Flu bug bit Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tonight

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Are we hitting that time of year where the flu can ruin a game or more?

NHL players aren’t immune to the same things that “sideline” people from offices – seriously, if you have the flu, call in sick, don’t make everyone else miserable – and Saturday provided another reminder.

As hot as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been, apparently his thermometer argued that such heat was more literally hot, so he wasn’t able to go against the Los Angeles Kings tonight.

Andrew Ference apparently wasn’t able to play either (though some would harshly joke that’s not such a bad thing).

We’ll see if the Oilers can find a way to win without two of their No. 1 pick centers against the formidable Los Angeles Kings.