-- It has been a rough few weeks for the Edmonton Oilers
on the injury front, and the past few days have been a microcosm of it.
Second-year sensation Jordan Eberle
skated Tuesday and chatted with the media about his approaching return from a knee injury. Later that night, roommate and close friend Taylor Hall
lost an edge during warm-ups and ended up on the wrong end of a scary accident when teammate Corey Potter
caught Hall's forehead with his skate.
Eberle will rejoin the lineup Thursday for the Oilers -- the same day Hall met with the media for the first time since the incident and pictures of him proved a harrowing reminder of how lucky he was, all things considered.
Hall will be back soon for the Oilers, though, perhaps as early as Saturday. The third member of Edmonton's top line, rookie center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
, is also injured but could be back by the end of the month after his left shoulder heals.
"We were playing well, our line in particular," Eberle said. "We had a lot of chemistry. We lost [Hall] to injury at first (Hall missed seven games with a shoulder injury in early December) and he came back, but then it was [Nugent-Hopkins] and then me -- it was almost like we were dropping like flies."