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The Edmonton Oilers served notice in their season opener that they probably won't be pushovers against the Vancouver Canucks this season.

Already with a rare victory over Roberto Luongo, the Oilers look for more success against the Canucks in Monday night's rematch at Rexall Place.

Edmonton (4-3-1) took only one of six 2011-12 meetings against Vancouver, but got off to a good start this season with a 3-2 shootout win on the road Jan. 20. The Oilers rallied from a two-goal deficit in Nail Yakupov's NHL debut.

Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky scored for Edmonton to offset goals from Alexander Edler and Zack Kassian.

Now the Canucks (4-2-2) head to Rexall Place, where the Oilers have won two of three and gone 7 for 20 (35.0 percent) on the power play.

"We know that coming into Edmonton is not an easy thing," said Edler, who has a team-high seven points. "They're good at home with all their skilled, fast players so we've got to make sure we play at our best."

Luongo, who continues to be shopped by management, fell to 10-3-1 with a 2.06 goals-against average in his last 14 starts against the Oilers. He has started Vancouver's last three games over Cory Schneider, who is 3-1-0 with a 2.25 GAA in four starts versus Edmonton.

The first Vancouver contest was one of two this season in which Yakupov has failed to register a point. He's got at least one in four straight contests after scoring Edmonton's lone goal in Saturday's 3-1 loss at Colorado.

The Oilers allowed a season-high 40 shots in the finale of a three-game road trip. They took three points from the first two games in Phoenix and San Jose.

"At critical points in the game we've got to be better with our sticks and better with our body position,'' coach Ralph Krueger said. "We are slightly fatigued off the back-to-back and the early start but let's learn and grow from that."

Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff could return after missing two straight games with a neck injury.

"It's still a strain that the medical staff concluded that it would be better for him to take another day knowing that'll take him through to Monday night so hopefully we'll get him back for Vancouver," Krueger said.

Sam Gagner has at least one point in every game and is tied for the Oilers' lead with nine. Taylor Hall also has nine, but was held without one for the first time Saturday.

Vancouver won 2-1 in a shootout over Chicago on Friday, as Luongo stopped all four Blackhawks attempts. The Canucks have won two of three shootouts since losing to Edmonton.

"I know points are real important so that's one of the reasons why we're working a lot on our shootouts," coach Alain Vigneault said.

The Canucks did not allow a goal on five chances on the penalty kill against the Blackhawks. That unit has allowed three goals in its last 23 opportunities after yielding five in 12 chances in Vancouver's first three games.

"It's another area that we're hoping we're getting better at, we're working at and obviously with our guys right now, we're doing a lot of video," Vigneault said. "It's an area that we need to improve and we know that."

Daniel Sedin has gone four straight games without a point while Henrik has one assist in that span.

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Max Scherzer on track for Friday start after tweaking left intercostal

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Max Scherzer on track for Friday start after tweaking left intercostal

The Washington Nationals dropped their first of three games against the Colorado Rockies, 7-5 Monday night.

Here's the latest Nats and Rockies news. 

Player Notes: 

NATS:

Anthony Rendon (elbow) remained out of the Nats lineup Monday after getting hit by a pitch over the weekend in Miami. While it was the second-straight game he's missed, he could be available to pinch-hit soon. 

Shortstop Trea Turner has not yet been cleared to throw or hit. Turner has been taking grounders and participating in other baseball activities after fracturing his finger April 2. He is two and a half weeks into his projected 4-6 week rehabilitation. 

Max Scherzer is on track to make his scheduled start Friday against the Padres. The starting pitcher tweaked his left intercostal after dodging a foul ball in Sunday's game. 

Second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer in the Nats' loss Monday. Dozier now has four home runs in a Nat uniform. He was also walked twice, raising his OPS to .669. 

ROCKIES:

Starting pitcher Tyler Anderson allowed five runs over three innings Monday night. Anderson walked three and allowed four hits. He also struck out four. Anderson was eventually pulled after giving up a home run to Brian Dozier in the third with two runners on. 

Nolan Arenado went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs Monday. His homer was his 1,000 hit of his MLB career. 

Relief pitcher Wade Davis allowed a hit, but didn't give up a run while earning the save in the team's win over the Nats. Despite giving up a double to Ryan Zimmerman in the top of the ninth, the closer got his second save of the season. 

Mark Reynolds tied the game 5-5 in the fifth after a two-run shot off of Jeremy Hellickson. The first baseman went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two walks. 

Injuries:

3B Anthony Rendon: Elbow hit by pitch, sidelined

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, 10-day IL

RP Justin Miller: Back, 10-day IL

SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-day IL

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-day IL

Coming Up:

Tuesday, 4/23: Nationals @ Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET, Coors Field

Wednesday, 4/24: Nationals @ Rockies, 3:10 p.m. ET, Coors Field

Friday, 4/26: Padres @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nats Park 

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If the Redskins want to trade back in the NFL Draft, one team makes a lot of sense

If the Redskins want to trade back in the NFL Draft, one team makes a lot of sense

The Redskins want to trade back in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Says who? Says Washington Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams, that's who. 

"I’m going to go on the record and say that’s a possibility that we won’t trade up, but there’s a great possibility we’ll trade back if that opportunity came," Williams said on Monday during the team's pre-draft media session.

While trading up seems unlikely, trading back could certainly happen. The Redskins have needs - quarterback, wide receiver and edge rusher stand out - but the team isn't exactly desperate at any position. In turn, more picks could help in more areas. And more picks come from trading down. 

"I'm not going to sit here and say we got to get better at any position, which we know we have to get better overall as a football team," Williams said.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris explained one exact trade down scenario that could work for Washington (see above video).

The Houston Texans must add help at offensive tackle, and the consensus has most of the best tackles taken by the 18th or 20th spot. If Houston wants to get their tackle, like Florida's Jawaan Taylor for example, the Texans might need to move up. In turn, the Redskins can offer their 15th pick to Houston in exchange for the 23rd spot and an additional pick later in the draft, perhaps as high as a third. 

At 23, the Redskins can get their pick of a number of need positions, like left guard, wide receiver or cornerback. 

"That's where those talents match up with the value," Norris said. 

That makes sense, as there isn't a wideout or guard that demands to be taken at 15, but could match the Redskins' draft board eight picks later. Maybe a guy like Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown or Boston College OL Chris Lindstrom specifically.

There's also the quarterback spot. 

There are four rookie passers projected to be first round picks: Kyler Murray, Drew Lock, Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones. It seems possible Jones would be there at 23.

Two other names to watch, particularly if a trade down scenario emerges for the Redskins. 

Norris suggested the Redskins like Maryland safety Darnell Savage, and he is gaining momentum as a possible late first-round selection. 

Additionally, one NFC scout told NBC Sports that he would not be shocked if West Virginia QB Will Grier sneaks into the end of the first round. Remember, first-round contracts automatically carry a team fifth-year option, an incredibly lucrative bonus considering the money some quarterbacks are making around the league. 

Stay alert out there - it's almost draft day.

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