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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%: 2/0
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3/2/2015

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Practices

News: Nikita Nikitin (shoulder) practiced in a non-contact jersey Monday.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin has made incremental improvement in his recovery from injury over the last week, but he's still probably at least a few days away from warranting consideration for an activation from IR.

2/23/2015

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Nikita Nikitin

Nikitin Skating With The Oilers

News: Nikita Nikitin (shoulder) was skating with the team Monday, according to the Oilers web site.
Analysis: The original timetable for Nikita Nikitin's return was 3-5 weeks and that seems to be correct. The Oilers have been hounded by injuries of late and would welcome Nikitin back with open arms.

2/4/2015

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers Place Nikitin On IR

News: Nikita Nikitin (shoulder) was placed on placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin's injury will keep him out for the next 3-to-5 weeks, so his placement on IR doesn't qualify as much of a surprise. The Oilers are expected to recall an extra defenseman from AHL Oklahoma City in the coming days.

2/1/2015

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Ruled Out 4-6 Weeks

News: Nikita Nikitin (shoulder) was officially ruled out for four to six weeks Saturday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Analysis: The Oilers will more than likely place Nikita Nikitin on injured reserve in the coming days while he contends with the long-term injury. His absence should go relatively unnoticed in the fantasy realm, as eight points and a minus-9 rating in 34 games don't exactly scream "roster me." Keith Aulie looks to be Nikitin's primary replacement on the Oilers' third defensive pairing.

1/30/2015

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Out 'A While' With Shoulder Injury

News: Nikita Nikitin left Thursday's win over the Sabres in the third period with a shoulder injury, Matthew Iwanyk of TSN 1260 reports. Coach Todd Nelson said postgame that Nikitin "will be out for a while."
Analysis: Brought in to stabilize the Oilers' blue line in the offseason, Nikita Nikitin has been a notable disappointment, as he's struggled to stay healthy and has generally performed poorly when active. It appears Nikitin has suffered another significant setback on the injury front, with at least a multi-week absence seemingly in store following Nelson's somber report after the game. His absence will likely create the opportunity for Keith Aulie to reclaim a regular lineup spot.

12/31/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Out Wednesday

News: Nikita Nikitin won't play Wednesday versus the Flames, according to the Oilers web site.
Analysis: The Oilers are just playing it safe here as Nikita Nikitin has just come back from injury and the team doesn't want him playing in back to back games right away. He should return to the lineup Friday at Colorado.

12/30/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers Activate Nikitin

News: The Oilers activated Nikita Nikitin (back) off IR on Monday.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin hasn't suited up since Dec. 3, but should be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Kings. The Oilers reassigned Brad Hunt to AHL Oklahoma City on Monday, freeing up a roster spot for Nikitin.

12/27/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Remains Out Saturday

News: Nikita Nikitin (back) will not return to the lineup Saturday against the Flames.
Analysis: General manager Craig MacTavish said Nikita Nikitin would return to the lineup "in the near future" after he was on the ice Saturday morning, so he seems to be closing in on full health. That being said, with just five points and a minus-6 rating over 22 games, not many fantasy players are going to be awaiting his return with bated breath.

12/20/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers' Nikitin Skates Saturday

News: Nikita Nikitin (back) resumed skating with the Oilers on Saturday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin's participation with the team gives him a shot at playing Sunday against the Stars, but it's more likely that the Oilers will want to see him practice one or two more times before activating him. The rearguard wasn't especially impressive prior to suffering the injury and may not be guaranteed a regular lineup spot upon his return.

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.