Nygard (undisclosed) is questionable to play Saturday.
Nygard, who has been skating with Connor McDavid in recent games, was banged up in Minnesota on Thursday and missed Friday's practice. With Nygard absent, Leon Draisaitl and McDavid were reunited on the top-line.
Nygard (ribs) will return to the Oilers lineup on Tuesday.
Nygard missed 13 games with a rib injury but is expected to play Tuesday in San Jose. Nygard has one goal on nine shots (11.1 SH%) in six games this season. He is expected to replace Markus Granlund in the Oilers' bottom-6.
The Oilers placed Joakim Nygard (ribs) on IR.
Nygard is already ruled out for at least two weeks, so his move to IR opens up a roster spot to recall William Lagesson from Bakersfield (AHL).
Nygard will miss 2-to-4 weeks with a rib injury.
Nygard has registered one goal on nine shots in his first six career NHL games. Nygard will miss at least two weeks and Patrick Russell will replace him in the lineup on Wednesday.
The Oilers signed Joakim Nygard to a one-year, entry-level contract.
Nygard, 26, is an undrafted free-agent winger who has spent seven seasons with Farjestads BK Karlstad of the Swedish Elite League. This past season, Nygard led the team in goals (21) and was third in points (35) in 52 games.