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Draisaitl sidelined for Edmonton; Ottawa aims to sweep three-game western Canada trip

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

SENATORS (2-0-2) at OILERS (1-2-0)

10 p.m. ET; CBC, TVAS, NHL.TV

The Game

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl will miss the game against the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Place on Saturday with an eye injury and concussion-like symptoms, sustained in the first period of a 5-2 loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. He is day to day. Rookie forward Kailer Yamamoto will take Draisaitl's spot on Edmonton's first line alongside center Connor McDavid and forward Patrick Maroon.

Goaltender Cam Talbot will start for Edmonton, which has lost two straight since a 3-0 win against the Calgary Flames in their season opener on Oct. 4.

The Senators are playing the second half of a back-to-back, following a 6-0 win at the Calgary Flames on Friday. Goaltender Mike Condon will make his first start of the season for Ottawa, which is trying to sweep its three-game road trip through western Canada; the Senators began the trip with a 3-2 overtime win at the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.


Players to watch

McDavid has one assist in his past two games after opening the season with a hat trick against the Flames.

Senators center Derick Brassard had a goal and assist in the win against Calgary. He leads Ottawa in scoring with five points (two goals, three assists).


They said it

"He has an eye injury, the eye is swollen shut, and obviously, the eye is attached to the head, which leads to concussion-type symptoms now. So that's what we're dealing with, so he won't play tonight." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan on the status of Draisaitl

"Those ones are always tough, back-to-back and the end of a road trip. At the same time, with the lead [in Calgary] some guys maybe didn't have to play as much as they needed to towards the end of the game. They were trying to rest guys up a little bit and get ready for [Saturday]." -- Senators defenceman Cody Ceci following a 6-0 win at Calgary


Senators projected lineup

Zack Smith -- Kyle Turris -- Ryan Dzingel

Bobby Ryan -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Tom Pyatt -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Mike Hoffman

Nate Thompson -- Logan Brown -- Alexandre Burrows

Dion Phaneuf -- Chris Wideman

Mark Borowiecki -- Thomas Chabot

Fredrik Claesson -- Cody Ceci

Mike Condon

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Alex Formenton, Christian Jaros

Injured: Erik Karlsson (foot surgery), Jonny Oduya (lower body), Colin White (wrist), Ben Harpur (shoulder)


Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Kailer Yamamoto

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Zack Kassian

Jussi Jokinen -- Ryan Strome -- Anton Slepyshev

Jujhar Khaira -- Mark Letestu -- Iiro Pakarinen

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse -- Kris Russell

Yohann Auvitu -- Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Matt Benning

Injured: Drake Caggiula (undisclosed), Leon Draisaitl (eye), Andrej Sekera (knee)


Status report

Auvitu will make his Oilers debut. He had four points (two goals, two assists) in 25 games with the New Jersey Devils last season … Karlsson, who has not played this season because of surgery to repair torn tendons in his left foot on June 14, did not make the trip. The Senators hope he can return to the lineup sometime next week. … Ottawa did not conduct a morning skate.


Stat pack 

Lucic has 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 42 career games against Ottawa. … Maroon has three assists in his first three games … Ryan has four assists in his first four games … Dzingel has scored in back-to-back games.

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