The Oilers may get Nikita Nikitin back into the fold sooner rather than later. The defenceman has missed the last two games with back spasms. He was on the ice at practice on Friday.
“It will be tomorrow,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said of when they’ll know if Nikitin is ready to play. “With those backs you never know what’s going to happen. He came in yesterday on a day off, which he is not required to do, on his own and had some of our guys here. He skated yesterday, which was the first positive. He got through practice, which is the second. We’ll see how his bed treats that back tonight and we’ll make the decision tomorrow.”