More trouble for the Oilers …
The Edmonton Oilers’ woes continue as goaltender Mike Smith will be sidelined for two more weeks.
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A magnetic resonance imaging test revealed a partial tear in a tendon in his thumb, Alberta head coach Dave Tippett confirmed Thursday.
After leading the Oilers in the playoffs with a 21-6-2 record and .923 save in the last season, the 39-year-old goaltender has made just six games this season, plagued by injury. at the lower body. He maintained a 2-2-1 record and a .898 rate in 2021-22.
His colleague Mikko Koskinen is expected to start against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Tippett added that the Oilers plan to recall Stuart Skinner from their school club in Bakersfield if his COVID-19 tests allow him to cross the Canada-U.S. Border.
Skinner, 23, has the most successful Oilers goaltender record this season, with a 4-5-0 record and a .916 rate.
The Oilers are sixth in the Pacific Division and have lost in the last five games.