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Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins may miss road trip

Edmonton Oilers goaltendert Nikolai Khabibulin returned to lineup last night in the St. Louis Blues...

Edmonton Oilers goaltendert Nikolai Khabibulin returned to lineup last night in the St. Louis Blues 3-0 win at Rexall Place. (CODIE McLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:34 AM ET

NASHVILLE - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is out with a little more than the flu, and a little longer than the Edmonton Oilers had initially hoped.

He missed his second game in a row Saturday when the Oilers hosted St. Louis and might not join the team on its two-game road trip through Nashville and St. Louis.

“We have no idea,” said head coach Ralph Krueger. “We’re going to have to see how he does. He’s not here today. We’re just trying to get him feeling better. It’s very questionable whether he’ll be able to get on the plane with us Sunday.”

It’s not just a question of whether the 19-year-old is strong enough to play. He has a strep infection in his throat and they don’t want it spreading through the team.

“He’s feeling it and he’s in a state where we feel it’s better if we don’t put him in the middle of the team,” said Krueger. “He’s getting better, but whether he’s strong enough to travel with us and whether the travel will be a risk is decision we’ll make in the morning.”


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