At least Nail Yakupov didn’t have to watch it from right up close. A healthy scratch for the second night in a row the struggling winger only had to view the carnage from afar Monday night in Washington as Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals put it to Edmonton. Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said before the game that he liked the way Edmonton’s forwards played in Toronto and there was nobody “who deserves to come out.” That might change after Edmonton’s fourth loss in a row. Eakins said he’s considering putting some “fresh legs” in against the Penguins on Tuesday. If Yakupov does draw in Eakins wants him to fight to keep that spot in the line-up instead of having to fight to get it back. “That’s the challenge of the player not just for Yak but for all of our guys” said Eakins. “It’s such a privilege to play in this league you want to give everything you have every night so you never end up like Wally Pip.” Pip was the Yankee first baseman who pulled himself out of the lineup with a headache opening the door for a kid named Lou Gehrig to come in and play 2130 consecutive games.
Nail Yakupov may get back in Edmonton Oilers lineup
Edmonton Sun | Oct 15