Looks like Taylor Hall should be back in the line up maybe even as soon as this Thursday.
Today he practiced on a line with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. The “kid” line stayed the same (Gagner-RNH-Eberle), while Ryan Smyth was playing with Eric Belanger and Ryan Jones. Magnus Paajarvi is still the odd man out, although he practiced some with Lennart Petrell and Anton Lander.
Also good news was that Corey Potter was skating alongside Ryan Whitney. Hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup soon too. I think he could help provide a bit of a boost for Ryan Whitney’s lost game.
The Oilers next game is this Thursday vs the Phoenix Coyotes, in Phoenix, at 7:30 PM (TV: Sportsnet Oilers). Per @NHL_Oilers on Twitter: “Taylor Hall will take Coach Renney’s fitness test at practice Wednesday morning, which will determine his status for Thursday’s game.”
What are your thoughts on the “new” lines?