Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov left Wednesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes with a lower body injury after going down following a collision with an on-ice official.
The injury occurred during the second period at a center-ice faceoff. Yakupov got wrapped up with linesman Matt MacPherson as MacPherson fell and a got a handful of Yakupov’s jersey in the accident.
Yakupov wound up being assisted down the tunnel, keeping his weight off his left leg.
Following the game, coach Todd McLellan didn’t have an update on Yakupov’s status following the game.
Yakupov, following a seven-game point drought, assisted on Benoit Pouliot’s first period goal. That wound up being the Oilers only goal in a 4-1 loss to Carolina.
Watch the incident below.
Yakupov’s point drought is at an end, but he hasn’t scored a goal since October 18, which was well before Connor McDavid’s injury.
On the season the former number one overall draft pick has two goals and 10 assists, along with 51 shots, over 22 games.
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