The Edmonton Oilers are down another forward as Ryan Smyth is flying back to Edmonton to be re-evaluated by team doctors, according to Gene Principe via Twitter.
Taylor Hall will have company in Edm.Ryan Smyth is flying home.Smyth didn’t skate this morning and will be looked at by team’s medical staff
— Gene Principe (@GenePrincipe) October 21, 2013
Smyth has seen a resurgence to his game following a stint in the press box and has widely been credited for improving his play over the past few games, highlighted by a two-goal game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since that game, Smyth has been held pointless but as mentioned has drawn positive reviews for his fine performance.
The savvy veteran won’t play in Montreal, obviously, and at this time it’s not yet known how long he’ll be out. After trying to communicate with Gene on Twitter to find out what is ailing number 94, no response has us left wondering what it is that plagues Smyth.
Meanwhile, Jordan Eberle missed his second straight practice this morning and is listed as day-to-day. Like Smyth, it has not been disclosed as to what is bothering Eberle and his status for Tuesday’s game is unknown at this time. Given the notion to keep him out of practice today was deemed ‘precautionary’ the extent of the injury doesn’t sound serious and hopefully the flashy forward can play tomorrow night.
Eberle has gotten off to a great start this season, having scored 3 goals and 5 assists in the Oilers first 9 games. He’s also a team best plus-5 on the season.
The Oilers are already without Taylor Hall who is also back in Edmonton to have a MRI on his left knee after taking a questionable hit from Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.
This team’s character and depth will be tested if these three players miss any amount of time.
As the injury updates continue to come in we’ll keep providing you with them, right here at Oil on Whyte.