Bachman skated this morning for the first time since being sidelined.
Bachman has not played since November 2 when he was injured in a game vs. Detroit. He could return as the Oilers back-up should Ilya Bryzgalov be out long-term but even then he is not fantasy relevant. He is 14-12-2 with a 2.95 GAA and .903 SV% in his career.
Bryzgalov is dealing with concussion/whiplash symptoms.
Bryzgalov is not able to dress tonight, so the recently recalled Jason LaBarbera will serve as Devan Dubnyk's backup tonight. Bryzgalov is being treated for a concussion so there is no timetable for his return. "He took a wicked blow there," said head coach Dallas Eakins, who also added he did not think there was any intent to make contact with Bryzgalov.
Dubnyk was excellent in a relief effort on Sunday, he stopped 15 of 16 shots in shootout win over the Stars. November was much better for Dubnyk, he was 4-6-0 with a 2.69 GAA and .904 SV%. He has a tough matchup vs. a good Coyotes offence.
The extent of Bryzgalov's upper-body injury still to be determined, says Coach Dallas Eakins.
Bryzgalov left Sunday's contest 16:19 into the second period after being bowled over by a Stars forward. He had a solid game going stopping 28 of 29 shots before departing the ice. There is always the fear of a concussion when you see a collision like this, but we await an official word from the Oilers after he is re-evaluated.
Gordon (undisclosed) will not be in the lineup tonight vs. the Stars.
Gordon left Friday's game early and did not return, so the injury sustained that evening will keep him out tonight. Will Acton will draw into the lineup with Gordon out. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Bryzgalov will be between the pipes for the Oilers.
In his first start as an Oiler he was great, but the second outing did not go so well. He gave up four goals on 23 shots and was pulled in a loss to the Blue Jackets. Tonight he faces a tough Stars team, but on Sunday you either need goalie numbers or you don't, so act accordingly.
Bryzgalov gets his second start in as many nights.
Bryzgalov stopped all 33 shots that he faced to record the shutout in his first start as an Oiler. It was a tremendous first start for the eccentric Russian netminder, and the Oilers will turn to him again tonight vs. Columbus. It is another good matchup for him and should be able to record his second win.
Yakupov (ankle) says he's good to go for tomorrow vs. Nashville
Yakupov was given Tuesday off but he will be in the lineup on Thursday. Defensively, Yakupov is still a liabilitybut from an offensive and fantasy standpoint things are starting to trend in the right direction. He has three goals and three assists in his last seven games (1G / 2 A in first 16) and he is just a minus-1 in his last eight contests after being a minus-14 in his first 15. While he is no where near his 17 goals and 31 points from his rookie season, you have to keep in mind he is only 20-years-old and has tremendously high offensive upside. He is owned in 70% of Yahoo! leagues, but is playing top-6 minutes and on the top-power play, it is only a matter of time before the points start coming.
Larsen (undisclosed) resumed skating at Oilers practice today.
Despite his return to practice, Larsen is unsure wether he will travel with the team for their three-game road trip that begins Thursday in Nashville. The 23-year-old defenseman had a goal and four assists in eight games before getting injured.
Yakupov was not at Oilers practice this morning because of a "banged up ankle or foot" according to head coach Dallas Eakins.
"It was tender enough that he couldn't practice. We'll re-evaluate tomorrow," Eakins said after practice. Yakupov has had his struggles this season, but has registered three goals and three assists in his last seven games. He did however have a bad giveaway on the power-play last night that led to a Jonathan Toews shorthanded goal that opened the scoring. It is the plays like that that have Yak in coach Eakins doghouse. The Oilers are off until Thursday, so Yakupov has time to recover before a decision has to be made.
Bryzgalov replaced a struggling Devan Dubnyk in Monday's loss to the Blackhawks. He played well allowed just one goal on 13 shots in his Oilers debut. His first start as an Oiler will come on Wednesday vs. the Predators. If Bryz can find his old game, he could climb to the top of the Oilers goalie depth chart and become a solid number-2 fantasy starter behind a high-octane offence, but suspect defence.
Dubnyk allowed one goal on 25 shots in a win over the Panthers on Thursday. It was his third straight win as his season is starting to trend in the right direction after a terrible start. His winning streak will be in jeopardy tonight with the reigning Stanley Cup Champions in town.
Dubnyk was not tested often, but when he was he stood tall in Tuesday's 7-0 shutout win over the Blue Jackets. It was his first shutout of the season and it came at the right time for Dubnyk. The arrival of Ilya Bryzgalov might have been just what the Oilers needed to get Dubnyk back on track. He has a solid chance at winning his third straight tonight with the Panthers in town.