Tyler Ennis is unfit to play and out indefinitely for the Oilers with an injury, coach Dave Tippett said Thursday.
The 30-year-old forward was injured when his right right leg twisted underneath him after he was hit along the boards by Blackhawks rookie forward Kirby Dach with 3:15 remaining in the second period during Game 3 on Wednesday. Ennis did not put weight on his right leg as he was helped off the ice by Oscar Klefbom and a trainer to the dressing room.
Ennis had two points (one goal, one assist) in the series. He had an assist on Leon Draisaitl’s goal to tie the game 1-1 at 9:42 of the first period before he was injured.
#Oilers coach Dave Tippett said forward Tyler Ennis is "unfit to play" and "out indefinitely" after taking a hit from #Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach in Game 3.— Brandon Cain (@brandonmcain) August 6, 2020
Ennis had a goal and an assist in the series. pic.twitter.com/GzIVSenUUq
Ennis scored four points (two goals, two assists) in nine regular-season games after he was acquired by Edmonton from the Senators on Feb. 24. He had 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 61 games with Ottawa.
“It’s disappointing,” Draisaitl said. “It’s sad that he had to leave the game. I thought he was a great addition to our team. Hopefully it’s not too serious. Our team’s deep enough that we can compensate for everyone.”
Forwards Joakim Nygard or Patrick Russell could potential be an option to fill in on the Oilers’ second line alongside Leon Draisaitl and Kailer Yamamoto.
“I’m sure they have a willing and able combatant that’s how about to come onto the ice for him,” Blackhawks defenseman Slater Koekkoek said.
Tippett also said defenseman Adam Larsson will be reassessed prior to Game 4, which will be at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the Western Conference’s hub city.
Larsson was ruled “unfit to play” for Game 3 and was replaced by Caleb Jones. Larsson has no points in the series after he scored six points (one goal, five assists) in 49 regular-season games.