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for ways to avoid their fifth straight loss Womens Wayne Simmonds Jersey , the revolving door continues to spin.Several players are expected back in the lineup, but the Oilers will be without one of their surprising offensive weapons when they host the San Jose Sharks.Alex Chiasson is out with a foot injury suffered during Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Chiasson, who joined the Oilers on a professional tryout contract in October after winning a Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in June, was placed on injured reserve after undergoing an MRI on Friday, meaning he’s out for at least a week.Article continues below ...Chiasson has a career-best 16 goals in 31 games, good for third on the team behind two-time scoring champion Connor McDavid (19 goals) and Leon Draisaitl (18).“We can’t rely on two (or) three guys to score all our goals especially with Chaser going down now. We need more guys to step up,” said Drake Caggiula, who has seven goals and missed Thursday’s loss with a bug caught during the Christmas break.Edmonton (18-16-3) may have defenseman Kris Russell back for the first time since an undisclosed injury on Dec. 11. If he doesn’t play Saturday, then he almost certainly will Monday against the Winnipeg Jets.While Jason Garrison (illness) could be back on the blueline as well, the Oilers are still without high-scoring defenseman Oscar Klefbom (hand) until at least the end of January.“We got smacked right in the face with injuries, and injuries to the wrong spot in our group where we couldn’t absorb it and now we’re trying to fight out of it ,” said coach Ken Hitchcock, who made his debut as Edmonton’s coach on Nov. 20 with a 4-3 overtime win against the Sharks.Forward Jujhar Khaira should be good to go for the Oilers after a two-game ban for cross-checking St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn on Dec. 18. Khaira registered eight of his 13 points this season over his last 10 games.The loss to Vancouver started a seven-game stretch against Western Conference opponents, including two meetings with the Sharks.“We have to take it game by game. (Saturday), we have a tough team, a good team coming in here,” Khaira said.San Jose (20-12-7) avoided going winless on a four-game homestand with a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.“We’ll take the win,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “It was what an after-break game would look like. It was a little sloppy and a little messy, but we found a way.”The Sharks start a three-game swing with an 8-8-3 mark away from home. DeBoer noted that the next few weeks could be telling about the state of his club.“There’s no doubt we’ve got three weeks of a lot of games and a lot of tough opponents. … (The players) know what’s on the horizon and they know the work that we’ve got to do between now and then,” he said.Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture remain two players to watch. Pavelski, who has a team-best 23 goals, also has three goals and three assists in a six-game points streak in Edmonton. Couture did not register a point on the homestand but has five goals in a four-game run on the road.San Jose will also have a key player returning from suspension. Defenseman Erik Karlsson drew the first ban of his 10-year career for a check to the head of Los Angeles Kings winger Austin Wagner on Dec. 22. Karlsson has a nine-game assists streak and has 19 points (two goals Chris Wideman Jersey , 17 assists) since Nov. 13. VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — After failing to score on his first three tries in a shootout, Damon Severson came finally broke through for the New Jersey Devils.Severson scored in the seventh round of the tiebreaker to give the Devils a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.“I was lucky to have the guys call me tonight and be confident I was going to get the winner,” he said after scoring on a forehand deke. “It was nice to see the puck go in. … I did the move in practice the other day and scored, so I had to stick with it.”Kevin Rooney and Stefan Noesen scored 7:53 apart in the third period to tie the score after the Devils trailed 2-0. MacKenzie Blackwood stopped 25 shots to give New Jersey its second straight win after a seven-game skid (0-6-1).“I’m really happy for our guys,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “They battled back. … It’s a credit to the guys in our room, the older guys, the leadership guys, because they set the culture.”Elias Pettersson and Tanner Pearson scored for Vancouver, and Bo Horvat had two assists. Jacob Markstrom finished with 31 saves.The Canucks mathematically remain in the playoff hunt. They trail Arizona by nine points in the race for the final Western Conference wild card.“You want to close those games out,” Markstrom said. “We have to keep building Womens Craig Anderson Jersey , getting better as a team and close those games out. … It’s tough when you’re up by two and lose in a shootout.”Petterson also scored on the opening attempt of the shootout, and Drew Stafford tied it for New Jersey in the second round.Rooney started the Devils’ comeback with a deflection at 5:41 of the third. Noesen tied it with 6:26 left in regulation when he chipped Eric Tangradi’s pass behind Markstrom.“They got a couple of lucky bounces,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said. “It was that type of game. … There wasn’t a lot of space on the ice for either team. They got a couple of pucks through to the net and got some rebounds. I don’t think either ream really outplayed each other.”Pettersson broke out of a scoring slump with a power-play goal to open the scoring at 3:18 of the second period. With Stafford off for tripping, Petterson took a pass from Brock Boeser and ripped a shot from the faceoff circle over Blackwood’s shoulder. It was his first in 12 games and gave the 20-year-old Swede 59 points on the season — a team-leading 27 goals and 32 assists. He is one point behind Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka for most points in a season by a Vancouver rookie.Pettersson admitted the goal drought was frustrating.“It’s been bugging me a little bit,” he said. “I have been trying to find a pass instead of shooting the puck. I have to be a little more selfish. I’m a guy that is always trying to find the pass first instead of the shot.“It was a big relief when it went in.”Pearson made it 2-0 at 1:42 of the third on an innocent looking shot from the top of the faceoff circle. Blackwood swung his stick, but the puck seemed to go underneath and between his pads.The Canucks lost two defensemen in a scoreless first period. Chris Tanev limped off the ice and headed to the dressing room after blocking a shot by Kyle Palmieri during a Devils power play. He returned for a brief skate, but left the bench again. Ashton Sautner was hurt later in the period after blocking a shot with his right arm. He returned later.NOTES: Vancouver also scored on a power play in Wednesday’s win over the New York Rangers. It’s the first time since November the Canucks have scored on the power play in back-to-back games. … Canucks F Jay Beagle didn’t take the pregame skate and was replaced by Tim Schaller. … The Canucks didn’t get their first shot on goal until almost 6:30 was gone in the opening period. . Before the game started, the Devils were eliminated from playoff contention when the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. New Jersey is 14th in the Eastern Conference.UP NEXTDevils: At Colorado on Sunday to finish a six-game trip.Canucks: At Dallas on Sunday night to open a two-game trip.

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