Go on back about eight days ago when the Oilers lost three men on defence in a game in Minnesota. You remember, the one that lost Taylor Fedun in an awful leg injury (side note: he’s been released from the hospital to begin his road to recovery) plus Taylor Chorney and Ladislav Smid?
Remember how early reports suggested Smid would be out for a month?
There’s actually a chance he might play in tomorrow’s home opener.
Ladislav Smid has been ‘medically cleared’ to play against the Penguins tomorrow night. And that’s great news. If he’s ready, it’s one giant sandbag that will help plug the impending flood of Penguins.
I’d like to ask the club to be vigilant here on Smid’s behalf. If Smid is 100%, ready to go and block shots out there, then give him the green light.
If he’s anything less than 100% Ladislav Smid, then hold him up and let Corey Potter in on some minutes.
WAIT, YOU’VE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT THE DEFENCE FOR THREE MONTHS NOW
You’re absolutely correct. I’ve made it no secret that I’d like the club to sign Anton Stralman, Craig Rivet, Paul Mara, or pretty much anyone with 200+ NHL games experience that’s either on the waiver wire or is currently a UFA. The club hasn’t pursued those options (yet), so I’ll be damned if they plan on inserting a less than 100% healthy Ladislav Smid into the lineup, only to get injured six minutes after he’s been on the ice.
Smid was suggested to be out ‘a month or so’ after his shoulder injury from a check in Minnesota. According to the article linked near the top of the page, he’s listed as ‘questionable’ for tomorrow’s game. I’d love to see him play tomorrow, but eight days < one month. That’s like 25% of the expected recovery time. I hope if he’s anything less than 100%, he’s given the night off.
I’d like to see the club start the season off with a big win tomorrow night. It will help cap the long weekend, and it will likely put about a hundred thousand people in a good mood for the next few days. Just don’t rush Smid, or Whitney, or anyone else back into the lineup before they’re ready.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Devan Dubnyk is sporting a new mask this season. You can check it out by visiting the Oilers on Twitter, or clicking here for the pic.
One more day.
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