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NHL Notebook: Edmonton Oilers forwards Leon Draisaitl and Klim Kostin skate, Seattle Kraken to host Vegas Golden Knights in outdoor game and more

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Photo credit:Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Laing
24 days ago
Some good news for the Edmonton Oilers as both Leon Draisaitl and Klim Kostin practiced Monday.
Draisaitl had missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury, while Kostin appeared to be seriously hurt in the Oilers’ big win over the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night. With seconds dwindling down in the third period, Kostin got tied up with a Jets played falling awkwardly into the boards.
Kostin stayed down on the ice, but skated off with the help of some teammates.
On Sunday, Kostin posted a story on his Instagram with Connor McDavid that had the caption “Ready for Tuesday.”
Here’s a look at the lines from practice Monday.

Kraken to host Golden Knights outside

The two latest expansion teams will be heading outdoors.
The Seattle Kraken and Vegas Golden Knights will meet at T-Mobile Park, home of MLB’s Seattle Mariners, on New Years Day 2024.
Here’s some of what Daily Faceoff’s Mike Gould wrote about it:
The Kraken have never played in an outdoor game, having only joined the NHL in 2021. The Golden Knights previously participated in the “NHL Outdoors” series at Lake Tahoe, NV during the COVID-19 pandemic-shortened 2020–21 season.
While Las Vegas has never hosted an NHL regular-season game, Caesars Palace — and to be more specific, its parking lot — was the site of an exhibition contest between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings back in 1991. Wayne Gretzky’s Kings won 5–2.
With Seattle now getting an outdoor game of its own (and the Carolina Hurricanes set to host the Washington Capitals at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC in February), only three NHL teams have yet to participate in one of these special events: the Arizona Coyotes, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Florida Panthers.
Furthermore, the Vancouver Canucks did host a Heritage Classic game at BC Place Stadium back in 2014, but the game took place under a closed retractable roof. To this day, the Canucks have never participated as the home or road team in a proper outdoor game.
It won’t be the only outdoor game next year. The Edmonton Oilers will be hosting the Calgary Flames on Oct. 29th at Commonwealth Field.

Oilers stagnant in power rankings

The Oilers continue to sit stagnant in Daily Faceoff’s weekly power rankings once again sitting 18th.
Here’s their take on the club right now:
Record: 20-16-2 (.553%, 19th)
5v5 Goal Differential: -5 (t-21st)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.68 (13th)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.7 (21st)
PP xGF/60: 9.93 (3rd)
PK xGA/60: 9.41 (28th)
5v5 PDO: 99.8
Previous Week: 18th (0)
Inconsistencies continue to plague the Oilers, as they struggle to really gain any momentum and keep switching between winning and losing games, partially thanks to the play of their defense. Their upside has taken a hit as well, with Leon Draisaitl missing the past couple games with a core muscle strain, although it didn’t slow them down on Friday in their 7-2 win over the Kraken.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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