The injury bug has struck the Edmonton Oilers a bit, as Joel Persson has been placed on the Injured Reserve for 7-10 days after suffering a shoulder injury in last night’s 4-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes last night.

Nuge scored a brilliant short-handed goal in last night’s loss but is a little banged up as well, nursing a sore leg after today’s practice, while Gaetan Haas also took a puck off the jaw during practice and had to leave the ice.

Joakim Nygard is also recovering from some damage, sporting a gnarly scar on the left side of his face after getting ten stitches to close a laceration from a skate blade during the Oilers 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

With the Persson injury and Evan Bouchard being sent down to the Bakersfield Condors early today, there is now a huge opportunity for Ethan Bear to step in on Oscar Klefbom’s right side as Head Coach Dave Tippet eluded to this being the time for Bear to get a chance with the big club with only two preseason games remaining.