Sports Oilers cancel practice after defenceman Cody Ceci placed in COVID protocol
Connor McDavid extends point streak to 17 games, Oilers defeat Blackhawks 5-2
EDMONTON — It was the first time in eight games that the Edmonton Oilers scored the first goal and it led to a super-charged first period. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal and an assist as the Oilers won their second in a row, getting past the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Saturday. Tyson Barrie, Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan McLeod also scored for the Oilers (13-4-0), which tallied four first-period goals to improve to 8-1-0 at home. “I liked the win. I thought we were a little loose, especially early,” McDavid said. “I liked our second period. I thought we gave them some chances that we probably shouldn’t have given them, but overall I liked our game and that we won.
Edmonton Oilers defenceman Cody Ceci has been placed in COVID-19 protocol.
The team said it cancelled practice Tuesday for "precautionary reasons."
The Oilers were not the only team with a member entering COVID-19 protocol. Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy and St. Louis Blues forward Tyler Bozak also entered the protocol Tuesday,
Edmonton also placed veteran defenceman Duncan Keith on injured reserve after he suffered an upper-body injury against the Dallas Stars on Nov. 23.
Keith, 38, has five points (one goal, four assists) in 18 games with the Oilers this season.
Edmonton has recalled Markus Niemelainen from the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.
The Oilers (15-5-0) are set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2021.
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Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho sinks Edmonton Oilers with 3-point night .
EDMONTON — Sebastian Aho was too much for the slumping Oilers. Aho had two goals and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes won their fourth consecutive game, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Saturday. The 24-year-old Finnish forward has 12 points in his last five games. “He is a special player,” Carolina defenceman Jaccob Slavin said of Aho. “We’ve had him for a long time now and we know what he’s capable of and it’s good that everyone else is starting to realize that. "It’s super special for him. He’s a great guy, a great teammate and he just competes on the ice. It’s great to see him have the success he’s having.