Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner to get the call against Ottawa – Edmonton

With Mike Smith injured and Mikko Koskinen suffering, the Edmonton Oilers will turn to Stuart Skinner in their side on Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators.

Skinner was called up by the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors on Thursday. Before he could travel, he had to be tested for multiple COVID teams as the condor had an unusually high number of positive tests over the past two days.

“They all ended up being false positives for pretty much everyone but one or two people, I think. I tested three more times. They were all negative, so I was able to jump on board,” Skinner explained.

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Skinner, 23, has a 4-5 record and .916 savings percentage with the Oilers this season. He shined with the Condors, going 6-0-2 with a 0.925 keeping ratio.

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“It was great. Obviously, being able to play some games in the NHL and then come back and play some games in Bako and come back here, it’s more of an experience for me. I had a lot of fun with it,” Skinner said.

“It started two and three years ago for him,” said coach Dave Tibbett. “(Goalkeeper coach) Dustin Schwartz has done a great job with him. Skinner has spent time here the past two summers, really working on his game, working on his fitness, working on skateboarding. Things you don’t think goalkeepers normally work on, he’s put in a lot of Time and effort in it. He really wanted himself to the NHL level. Now he just needs the chance.”

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The Oilers trained on Thursday with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Warren Voegel, Kyle Torres, Tyler Benson and Slater Kwikwick have remained in the COVID protocol. Defensesman Chris Russell trained but won’t play. It’s not certain the Oilers will have 18 healthy skaters in the game against Ottawa.

“It’s still a question mark,” Tibbett said. “We had two guys that we thought were going to test out of protocol. Koekkoek we thought we’d have yesterday but he hasn’t come out today yet. We did the Benson and Vogel test today. Hopefully one of these guys will come out. We need one of these guys to test to give up the chance of getting a full lineup. Tomorrow “.

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The Oilers and Senators will take place at 630 CHED with a face-off show at 6:30 p.m. The game begins at 8 p.m.

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