It’s game day for the Edmonton Oilers and tonight’s opponent will be a tough one in the Tampa Bay Lightning. Before the lineups come out for the game tonight, it’s worth exploring the possibility that we may see Nail Yakupov scratched in favor of Linus Omark.
Head coach Dallas Eakins had a lengthy conversation with Yakupov during the skate and aside from telling him not to listen to any of the trade rumors and that it’s ok to struggle, he isn’t being shopped by the Oilers. What wasn’t finalized however was whether or not number 64 would suit up tonight against the Lightning.
The club recalled forward Linus Omark on Tuesday which set in motion the speculation that a trade was in the works that focused around Yakupov with Ales Hemsky also being mentioned. To date nothing has happened and now the speculation becomes about whether Omark will take the spot of Yakupov on the game sheet tonight in Tampa Bay.
Sam Gagner looked like he was in pain at times throughout the Panthers game, proving that his broken jaw is still tender and will give him problems for the foreseeable future. He’s not exactly on fire since his return and an extra day off could help to get him feeling better.
A nagging injury could also be the cause of Omark’s recall or it could be because the coach plans on sitting the struggling Yakupov for the third time this season.
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