As the Edmonton Oilers seek to remain in first place in the Pacific Division, they will have to do so without goalkeeper Mike Smith, who was listed as a day-to-day Sunday with a leg injury.
Netminder, 37, suffered the injury in the team’s 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday and is not in the lineup for Sunday’s rematch against them. Mikko Koskinen will start in his place, and the Oilers called goalkeeper Stuart Skinner of the AHL Bakersfield Condors in emergency conditions to replace Smith.
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Through 15 games this season, Smith is 7-7-1 with an average of 2.83 goals against and a save percentage of .907. Koskinen has a 9-2-0 record with a GAA of 2.55 and a .920 savings percentage, also in 15 games.
In addition to Smith, Oilers forward Zack Kassian is on a daily basis with a back injury, while defender Kris Russell has traveled home for the birth of his second son. None of the players will be available against the Canucks on Sunday.
Skinner, 21, has a savings percentage of 3.23 GAA and .890 in 15 games for Bakersfield.