Oilers’ Nugent-Hopkins returns to lineup after rib injury

Edmonton Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) celebrates a goal. (Jason Franson/CP)

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is ready to make his return to the lineup after a rib injury sidelined him for a month and a half.

Nugent-Hopkins has not appeared in a game since Jan. 13 against the Vegas Golden Knights. The 24-year-old took a hard hit from Vegas defenceman Brayden McNabb in that contest and was forced to leave the game.

Oilers coach Todd McLellan had Nugent-Hopkins centring a line between Mike Cammalleri and Pontus Aberg during Saturday’s morning skate. Edmonton hosts the New York Rangers Saturday night.

Nugent-Hopkins has 16 goals and 15 assists in 46 games this season.

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