Oilers place goaltender Stuart Skinner in COVID-19 protocol

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner keeps his eyes on the puck during a game against the Buffalo Sabres, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP/file)

The Edmonton Oilers have placed goaltender Stuart Skinner in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, the team announced Monday.

The Oilers are now down two goalies, with Mike Smith sidelined one to two weeks with an injured thumb.

Edmonton's No. 1 option between the pipes is now Mikko Koskinen, who's posting a .900 save percentage this season and last earned a win on Dec. 1. After a promising start to the season, the Oilers are plummeting down the standings -- currently four points outside a wild-card spot and without a win in their last six games.

Skinner, 23, was given the chance as the No. 1 starter after Smith went down with an injury, but allowed five goals on 25 shots against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. He has four wins, six losses and a .907 save percentage so far this season.

The Oilers' next game is on Thursday against the Florida Panthers.

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