Oilers place Mike Smith on IR, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on LTIR

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) sits on the ice after allowing the game-winning goal during third overtime period NHL Stanley Cup playoff action against the Winnipeg Jets, in Winnipeg on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. (Fred Greenslade/CP)

The Edmonton Oilers have placed goaltender Mike Smith on injured reserve and forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on long-term injured reserve.

Smith has been recovering from a partial tear in a tendon in his thumb. The 39-year-old has struggled with injuries this season making only six starts posting a 2-2-1 record with a 3.76 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage.

Nugent-Hopkins has been out of the lineup since Dec. 31 with a knee injury. The 28-year-old has three goals and 26 points in 30 games this season.

The Oilers also assigned forward Seth Griffith from the AHL's Bakersfield Condors to the team's taxi squad. The 29-year-old has 33 points in 25 AHL games and has appeared in one NHL game this season.

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