The Edmonton Oilers are again victims of the injury bug, although it’s hardly an excuse for their poor start. Contrary to that, it would be nice to see how effective a full and healthy roster would be on the ice, but for now Oilers’ fans will have to continue to wait it out until the walking wounded heal.
Taylor Hall is the biggest name that is sidelined with a knee injury that he suffered on October 19 against the Ottawa Senators. According to Ryan Dittrick via Twitter, Hall is skating with the club this morning but isn’t close to returning.
Hall is clearly not at full speed, but it’s great to see him out there.
— Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) November 1, 2013
The original prognosis on Hall was a four-week recovery and that appears to be the suspected timeline moving forward. The fact that he’s skating is promising but the knee can’t be 100% if he’s not skating at full speed as Dittrick mentions. Furthermore, Hall only briefly skated to help warm up the goalies but left before the main session started.
Ryan Smyth is close to returning to action however and is back to full practice with the club. At yesterday’s skate number 94 was filling in for Justin Schultz on the blue line but not to worry folks, he won’t be converted to a d-man.
Smyth spoke about his injury and states that the groin injury feels better and he’s getting close to being game ready. He still needs to be cleared by the team doctors before Dallas Eakins can insert into the lineup and Saturday’s game against Detroit is unlikely but not ruled out.
Finally, David Perron was not on the ice this morning as he continues to deal with back and neck pain. Perron missed the Oilers last game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with what was called an “illness.” Shortly there after it was learned that Perron was experiencing extreme pain in his back and neck and now he’s sidelined thanks to the injury.
It’s not yet known what caused the stiffness, but Eakins did mention that Perron was taking a beating in front of the net when he suited up last. His status for the game tomorrow is unknown although it’s highly doubtful he’ll suit up against the Red Wings.