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With or without Leon Draisaitl, Oilers feel Game 2 urgency vs. Canucks


VANCOUVER – Edmonton Oilers coach Kris Knoblauch was mum about the statuses of top-six forwards Leon Draisaitl and Adam Henrique for Game 2, stating a decision will be announced closer to puck drop on Friday.

Based on Thursday’s practice, which neither player participated in, Draisaitl is far more likely to play than Henrique.

Extra forward Sam Gagner skated at centre between Draisaitl’s linemates Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Evander Kane. Gagner likely acted as a placeholder for Draisaitl because there’s no chance he would take that spot in the lineup.

Warren Foegele, a top-six winger for long stretches this season, moved up next to Connor McDavid and Zach Hyman – which bumped trusted defensive player Mattias Janmark back down to the fourth line.

“Regardless, we have the guys in this room to be able to get the job done. We believe in that,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “Whoever has to step up into a different role, I think everybody can do that.”

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