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Oilers News & Rumors: Draisaitl to Play, Koskinen Available

The Edmonton Oilers should have Leon Draisaitl in the lineup Tuesday vs. the Sharks, while goaltender Mikko Koskinen is also available.

Heading into a game where the Edmonton Oilers are hoping to win five in a row, Leon Draisaitl was a “maybe” based on the fact that he seemed to injure his leg in a game against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night. Meanwhile, the Oilers will have access to Mikko Koskinen and

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According to a few reports, including one by the Oilers’ official Twitter page, the expectation is that Draisailt will play Tuesday night versus the Sharks as he was on the ice for the optional skate this morning. Head coach Jay Woodcroft said of both Draisaitl and Evander Kane, “it looks like they’re ready to go.”

Draisaitl hit 50 goals and 100 points in the game versus the Ducks but was clearly skating gingerly in the third period. He didn’t come out of the game and said afterward that leaving was not an option. The good news here is that even if he doesn’t play tonight, what he’s dealing with doesn’t appear to be anything too serious.

Hart Trophy Conversation

The debate about who should be in contention for the Hart Trophy this season is starting to ramp up and it’s getting quite emotional when it comes to players like Auston Matthews versus Connor McDavid or Drasaitl. Interestingly, Draisaitl seems to have been left out of the conversation by most people, but his season has been nothing to sneeze at. He’s got 50 goals and 101 points in 70 games. He should certainly be in the conversation if the pace he’s on right now is something he can maintain.

Chris Johnston recently pointed out that the language used to describe the criteria for the Hart Trophy is the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. It’s hard to distinguish between Draisaitl and McDavid in that respect.

Koskinen is Available

Woodcroft also added that goaltender Mikko Koskinen is “available” after having to sit out last game with an illness. Stuart Skinner was called up from Bakersfield but has already been loaned back down to the AHL ahead of tonight’s game.

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