The Edmonton Oilers recalled Stuart Skinner on an emergency basis on Sunday to replace primary goalie Mikko Koskinen. Koskinen was ruled out against the Anaheim Ducks with a non-COVID-related illness. The Oilers didn’t provide a timeline for when they expect to have Koskinen back in the lineup.
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This season, Koskinen has helped the Oilers to 25 of their 39 wins but has put up pedestrian numbers, stopping 90.2% of shots and posting a 3.10 goals-against average.
Mike Smith will take over starter’s duties with Koskinen unavailable. Smith has struggled this season, posting an 89.4% save percentage and 3.49 goals-against average. Nevertheless, the veteran netminder has been trending positively over his recent sample, going 3-1-1 with a 90.1% over his past five starts.
Skinner will serve as the team’s back-up and, unless Smith suffers an injury, is unlikely to see any action.
The Oilers kick off a three-game California road trip tonight against the Ducks. FanDuel Sportsbook has Edmonton lined as -210 favorites, with the total set at 6.5.
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