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Oilers forward Nail Yakupov out 2-4 weeks due to ankle injury

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:18:33 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Edmonton, AB, Canada (4E Sports) - The Edmonton Oilers will play the next two to four weeks without forward Nail Yakupov , who sustained a sprained ankle in their 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday.

Yakupov sustained the injury when his legs tangled with linesman Matt MacPherson during a faceoff at center ice early in the second period, and each went down to the ice.

Yakupov did not put any weight on his left leg while being helped to the Oilers dressing room at 2:22.

"It could have been significantly worse based on what happened," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "Hopefully, he heals quickly."

Yakupov , the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, had an assist on Benoit Pouliot's first-period goal to end a seven-game point drought. He has not scored a goal since Oct. 18, a span of 16 games.

Yakupov had been dropped to the right side of the third line with Mark Letestu and Matt Hendricks against the Hurricanes. His spot was taken at practice Thursday by Pouliot .

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