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At the Rink: Oilers at Wild

by Dan Myers / NHL.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Edmonton Oilers will get defenseman Jeff Petry back from injury but will be without forward Nail Yakupov against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Petry has missed the past two games after being hit in the ribs by a puck against the Boston Bruins last Wednesday.

"There's nothing broken, just bruised," Petry said. "It [hurt] to flex my core and to rotate, but it feels a lot better now. I'm back to normal."

Petry is second among Oilers defensemen with 15 points and will jump back into his normal spot in the lineup on the right side of Andrew Ference.

But not all the injury news from the Edmonton room was good Tuesday, as coach Todd Nelson said the Oilers will be without Yakupov, who tweaked his groin against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday and was unable to finish practice Monday before the team departed for the Twin Cities.

Nelson said they are being careful with Yakupov, who has played well of late. Yakupov has four goals and eight points over his past eight games.

"It didn't respond [Monday in practice], so right now, we're being precautionary," Nelson said.

Minnesota remains without defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who has missed the past two games with an upper-body injury after being hit in the face with a puck against the Calgary Flames last Wednesday. Wild coach Mike Yeo said Spurgeon remains day-to-day and indicated he will not travel with the team to play the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Spurgeon is also unlikely to play Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center, meaning a best-case scenario could be a return next Tuesday when the Wild return home to play the Ottawa Senators.

With Spurgeon out, rookie Matt Dumba will continue to see increased minutes on Minnesota's second defensive pairing next to Marco Scandella. Dumba has responded to the challenge, scoring two goals and accumulating a plus-3 rating since Spurgeon went down.

Dumba said playing increased minutes has helped him find a groove.

"You can let your game kind of flow," Dumba said. "I know for me it helps, I like some flow in the game and I like to get my feet moving, get in a rhythm and make plays."

Goaltender Ben Scrivens will start for the Oilers against Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk, who is 5-0-0 against his former club this season. Dubnyk has allowed four goals in those five games and looks to become the first goalie to go 6-0-0 against one team in a single season since Henrik Lundqvist did it for the New York Rangers against the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011-12.

Here are the projected lineups:

OILERS

Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Matt Fraser - Derek Roy - Teddy Purcell

Ryan Hamilton - Matt Hendricks - Iiro Pakarinen

Rob Klinkhammer - Boyd Gordon - Luke Gazdic

Andrew Ference - Jeff Petry

Oscar Klefbom - Justin Schultz

Martin Marincin - Mark Fayne

Ben Scrivens

Richard Bachman

Scratched: Keith Aulie, Jordan Oesterle

Injured: Nail Yakupov (groin), Tyler Pitlick (lacerated spleen), Taylor Hall (leg), Nikita Nikitin (shoulder), Viktor Fasth (knee), Anton Lander (shoulder)

WILD

Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Justin Fontaine

Nino Niederreiter - Mikko Koivu - Jason Pominville

Thomas Vanek - Charlie Coyle - Jordan Schroeder

Stephane Veilleux - Erik Haula - Kyle Brodziak

Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin

Marco Scandella - Matt Dumba

Nate Prosser - Christian Folin

Devan Dubnyk

Niklas Backstrom

Scratched: Darcy Kuemper, Michael Keranen

Injured: Jared Spurgeon (upper body), Jason Zucker (clavicle), Matt Cooke (sports hernia), Ryan Carter (upper body), Keith Ballard (head/face)

Status report: The Wild placed Spurgeon on injured reserve Tuesday, leaving them with an open roster spot if they need it.

Who's hot: Purcell has a goal in two of his past three games. … Granlund had a goal and two assists Sunday against the Dallas Stars and has six points in his past five games.

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