Three Oilers players did not participate in practice on Monday. Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Teddy Purcell were not on the ice, all dealing with some bumps and bruises.
“The three guys not practicing today are all with multiple bang-ups,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “We’ll just assess them day-by-day, but for the three of them it was one of those things where you come in that fit from the summer and we’re not so worried about them being on the ice, we need them to play. So we thought they would benefit from another day of some rest and rehab inside.”
The Oilers top-line centre Nugent-Hopkins got into a fight on Saturday in Vancouver, but it wasn’t the only thing that left him banged up.
“He took a big hit there right before the fight and took a few whacks as well during the game. He’s kind of bruised up all over,” Eakins said.
The status of those players is day-to-day. Eakins said they have discussed calling up a player if one of the forwards couldn’t go tomorrow against Los Angeles, but a decision was not made as of practice.