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Oilers' Pouliot sidelined indefinitely

Edmonton's first-line left wing injured shoulder Sunday

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondant

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot is sidelined indefinitely because of a shoulder injury.

Pouliot, 29, was injured in the third period of Edmonton's 3-1 win against the New York Islanders at Rexall Place on Sunday. He was on the Oilers' penalty kill and was knocked into the boards, sliding in with his right shoulder. 

"It's still a long-term shoulder injury, not day-to-day," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said Monday. "He has to see some doctors and have some tests, but he won't play for a little while for sure."

Pouliot has 14 goals and 36 points in 55 games. 

McLellan would not speculate on whether Pouliot would miss the remainder of the season. 

"I don't want to say that, because I don't want to take that away from him or the team," McLellan said. "So perhaps we can update this a little later on when we get more results." 

McLellan does not know who will take Pouliot's place on the Oilers' top line with center Connor McDavid and right wing Jordan Eberle.  

The Oilers (23-34-7) have 18 games remaining and are expected to miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 10th consecutive season. They begin a four-game road trip at the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SNW, MSG-B, NHL.TV). 

"We'll let the day play out," McLellan said. "When we're up in the air [to Buffalo] we'll get a sense of where we are with the team and we can put some structure to lines and [defensive] pairs and put it all together to play a game, [Tuesday]." 

The Oilers claimed forward Adam Cracknell from the Vancouver Canucks and defensemen Adam Pardy from the Winnipeg Jets off waivers Monday. Each is expected to be in the lineup against the Sabres. 

"We have spots for them [Cracknell and Pardy] and they'll join our team," McLellan said. "With everything going on, I haven't had a chance to personally talk to them. I'm guessing they're going to join our team in Buffalo and be ready to play."

Cracknell, 30, had five goals and five assists in 44 games for the Canucks. Pardy, 31, had one assist in 14 games with the Jets. 

"They're both veterans, they've both have played a while in the League," McLellan said. "I don't know if we want to call them journeymen, but they've been able to adapt to change with different teams. They're both effort-orientated players. Cracknell has gained a lot of respect in Vancouver and I know a lot of people in St. Louis really believed in him when he played there. Pardy moves pucks and can skate and we think both of them can come in and contribute, and we get a chance to look at two veteran players and evaluate with how they fit into our future."

Earlier in the day, the Oilers sent defenseman Jordan Oesterle and forward Jujhar Khaira to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League. 

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