I’ve got some good news and bad news. Which one do you want first?
You’ve already heard the good news. Drake Caggiula, Kris Russell, and Matt Hendricks have all returned to the lineup. (LOL remember when I predicted a December return for Hendricks?) This happened on the weekend, and since then, the Oilers have won two in a row. So who’s the lucky charm? Well they all are!
Drake Caggiula has two points in two NHL games and has been playing well and pitching in on the fourth line. Matt Hendricks is doing what Matt Hendricks does best, which is blocking shots, hitting things, and also chipping in once in a while (1 assist). In yesterday’s win, he blocked a hard slap shot with ten seconds left in a 5-0 game with no other reason than to protect Cam Talbot’s shutout. #Leadership
And Kris Russell? Kris Russell has been the definition of ‘passing the eye test’ all season long. Corsi fanatics HATE HIM! But he looks incredible every single game, and has some writers vote as the best defenceman on the team right now. The only number I personally care about is points, and with Kris Russell in the lineup we are 9-3-1. Without him? We are 2-5-0.
Alright, on to the bad news.
There has been no update since last week on Fayne’s lower body injury. With Russell returning, there has been less of a dire need for defencemen to return to the lineup so less talk has been expected. Fayne has still been skating on his own in Edmonton and is out week-to-week.
Fayne has a total of 2:27 playing minutes so far this season and has one assist, putting him in the lead for points/minutes played. At least he’s got that going for him!
We were all expecting Davidson to join the lineup on the weekend with the rest of the boys. He travelled with the team, was skating with the team and was ready to go. Then, BAM! He re-injures his shoulder during practice and flies home for an MRI. We haven’t heard any update since then, but we can only assume the worst. I mean, not the WORST worst, but worst as in a bad injury. I’d expect another few weeks before we see Davidson play again.
One thing we can make light of in this horrible situation is that even though it’s common knowledge to most reporters, fans, second tier fans, and their dogs, that Davidson has a shoulder injury. The Oilers website is still trying to keep it hidden, labelling it as an upper-body injury. What’s better yet, is that TSN’s website is calling Davidson’s injury a lower body injury. What’s up with you TSN?
Sorry I didn’t mean to put this in here…. was an accident.
Yes Iiro is still alive. We haven’t heard from him in a long time which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing. But it’s probably not a good thing either. The boys are playing pretty well right now so cracking the lineup will be tough for Pakarinen if and when he returns.
Andrew Ference has been doing Andrew Ference things for quite some time now while enjoying that LTIR money. Good for him.
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