In 1993, the move Groundhog Day came out; it stars actor Bill Murray. He is forced to relive Groundhog day over and over again until he gets it right. The Oilers have been reliving injury problems for many a season.
This season is no different as the bad news keeps coming. The season started with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recovering from shoulder surgery and then Sam Gagner gets whacked in the jaw by Zach Kassian and is out for up to two months.
The Oilers got a glimmer of hope when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins came back relatively early. Unfortunately that hope turned into a nightmare when Taylor Hall was hit awkwardly into the boards by Eric Gryba and suffered a knee injury and is out for an indefinite period of time. Bob Stauffer hinted today on Oilers Now that he could be out for 3 to 4 weeks.
Now that would seem enough bad news for one day but word has just been released that Ryan Smyth was sent back to Edmonton with an undisclosed injury. Previously it had been announced that he and Jordan Eberle were out day –to- day. Tyler Pitlick will play his first NHL game tomorrow against the Habs.
All teams play with injuries but the Oilers injury woes to key players has been an unwanted and constant companion over the last few years. No one will feel sorry for the Oilers and they will have to do their best to handle the adversity.
For Oiler fans they have been living the movie Groundhog Day for far too long. It is unknown when Groundhog Day will end for the hard-luck Edmonton Oilers but for Oiler fans that time can’t come too soon.