Ericsson complained of abdominal pain after the morning skate and was taken to the Detroit Medical Center for testing. He was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and underwent successful surgery. The 25-year-old was replaced in the lineup by Derek Meech, who has appeared in only one game this postseason.
I don't know the room very well yet. I don't know how we're going to react in certain situations. We've had a couple of minor tests throughout the [preseason] ... We'll get to know each other as the year goes on. We'll figure it out.
— Oilers coach Todd McLellan on starting the 2015-16 season without a captain
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