-0 in the standings, but it came at a cost. Adam Larsson blocked a shot in the first period, causing Larsson to suffer a broken bone. I haven’t yet seen a timetable, but you can put yourself on the shelf for a while if you’re out there breaking bones in your feet. Somewhat unbelievably, Larsson finished with over 22 minutes in total ice time.
The Oilers are going to have to shuffle things around. Enter Joel Persson.
Persson could make his season debut on Saturday when the Kings come to town. Persson injured his shoulder last week and subsequently missed the season opener, giving Ethan Bear a chance to break into the lineup. If Persson is ready to go this Saturday, there’s a chance that Persson could slide into Larsson’s position alongside Darnell Nurse.
If Persson isn’t ready to go by Saturday, there’s a chance that Tippett will need to get a little more creative with the lines. Matthew Benning will be on the right side and so will Ethan Bear, but there’s a chance that Kris Russell may swing back over to 3RW and we could see Brandon Manning fill in on the left side along with Russell. Let’s try and not go there.
The team has called up Evan Bouchard and sent Ethan Bear to Bakersfield, though this appears to be a paper transaction at this time. The idea is that the Oilers are trying to open up as much LTIR space as possible by bringing Bouchard “up” and sending Bear “down”. The cap move is quite a savvy little move compared to, say, Steve Tambellini trying to call up Magnus Paajarvi from OKC only to send him back because the Oilers have run out of call ups post trade deadline.
It’s likely that Bear is right back in the lineup on Saturday.
Update on Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson. It's actually a fractured right fibula. He'll be out of action for six to eight weeks.— Daniel Nugent-Bowman (@DNBsports) October 3, 2019
Six to eight weeks, or "Five weeks" in Oiler time.