Yakupov (concussion) back for Oilers after two-game absence

Nail Yakupov will draw back into the Edmonton lineup tonight when the Oilers take on the Coyotes at Rexall.

The 20-year-old Russian forward has been out with a concussion — suffered from a Matt Cooke hit last Thursday — and has missed the Oilers’ last two games, a 3-2 OT loss to Winnipeg and a 2-1 loss to Vancouver.

Yakupov, who’s sophomore struggles have been well-documented (see here and here and here), has nine goals and eight assists this season but boasts a league-worst minus-31 rating through 47 games.



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