The Edmonton Oilers have not had a full, healthy lineup at any point this year and while injuries are a part of the game, this team is experiencing more than their share.
Lately it feels like every week it’s a different player who falls victim to the injury bug and is placed on the injured reserve, just as the Oilers get another player ready to return. But the show must go on and now the good news is that two players are close to returning from the injured shelf in netminder Ilya Bryzgalov and defenseman Jeff Petry.
Bob Stauffer tweets that Bryzgalov took to the ice earlier than the scheduled practice time this morning and was taking extra shots. Recovering from a concussion as a result of a collision with Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt, Bryzgalov has provided stellar goaltending during his brief stint in Edmonton.
There is no word yet on when Bryzgalov will be ready to resume to the Oilers lineup, but given he’s taking extra shots and taking part in full practice, his return can’t be far away.
As for defenseman Jeff Petry who also had his bell rung last week, he was also on the ice for the Oilers practice this morning. His return appears to be near given he was wearing a regular orange “D” jersey as Stauffer put it.
More on these injuries and more as the information becomes available.