Puljujarvi scored a goal on Feb. 17 against Anaheim then was hurt on the next shift.
“I have skated hard now for one week. I’m ready to go right away hard,” said Puljujarvi.
Russell hasn’t been in a game since Jan. 31. He’s been bothered by a neck issue.
“It was something that wasn’t getting better. It was getting worse. I had to kind of make sure that I got it fixed,” explained Russell.
“It’s always frustrating. I’m one of those guys that can play through some stuff. When you can’t, you feel like you’re letting your team down.”
The Oilers will be going after their fourth straight win. Their expected lineup is:
Kane – McDavid – Yamamoto
Hyman – Draisaitl – Puljujarvi
Foegele – Shore – Ryan
Archibald – McLeod – Kassian
Nurse – Ceci
Keith – Bouchard
Russell – Barrie
Forward Tyler Benson cleared waivers and will be report to Bakersfield in the AHL.
The Sabres have won two in a row.
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