After the morning skate, Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger revealed that the Oilers had moved Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to injured reserve and may not travel with the team on their upcoming two game road-trip. The coach downplayed the extent of Nugent-Hopkins illness, but then again the expectation was that Nugent-Hopkins would be ready to play tonight.

Also revealed on Saturday morning were the Oilers’ new line combinations and starting goalie. Nikolai Khabibulin will start for the Oilers, while the forward lines are now configured thusly:

- Hall, Horcoff, Hemsky

- Paajarvi, Gagner, Eberle

- Jones, Belanger, Yakupov

- Brown, Smyth, Petrell

The switch of Nugent-Hopkins for Belanger, and the promotion of Eberle to the Gagner line essentially ends the Oilers’ brief run of three scoring lines. Krueger said that the team still believes they have three lines that can score, but given that Belanger and Jones have combined for one goal in 32 games and Yakupov has one in his last 21 contests, that assertion is questionable at best.

Curious is the decision to start Khabibulin. Dubnyk has had a lot of work lately but has not played since Wednesday and is demonstrably superior to Khabibulin in every important statistic during their time together in Edmonton.