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Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins out with illness

Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 9:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins out with illness

The Edmonton Oilers will be without one of their highly-skilled forwards Wednesday.

The team has announced that center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will not play against the San Jose Sharks at Rexall Place due to an illness. He will be replaced in the lineup by Teemu Hartikainen.

Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 selection at the 2011 NHL Draft, has two goals and nine assists in 27 games. Three of his 11 points have come in the past four games.

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