There was a stint last season where it seemed the entire team was injured or broken. Mike Comrie had mono, Fernando Pisani’s colitis flared up, Ales Hemsky had problems with his shoulder…I couldn’t remember seeing so many players that were either sick or injured – that is, until now.
According to the Oilers website, nine starters will be out of the lineup. No big deal.
If this was a baseball game, that’d be an entire roster.
Fortunately for the Oilers, nine starters is only half your team. If that provided some comfort, please don’t let it. There’s a strong chance that Andrew Cogliano will be this team’s first line centre tonight. While that’ll be a great experience for Cogs, it could quickly turn into a science experiment if the team is not careful.
After Teemu Hartikainen received his call earlier in the week, Alexandre Giroux is back up along with Chris VandeVelde (welcome to the big show!) and Ryan O’Marra.
Tonight’s game preview will be available this afternoon, where hopefully I’ll have a better idea on who is going to be stuck where in the lineup versus the Coyotes.
Until then, enjoy your St. Pat’s.
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