We’ve had some good news and bad news this past week on the injury front. The good news was the desperate return of Kris Russell on the back-end. I don’t need to tell you how much of a garbage-fire our defence has looked the last few weeks, so any help we can get is fantastic.. The bad news? We lost ANOTHER defenceman to injury. Let’s break it down:
Kailer Yamamoto has been out with an upper-body injury since the beginning of the year and all the hype was leaning towards him returning to the lineup last night against Arizona. This obviously never happened and he still remains on the IR. With the extreme lack of depth scoring in our lineup right now, hopefully Yamamoto will come back asap and create some sort of spark in that group that we haven’t been seeing. With him not playing last night, I would hopefully expect him in the lineup tomorrow night.
Alex Petrovic is currently out day-to-day with concussion-like symptoms after getting hit into the boards from behind by Timo Meier earlier last week against the Sharks. You can watch the video of the hit below. Petrovic clearly hits his head against the glass fairly hard, and left the game immediately. Let me be the first to say that after having a rough couple of games shortly after being traded to a new team, Petrovic is not having a good time right now following up his poor play with an injury.
Concussion injuries can be tricky in terms of a timeline. He is listed as day-to-day, however it wouldn’t be the first time a day-to-day injury stretches out to month-to-month. Let’s hope the trainers take good care of Petrovic and he does what is necessary to heal up properly without risking anything.
Another hit from behind,
Another missed call.
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Oscar Klefbom is still a few weeks out from returning to the lineup after having surgery on a broken finger. Have I mentioned that we’re in desperate need of Klefbom to return and I miss him very very much? After watching the team over the last month, it’s more obvious than ever that Klefbom is a crucial part of our defence core.
In a press conference on Friday, Ken Hitchcock said that Klefbom is meeting with a doctor this weekend to get the green light for his pins to come out. If this is the case, Klefbom should be back on the ice with the team this week skating. Isn’t that exciting? A timeline for his actual return is still immediately following the All-Star break. It sounds like if the Oilers rushed him hard enough he could probably be available before then, but it seems unanimous by everybody that this isn’t a good idea.
There has been no update on Reggie’s status in the last week, and the last we heard was that he’s getting closer to a return from his Achilles tear. It’s been said before that Sekera will be heading down to Bakersfield for a conditioning stint when he’s ready to play. This will obviously extend the time before we see him in an Oilers uniform, but it’s safe to say the guy is going to be a little rusty having not played any games this season. Andrej Sekera has been skating with the team for a while now, however there’s still no specific timeline of when we can see him in game action. I refuse to get my hopes up.
Previous Injury Reports
- Chiasson returning, Russell close, and Jones reaping the benefits
- Everything is awful right now
- Kris Russell update, Adam Larsson’s foot, and Sekera’s doctor appointment
- MORE defencemen injured
- Yamamoto day-to-day, Caggilua on IR, Tobias Rieder skating
- Chris in Mexico, Sekera is at Practice
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