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Belanger returning to Oilers lineup

Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 11:49 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Belanger returning to Oilers lineup

The Edmonton Oilers will get a welcome addition for Sunday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets as veteran forward Eric Belanger returns to the lineup.

Belanger suffered an injury to his foot Feb. 2 against Colorado and hasn't played since.

"It (foot) feels as good as it could a week later," Belanger said in a quote provided by the Oilers' official Twitter account. "I want to be back. It's a short season and we're battling."

The Oilers are tied for second in the Northwest Division after Saturday's 2-1 loss in Detroit.

"He's one of the better faceoff guys in the National Hockey League. That's a critical role for us," Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger said about what Belanger brings to the team.

Devan Dubnyk will start in goal after Nikolai Khabibulin made his season debut on Saturday. Dubnyk is expected to oppose Sergei Bobrovsky of the Blue Jackets.

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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff