Oilers’ Nugent-Hopkins returning to lineup after four-game absence

Edmonton Oilers player Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at a game against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alta. on March 17, 2021. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

Edmonton Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will return to the lineup Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens after missing four games with an upper-body injury, according to head coach Dave Tippett.

Nugent-Hopkins, 28, has 12 goals and 16 assists through 40 games and sits fourth in team scoring — behind Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Tyson Barrie — in his 10th season in Edmonton.

The Oilers posted a 3-1 record in his absence and are one point behind the Winnipeg Jets for second place in the North Division heading into Wednesday night.

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