Edmonton’s nightmare start to the season continued on Wednesday, as the club placed goalie Viktor Fasth on injured reserve and recalled Richard Bachman from AHL Oklahoma City.
Fasth, who left Tuesday’s 6-1 drubbing in Los Angeles with a groin strain, had been Edmonton’s starter in two of three games this year and was responsible for the club’s lone point, captured in a 5-4 shootout loss to Vancouver on Saturday. With the 32-year-old Swede now sidelined indefinitely, No. 1 duties will fall to Ben Scrivens, who hasn’t played since allowing five goals in a season-opening loss to Calgary.
While things to appear bleak in Edmonton, there are some positives on the horizon. After tonight’s game in Arizona, the Oilers begin a seven-game homestand at Rexall, which includes five games against non-playoff teams (Vancouver x2, Nashville, Carolina, Washington).