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Selanne, goalies headline Finnish Olympic camp roster

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Earlier on Monday, the American, Canadian and Russian Olympic orientation camp rosters were revealed. NHL.com also shared Finland’s group, which includes 18 returning members of the team that won the bronze in 2010.

The two biggest questions that come to mind are:

1) Will Teemu Selanne hang up his skates before the 2014 Winter Olympics?

2) Which goalie will stand out in a distinguished group of netminders to become the No. 1 guy?

Here’s the full camp roster:

Forwards: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Sean Bergenheim, *Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, *Niklas Hagman, Teemu Hartikainen, Juha-Pekka Hytonen, Jarkko Immonen, Jesse Joensuu, Jussi Jokinen, *Olli Jokinen, *Niko Kapanen, *Mikko Koivu, *Saku Koivu (Anaheim), Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jarno Koskiranta, Jori Lehtera, Ville Leino, *Antti Miettinen, Janne Pesonen, Lennart Petrell, Antti Pihlstrom, *Jarkko Ruutu, *Tuomo Ruutu, Sakari Salminen, Veli-Matti Savinainen and *Teemu Selanne.

Defensemen: Juuso Hietanen, Topi Jaakola, Joonas Jarvinen, Jere Karalahti, *Lasse Kukkonen, Teemu Laakso, *Sami Lepisto, *Toni Lydman, Tuukka Mantyla, *Janne Niskala, Petteri Nummelin, *Joni Pitkanen, *Sami Salo, *Kimmo Timonen, Sami Vatanen and Ossi Vaananen.

Goalies: *Niklas Backstrom, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Antti Raanta, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Karri Ramo and Petri Vehanen.

* – means that player was part of the 2010 squad.

Selanne, Rask highlight Finland’s Olympic Camp roster

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Finland has named its 54-man camp roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — a group filled with veteran experience at forward and arguably the best goaltending depth in the world.

Up front, the Finns have invited a slew of NHLers, including a number of elder statesmen: Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu, Olli Jokinen and Antti Miettinen, all of whom are 32 or older.

The most notable inclusion is Selanne, the 42-year-old winger that would be participating in his sixth Winter Olympics should he be selected for Sochi.

Selanne made his Olympic debut at the 1992 games in Albertville, finishing fourth in scoring (behind Canada’s Joe Juneau and Czechoslovakia’s Robert Lang, to give you an idea of how long ago that was.)

In goal, Finland boasts a wealth of talent.

Tuukka Rask, fresh off a Stanley Cup Final appearance with Boston, has been selected for camp, as has ’13 Vezina nominee Antti Niemi, ’12 Vezina nominee Pekka Rinne, NHL wins leader Niklas Backstrom, Dallas starter Kari Lehtonen and newly-signed Flames goalie Karri Ramo.

The Finns are weakest on defense, where only a handful of NHL regulars — Toni Lydman, Joni Pitkanen, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen — made the camp roster.

Here’s the full list of invitees:

Goalies

Niklas Backstrom, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Antti Raanta, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Karri Ramo, Petri Vehanen

Defensemen

Jusso Hietanen, Topi Jaakola, Joonas Harvinen, Jere Karalahti, Lasse Kukkonen, Teemu Laakso, Sami Lepisto, Toni Lydman, Tuukka Mantyla, Janne Niskala, Petteri Nummelin, Joni Pitkanen, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen, Sami Vatanen, Ossi Vaananen

Forwards

Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Sean Bergenheim, Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, Niklas Hagman, Teemu Hartikainen, Juha-Pekka Hytonen, Jarkko Immonen, Jesse Joensuu, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen, Niko Kapanen, Mikko Koivu, Saku Koivu, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jarno Koskiranta, Jori Lehtera, Ville Leino, Antti Miettinen, Janne Pesonen, Lennart Petrell, Antti Pihlstrom, Jarkko Ruutu, Tuomo Ruutu, Sakari Salminen, Veli-Matti Savinainen, Teemu Selanne

Oilers’ Nugent-Hopkins (illness) likely to miss second straight game

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The Oilers will likely be without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the second consecutive game on Saturday when they take on the Blues in Edmonton.

“Very doubtful,” was how Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger classified Nugent-Hopkins’ likelihood of suiting up.

The 19-year-old was slated to center Edmonton’s top line on Wednesday night against San Jose, but was a late scratch due to what’s suspected to be the flu.

His absence forced Krueger to juggle things in what ended up a 4-3 shootout loss to the Sharks.

Krueger had already moved winger Ryan Smyth to center the fourth line between Lennart Petrell and Mike Brown with Eric Belanger (groin) out.

Combined with the Nuge falling ill, Shawn Horcoff and Sam Gagner were Edmonton’s lone natural centers.

On the bright side, Belanger is expected to return to the lineup on Saturday, meaning the Oilers should have more depth down the middle.

Nugent-Hopkins late scratch for Oilers, out vs. Sharks tonight

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The Edmonton Oilers will be without the services of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tonight when they host San Jose at Rexall.

Nugent-Hopkins wasn’t feeling well prior to the game and left the arena, according to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug.

The 19-year-old was slated to center Edmonton’s top line tonight between Jordan Eberle and Ryan Jones, and his absence will force Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger to juggle things…again.

Krueger was already thin at center with Eric Belanger (groin) on the shelf.

The Belanger injury forced Krueger to move winger Ryan Smyth to center the fourth line between Lennart Petrell and Mike Brown.

With the Nuge now out, Shawn Horcoff and Sam Gagner are Edmonton’s lone natural centers.

Video: Predators’ Kostitsyn gives up on Oilers goal

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Nashville Predators winger Sergei Kostitsyn wasn’t on the ice for Lennart Petrell’s third period short-handed goal for the Edmonton Oilers.

But he was culpable in allowing the Oilers’ odd-man rush up the ice that led to the goal.

With the Predators on the power play just past the midway point of the third period, Kostitsyn was unable to handle a pass that bounced over his stick and into the neutral zone. It happens.

But, in an odd sequence of events, he was outmuscled for the puck by the smaller Sam Gagner, then, giving up on the play, decided to head to the bench on a line change despite the fact the Oilers had suddenly developed a two-on-one rush.

Gagner hit Petrell with a perfect pass and Petrell scored to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead.

The Oilers went on to win the game 3-2. Below is a video of the goal.

Kostitsyn owned up to his error afterward.

“I made a mistake. I went to change, I should have backchecked, but didn’t see the second guy was coming there,” he told The Tennessean.

“Even if it was a 1-on-1, I should go back, it doesn’t matter if I was tired. I should have gone back and pressured him from behind.”

Predators defenseman Scott Hannan left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return, as per Mark Spector of Sportsnet.