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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins out 6-8 weeks with hand injury

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be out for six to eight weeks after injuring his hand during Monday's 4-2 win at Florida.

Young forward hurt blocking shot

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will miss six to eight weeks after injuring his hand during Monday's 4-2 win at Florida. (CP File Photo-Jan 12, 2016) 0:13

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be out for six to eight weeks after injuring his hand during Monday's 4-2 win at Florida.

Oilers coach Todd McLellan called it a "long-term injury" after the game, then provided a time frame for Nugent-Hopkins's recovery at Tuesday's practice.

Nugent-Hopkins was hurt while on penalty-killing duty early in the second when he blocked a shot by the Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov. He left the ice and did not return.​

Nugent-Hopkins, 22, has eight goals and 22 assists in 46 games this season, his fifth in the NHL after being drafted first overall in 2011.

Edmonton (19-23-5) has the worst record in the Western Conference and has been without Connor McDavid, this year's No. 1 pick, since early November when he suffered a broken collarbone.

McLellan said that despite the injury to Nugent-Hopkins, the Oilers will not rush McDavid back to action.

"He's not ready," McLellan said.

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