Mikko Koskinen in for a long run in Edmonton Oilers net

The Edmonton Oilers welcome the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night with Mikko Koskinen once again starting in goal.

Koskinen is expected to start every game for the foreseeable future with Mike Smith having been placed on long term injured reserve.

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“It’s early in the year. He feels really good. We’ll manage his work load in practice,” said head coach Dave Tippett.

“He has to be the guy for a while.”

“It’s tough when you have a guy like Smitty go down,” said defenceman Ethan Bear. “He’s a good athlete and he’s going to come back strong. In the meantime, just hold down the fort.”

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The Oilers have claimed goalie Troy Grosenick off waivers from the L.A. Kings. Grosenick, 31, signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Kings in October. He has two NHL appearances, both with San Jose in 2014/15.

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“Talking to our scouts and Schwartz (goalie coach Dustin Schwartz), he’s had some real quality time in the AHL. He’ll come in and give us an option,” said Tippett.

Tippett said Joakim Nygard will make his season debut and Tyler Ennis will likely play after missing Thursday’s game. Jujhar Khaira will come out of the lineup with another forward expected to be scratched from last game.

The Oilers and Canadiens are on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show starting at 3:30 p.m. The game starts at 5 p.m.


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