There are 22 games left in the regular season and the injuries are beginning to pile up. I often wonder if they’re actually injuries or if it’s just guys taking an extra day off because they’re feeling more down than normal. I’d like to believe that if the Oilers were in playoff contention we wouldn’t be seeing so many guys miss so many games.
McLellan says Maroon has a minor lower body issue. Will not play tonight. Should return Saturday.
— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) February 22, 2018
It began on Wednesday when Patty didn’t show up to morning practice. Maroon’s been involved in trade rumours for quite a while now so the first thought I had when he wasn’t in practice is that he was traded. The rumours have been heating up and I’m now fully prepared for it to happen any day now.
Maroon never participated in the morning skate on Thursday either, and that’s where it was uncovered that he has suffered a minor lower body injury. He missed Thursday’s game against Colorado, and as of this posting, it is uncertain if he’ll be ready to go by tonight. Unless he gets traded by then…?
No Maroon (banged up) or Caggiula (illness). Pakarinen and Auvitu will draw in. Could see Slepyshev with McDavid. #Oilers
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) February 22, 2018
Drake Caggiula also missed Thursday’s game against Colorado, this time with an illness of some sort. Drake’s been playing with a banged up jaw ever since he took a puck to the face a couple weeks ago. Whatever illness he is currently suffering from is just a big kick in the nads for him on top of all the other problems he’s facing. It is unknown whether he’ll play tonight against the Kings. My guess is that he will, but at this point of the season if McLellan wants to give some other guys more ice time, I could see Drake sitting in the press box tonight.
Sekera is still on the IR with a facial injury. There has been no update on his condition after it was deemed as a ‘non-serious’ injury last week. Reggie’s had a difficult season this year coming in late after having knee surgery in the off-season. I think he’s due for a good summer of rest following the season.
Sekera took a puck in the face two weeks ago in a game against the Ducks. Ruled as a facial injury, I’m just hoping it doesn’t turn into a concussion which affects him long term.
Nuge is skating! As per the Oilers snap chat story, he took to the ice on Tuesday morning with his team and appears set to return in early March. This is news I’ve been waiting for as I’ve missed our little Nugey and I know he’s dying to get back on the ice. It’s obviously too late for Nuge to come back and make a difference, but it’s going to make watching hockey games a lot more fun with him on the ice.
He even paid a visit to the heroes at the World’s Longest Hockey Game too so that’s got to be a good sign, right?
— Worlds Longest Game (@longest_game) February 17, 2018