Edmonton Oilers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen said Tuesday the team was “struggling” with the loss of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, a key part of the team that went 13-5-1 and earned the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Ristolannen said the loss “doesn’t surprise me at all” and that he wasn’t surprised when the Oilers lost to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in Denver.
The 23-year-old Ristelainen was a key contributor to Edmonton’s success this season and the Oilers have lost two straight games to the Avalanche.RISTOLAINEN: ‘I’m not surprised’ at loss to Avalanche.
“It’s not surprising to me.
We made some great plays. “
We had some great opportunities.
It was the first time Edmonton was without Nugent since the end of February. “
When you play a team like this, you’ve got to be prepared for that and I think we were prepared.”
It was the first time Edmonton was without Nugent since the end of February.
Nugent was sidelined with an upper-body injury for six weeks before returning to play in the first round of the playoffs against the Winnipeg Jets.
The Oilers have won two straight and have been riding a five-game winning streak after going 0-7-0 on the road.
They are 10-3-0 when Nugent scores.RISSON: The Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche face off at Pepsi Center.
It will be a rematch of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, which the Oilers won 4-2 in six games.