The Edmonton Oilers are getting healthier and by the end of the current four-game road trip, we could see a full Oilers lineup, providing no other player goes down to injury between now and then.
Recovering from back and neck pain and stiffness, Perron has missed the last four games. Head coach Dallas Eakins confirmed that Perron is close to playing tomorrow against the Flyers but will be a game-time decision. If he doesn’t go Saturday, his return can’t be far away.
So far this season Perron has 2 goals and 7 assists in 13 games and prior to his absence he was settling in to the effective role of agitator, something the Oilers haven’t had in recent years.
Jesse Joensuu is another forward who will be a game-time decision in Philadelphia as he attempts to come back from a nagging back injury that has sidelined him for the last 10 games.
The powerful forward looked impressive at the start of the year for Edmonton, providing a much needed physical presence up front by using his size to force the opponents to move the puck and creating room for his linemates.
On the blue line front, Anton Belov also skated with the Oilers today and he too will be a game-time decision. Eakins addressed the media and said that the team’s medical staff would check on the injured knee to ensure it’s deemed fit to play.
Meanwhile, Justin Schultz did skate today but it was prior to the main session. Still recovering from a rib and groin injury, Schultz won’t play tomorrow and his return is still not yet known. Sunday’s game in Chicago is also questionable.