Another week of Oilers hockey has passed by and thankfully we have no changes in the injury report this week. Another thing we should be thankful for is that some of our upcoming opponents have some crucial injuries to their lineups. Let’s dive in, shall we?
In last weeks injury report I theorized that Tobias Rieder could have an issue called Frozen Shoulder Syndrome. This was a shot out of the blue and believe it or not, I was completely wrong. As our friends at the Capilano Rehab Centre pointed out to me, Frozen Shoulder Syndrom is most common in middle-aged women. From now on, maybe I’ll just leave the medical analysis to the experts.
Tobias Rieder was diagnosed with an upper-body injury last week and is expected to miss a month of hockey. There has been no update on his injury because it’s still fairly early in his recovery, but I’m sure he’s looking forward to getting back on the ice with the team.
There have been rumours going around that Reggie is actually doing some light skating. I can’t verify if these rumours are true or not, but it’s not uncommon for someone to get back to light activity this quick after an Achilles tear. He’s still quite some time away from returning to the lineup, but it’s good to hear that Andrej could be skating. If anything, this is probably good for his mental health to get back on the ice. I couldn’t imagine how painful it is sitting at home with an injury while your team is out doing their thing.
In the next week, we play the Los Angeles Kings, the Dallas Stars, and then the Kings again. These are big games that we have to win to get back above .500 and remain in the playoff race.
Fortunately, both the Kings and Stars have diminished lineups and have been struggling with injuries all season long. The Kings are down Gabriel Vilardi, Jonny Brodzinksi, Jonathan Quick, Jack Campbell, and Trevor Lewis. Jonathan Quick being injured could be a huge break for us because Quick is always a brick wall when playing the Oilers. The Kings are not playing well at all this season so I’m looking forward to playing them twice in the next five days.
The Stars are currently missing Martin Hanzal, Stephen Johns, John Klingberg, Connor Carrick, Marc Methot, and their starting goalie, Ben Bishop. Again, there is a chance by Tuesday a few of these guys might bounce back, but it’s looking promising.
If the Oilers can take advantage of both the Stars and Kings damaged lineups and win three in a row, we could be looking pretty by the end of the week. Don’t screw this up for us!!! (I kid, no pressure boys)
Previous Injury Reports
- Get well soon, Tobi
- Week five: Flu season
- Week four: 22 Stitches and a face shield
- Week three: “The Answer” is losing his status
- Week two: Caggiulaless
- Week one: We back!