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86 Nikita Nikitin D
Height/Weight: 6-3/217 | Birthdate: 6/16/1986 | Birthplace: Omsk, Russia, USSR | Team: Edmonton Oilers | College: None | NHL Experience: 4 | Salary: $1,800,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/1
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12/8/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers Place Nikitin On IR

News: The Oilers placed Nikita Nikitin (back) on IR on Monday.
Analysis: The blueliner will sit out Tuesday's game against the Sharks, but could make his way back into the lineup later in the week. Nikita Nikitin recorded two goals and three assists in 22 games before suffering the injury.

12/7/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin (Back) Is Out Sunday

News: Nikita Nikitin (back) will not be in the lineup against the Sharks on Sunday, play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin left Wednesday's game against the Jets with a back injury and apparently isn't healthy enough to take the ice quite yet. Keith Aulie is expected to start in place of Nikitin on Sunday.

12/3/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Suffers Back Injury

News: Nikita Nikitin left Wednesday's game against the Jets with a back injury and will not return.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin saw 7:45 worth of action over 11 shifts before departing with the injury. The Oilers should provide a more detailed update on his condition at Thursday's practice.

11/22/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Likely To Be Scratched Saturday

News: Nikita Nikitin is expected to serve as a healthy scratch Saturday against the Blackhawks, TSN's Ryan Rishaug reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin's poor play Friday night versus the Devils resulted in an early benching, with the blueliner finishing with just 13:59 of total ice time in the 2-0 loss. Look for Keith Aulie to replace him in Saturday's lineup.

11/4/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers Activate Nikitin

News: Nikita Nikitin (back) has been activated from injured reserve and appears set to play Tuesday against the Flyers, Bob Stauffer of 630 CHED reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin was paired up with Justin Schultz during the morning skate, a sign he'll be cleared to return to the lineup. He missed three games due to back spasms.

11/3/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Practices

News: Nikita Nikitin (back) practiced with the team Monday, Tom Gazzola of Oilers TV reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin was spending time on the second power play unit at practice, so it looks like he might be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Flyers.

11/2/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers Place Nikitin On IR

News: Nikita Nikitin (back) was placed on injured reserve Sunday.
Analysis: It was thought that Nikita Nikitin was close to returning to the lineup, so this could just be a procedural move to free up a roster spot. The possibility also exists that Nikitin may have suffered a setback that hasn't been reported yet. The Oilers figure to issue further information in the coming days if it's the latter scenario.

11/1/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Remains Out Saturday

News: Nikita Nikitin (back) will not play Saturday against the Canucks.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin was able to practice Friday, but his bout with back spasms will prevent him from playing in his third straight game.

10/31/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Practices Friday

News: Nikita Nikitin (back) returned to practice Friday.
Analysis: It sounds like Nikita Nikitin could be an option for Saturday's game against the Canucks, but that probably won't be decided until the team's morning skate earlier that day. If the Oilers decide to hold Nikitin out for another day, Brad Hunt will occupy his spot in the lineup once again.

10/30/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin To Miss Wednesday's Game

News: Nikita Nikitin (back spasms) will remain out of the Oilers' lineup for their game on Wednesday against the Predators, Bob Stauffer of 630 CHED reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin was diagnosed with back spasms on Tuesday after sitting out the Oilers' contest on Monday against Montreal. He will likely undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his injury and the team will assess his status after that. Nikitin has scored one goal and two assists in eight games so far this season.

10/28/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin To Undergo MRI On Back

News: Nikita Nikitin has been diagnosed with back spasms and will likely undergo an MRI.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin was held out of Monday's contest due to the back issue and would seem unlikely to suit up when the Oilers take the ice again Wednesday versus the Predators. Brad Hunt is expected to take Nikitin's spot in the lineup until the injured blueliner is cleared to return.

10/27/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin (Undisclosed) Out Monday

News: Nikita Nikitin (undisclosed) will not play in Monday's game against the Canadians.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin is dealing with an undisclosed injury and will be replaced by Brad Hunt for Monday's game. His next opportunity to get on the ice will be against the Predators on Wednesday.

10/27/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin A Game Time Decision

News: Nikita Nikitin (undisclosed) will be a game time decision Monday against the Canadiens.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin is reportedly dealing with some minor issues, and may watch Monday's game from the press box for maintenance purposes. The blueliner has a goal and two assists through eight games this season.

10/25/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Finishes Plus-4 Friday

News: Nikita Nikitin dished out an assist and finished with a plus-4 rating in Friday's win over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin was fortunate to be on the ice for the majority of the Oilers' third-period scoring binge, but it will be tough for him to finish on the positive side of the plus/minus ledger most nights. The winless Hurricanes can't compete with anybody right now, which can allow nondescript blueliners like Nikitin to churn out quality production on any given night.

10/23/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Nets Game-Winner

News: Nikita Nikitin scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Capitals.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin's power-play marker with 3:52 remaining in the second period gave him his first goal and second point of the season. The Oilers won't usually count on Nikitin for much on the offensive end, as his size and physicality on defense are the primary reasons Edmonton signed him to a two-year deal in the offseason.

10/8/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Cleared To Play Against Flames

News: Nikita Nikitin (ankle) has received clearance to play for Thursday's game against the Flames.
Analysis: He was acquired in June from Columbus to add experience to the Oilers blue line, where he is currently expected to be on the second defensive pairing alongside Justin Schultz. Nikita Nikitin hasn't scored over 15 points in any of the past three seasons, and only once in his five-year career has he eclipsed 30 points.

10/7/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Practices Tuesday

News: Nikita Nikitin (ankle) took part in Tuesday's practice, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Analysis: It looked just a day earlier that Nikita Nikitin would open the season on injured reserve, but his participation in Tuesday's practice not only gives him a chance to avoid IR, but also to play in Thursday's season opener against the Flames. The Oilers are still officially listing him as questionable for the opener, which may open the door for either of the Oilers' young blue line prospects (Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom) to find their way into the lineup.

10/6/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Likely To Begin Season On IR

News: Nikita Nikitin (ankle) will likely begin the season on IR, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: The last thing the Oilers can afford is an injury to a defenseman. It's the weakest part of the team. Nikita Nikitin shouldn't be out for more than a week or two but his presence will be missed by a team that acquired him to help out in it's own end.

10/2/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin (Ankle) Likely Out 1-2 Weeks

News: Nikita Nikitin will likely miss 1-2 weeks after twisting his ankle Thursday, and left the arena wearing a walking boot.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin will likely miss the beginning of the regular season with the 1-2 week timetable, but that is unclear at this point. He was wearing the walking boot for precautionary reasons, but the fact that he needs it suggests the twist may not be minor.

10/2/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Suffers Ankle Injury

News: Nikita Nikitin suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday's game against the Canucks and will not return, Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin recorded just 15 points with the Blue Jackets last season, but signed a two-year contract with the Oilers after having his rights traded to the team in the offseason. He likely won't serve as a viable fantasy option other than in deeper formats.

6/25/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers Sign Nikitin To Two-Year Deal

News: The Oilers have signed Nikita Nikitin to a two-year, $9 million deal, the Edmonton Journal reports.
Analysis: With Nikita Nikitin, whose rights Edmonton had acquired from Columbus, in the fold, the Oilers will return the Blue Jackets' fifth-round draft pick they'd previously acquired at the trade deadline for Nick Schultz. The 28-year-old Nikitin adds size and valuable experience to the Oilers' blue line, but coming off a season in which he recorded 15 points and 20 PIM in 66 games, he's only an option in deeper fantasy formats.

6/20/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Nikitin Conditionally Traded To Edmonton

News: Nikita Nikitin has been conditionally traded to Edmonton, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: Apparently the teams have agreed to the trade and are just working on the compensation, or the trade may not be official until Nikita Nikitin signs a contract with Edmonton. As of now, Nikitin is scheduled to be a free agent July 1. Nikitin played 66 games for Columbus last season but was in jeopardy of losing his roster spot so he was deemed expendable by the Blue Jackets.

6/12/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Jackets' Nikitin Likely To Test Market

News: The Blue Jackets haven't had any contract discussions with Nikita Nikitin, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: The unrestricted free agent is coming off a season in which he had just two goals and 15 points in 66 games with a plus-9 rating. Nikita Nikitin should be able to land an NHL job on someone's blue line, although likely not in a top-four role.

4/28/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Blue Jackets' Nikitin Sidelined

News: Nikita Nikitin (unspecified injury) won't play Monday against the Penguins, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: With Nikita Nikitin -- who did not record a point in the first five games of the series -- unavailable, Nick Schultz will slot back into the Blue Jackets' lineup for Monday's Game 6.

4/12/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Jackets' Nikitin Returning Saturday

News: Nikita Nikitin (lower body) will return for Saturday's game against the Panthers, the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports.
Analysis: With Nikita Nikitin back in for the first time since April 1, both Ryan Murray (knee) and Nick Schultz will be scratched. Nikitin has just 15 points in 65 games this season, but he's been a steady presence on the Columbus blue line.