The Edmonton Oilers will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night and there are a number of key roster moves and changes to report. While some teams are dealing with heavy COVID losses, the Leafs’ and Oilers’ issues are almost exclusively injury-related and Zach Hyman, Duncan Keith, and Mike Smith from the Oilers are affected, while Ilya Mikheyev and Mitch Marner headline their roster news.
According to reports, Travis Dermott is expected to be in on 3rd pair with Justin Holl for the Maple Leafs, while Mikheyev is expected to play as well. Head coach Sheldon Keefe said the Leafs are excited to have Mikheyev back as he adds a lot to the depth of the team.
As for the Oilers, Hyman is out tonight after taking a hit in the Carolina Hurricanes game. It seemed his shoulder was the problem and he didn’t return in the third period but wasn’t ruled out until today for the game tonight. He was listed as day-to-day and could be back on Thursday versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. Duncan Keith is a possibility and did take the morning skate. It is expected he’ll be back in.
Keith said he didn’t want to get into how the injury happened but said he’s “ready to go” and noted he’s been doing a lot of training and trying to keep his energy up so that he’s ready to go when he’s back in the lineup. Asked about coming back into the lineup when the team is in the midst of a slump, Keith said “it’s building on the little things” and take things shift-by-shift and not get too down. He said he feels he can best help the team work their way out of it by being on the ice.
McDavid Won’t Rule Out Olympics Yet
Connor McDavid was also asked about the slump and said the Oilers just need to play themselves out of it. When asked about the Olympic situation and the COVID situation, he called it “unsettling” and noted that he still wants to play but it’s important everyone stays healthy and safe.
There was talk goaltender Mike Smith might have been ready to play tonight but it was announced he is not able to go.
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