EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers practiced at Rogers Place Friday as Evan Bouchard, Brendan Perlini and Ilya Konovalov returned to the ice after being in COVID-19 Protocol. Stuart Skinner also joined the team following a recall from the Bakersfield Condors, manning the starter's crease.
Head Coach Dave Tippett said following practice that he is hopeful Ryan Nugent-Hopkins can return to the ice next week as the forward continues to recover from a lower-body injury. As for defenceman Kris Russell, who participated in another full practice on Friday, the bench boss said the blueliner is moving along well in his injury recovery but doesn't expect him to be an option for the Oilers against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
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With Slater Koekkoek, Warren Foegele, Tyler Benson, Kyle Turris and Dylan Holloway all still in COVID-19 Protocol, Tippett is hopeful one of Foegele and Benson are able to return to the fold before Saturday's game so the Oilers are able to ice a full lineup against the Senators.
"Still a question mark," Tippett said. "We've got a couple of guys that we thought were going to test out of protocol, but as of right now, Koekkoek we thought we'd have yesterday and he's still not out today. We got Benson and Foegele testing today, and hopefully one of those guys tests out, but we need one of those players to test out to give us an opportunity to have a full lineup tomorrow."
Goaltender Mike Smith remains out with a torn tendon in his thumb. The club also placed netminder Alex Stalock on waivers following Friday's practice.
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Lines at practice appeared to be:
Draisaitl - McDavid - Kassian
Hyman - McLeod - Puljujarvi
Yamamoto - Ryan - Sceviour
Perlini - Shore
Nurse - Ceci/Russell
Keith - Barrie
Lagesson - Bouchard
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