Oilers Injury Update
Sheldon Souray and Steve Staios still remain out of the line up. Word is, Souray could miss as much as a month. Of course, Fernando Pisani and Marc Pouliot are also out of the line up.
Gilbert Brule recently went down with the flu (before the last game, against Vancouver). He will likely miss tomorrow’s game but could be back Saturday. Ladislav Smid also has now caught the flu. It is expected that if either player miss Thursday’s game, Steve MacIntyre will get the nod. He was at practice today playing on the blueline. MacIntyre has played both defence and forward in his pre-Oiler career.
An update on Ryan Stone – Ryan Stone had his MRI yesterday. According to Jason Gregor of Oilers Nation, it is suspected he has a meniscus tear. An update will follow later as he has or will have a scope done today. He will miss at least 2-4 weeks.
New Line Blending
The Oilers have a new top six, possibly. Today Horcoff and Hemsky were split up at practice. Penner, Gagner and Hemsky skated together while Comrie Horcoff and O’Sullivan made up the second line. Jacques and Nilsson skated together with Buchberger playing center. Looks like he’s coming out of retirement.. just kidding. I’m sure he was a placeholder for Brule, if Brule will be back for Thursday.
Me, I’m a big fan of the new top six. Hemsky just has not played well at all, and perhaps giving him some new linemates will do the trick. As far as Horcoff, we all know he’s reliable defensively, but his offensive game has been non-existant. I think that might pick up a bit if he’s playing with Comrie and O’Sullivan, as they are more of a meat-and-potatoes, no b.s. line. Just go in and fire pucks around. I’m actually looking forward to seeing those three together.
The lone line that stayed intact today was Moreau Cogliano Stortini, so I’d expect that won’t change, unless perhaps Brule calls in sick tomorrow.