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Nugent-Hopkins to play Monday

Oct 4, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

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As it turns out, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will only miss the first two games of the regular season. The 20-year-old star center is expected to be in the lineup Monday when his Edmonton Oilers host the New Jersey Devils.

Nugent-Hopkins had shoulder surgery on April 23 and didn’t play during the preseason. (What he did do, though, was sign a $42 million contract extension.)

Even with the return of Nugent-Hopkins, head coach Dallas Eakins reportedly wouldn’t rule out Taylor Hall remaining at center. The Oilers are still without their other true top-six center, Sam Gagner (broken jaw), for a while.

Edmonton plays Saturday in Vancouver before returning home for the Devils game.

Related: Oilers coach Eakins says bad habits have to ‘die’

  1. spr41 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Perron-Hall-Eberle, Joensuu-Nuge-Yakupov, Smyth-Gordon-Hemsky

  2. spr41 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    If Joensuu can continue to blossom, when Gagner comes back you put Smyth-Gagner-Hemsky together on the 3rd line and Gordon looks great as your 4th line center. Joensuu’s physical game is a nice compliment to Nugent-Hopkins.

  3. jernster21 - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Over/under is 15 games before he gets hurt again. In today’s NHL, no one cares what the name is on the back of your jersey, you’re gonna get hit.

  4. shamu1the1whale - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I hope the Nuge plays well and stays healthy!

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