Hall likely to return to the line up soon (Potter too?)

By , December 13, 2011 12:45 pm
Hall should return to the line up soon

Hall should return to the line up soon

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?

7 Responses to “Hall likely to return to the line up soon (Potter too?)”

  1. Racki says:

    Apparently Khabibulin has missed the last 4 skates. Something might be up there. That kind of sucks, given how well he’s played most nights.

  2. dawgtoy says:

    Works for me, those lines look good. Maybe Smyth can spark the third line.

  3. Dman09 says:

    Well lets look at the facts, Noones has seen Bulin for 4 days. No reports of his with the trainers or doctors. There is no evidence to suggest he was injured in anyway during the last game he played. One would have to think that possibly there may be a trade in the works and it could involve Bulin. Just a thought but there is no evidence of any kind to suggest that he was injured in some way.

  4. Racki says:

    I think it’s a long shot.. if Khabi were being traded, I don’t think they’d put him on the shelf, or he’d know he was being traded. You don’t know until nearly the last minute. Khabi is old, frail and probably keeps Rexall in business with his medicine cabinet :P

    In all seriousness, the guy had issues with dehydration in the past. He doesn’t have to suffer an obvious in-game injury for him to be hurt. He could be fatigued.. dehydrated… too drunk.. who knows. I’d think being traded is unlikely, unless Pierre Gauthier called us recently. :P

  5. John says:

    Racki: I think it’s a long shot.. if Khabi were being traded, I don’t think they’d put him on the shelf, or he’d know he was being traded. You don’t know until nearly the last minute. Khabi is old, frail and probably keeps Rexall in business with his medicine cabinet In all seriousness, the guy had issues with dehydration in the past. He doesn’t have to suffer an obvious in-game injury for him to be hurt. He could be fatigued.. dehydrated… too drunk.. who knows. I’d think being traded is unlikely, unless Pierre Gauthier called us recently.

    A potential health issue thing could be why Renney chose to go with Dubie against Calgary even though Khabi played so awesome the night before. I sure wouldn’t be against trading him for the right piece though ;)

  6. Racki says:

    Renney says it’s a maintenance thing. Mentioned that he was sore, but was shooting down the media’s suggestions that it was an old injury like his groin. Renney dismissed it as nothing major.

  7. Grass&sOIL says:

    Looks like you are on to something here. Dubnyk gets the start tonight. I for one am highly concerned about Khabby now.

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