Nelson takes over as Oilers look to snap nine game skid

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Todd Nelson will look to steer the Oilers in the right direction as he takes over as head coach tonight when Edmonton plays host to the L.A. Kings.

Nelson had been working alongside general manager Craig MacTavish since the Dec. 15 firing of Dallas Eakins.

Since MacTavish took over, the Oilers have gone 0-3-2 and have not won in nine games overall.

Edmonton will have a couple new faces on the ice as well. Newly acquired forwards Derek Roy and Matt Fraser are expected to be in the lineup against the Kings.

Fraser, 24, was plucked off waivers by the Oilers from the Bruins on Monday. In 24 games this season, the Red Deer, Alberta native has three goals and seven penalty minutes to go along with a minus-5 rating.

Fraser skated on the right side of Leon Draisaitl and David Perron at the team’s morning skate.

Roy, who was acquired by Edmonton from Nashville in exchange for Mark Arcobello on Monday, skated between Nail Yakupov and Teddy Purcell.

The 31-year-old had a goal and nine helpers in 26 games with the Predators this season.

Both players are on expiring contracts.