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Oilers forwards Hall, Pouliot out against Penguins

by Staff

The Edmonton Oilers will be without forwards Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, interim coach Todd Nelson said, according to the team's verified Twitter account.

Hall and Pouliot will travel with the team on a six-game road trip that begins Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hall missed three games coming out of the All-Star break with a bone bruise before returning Monday against the San Jose Sharks. He didn't play in the third period or overtime and wasn't used in the 13-round shootout as the Oilers won 5-4.

"As the game went on it started to get worse," Nelson said of the injury, which Hall re-aggravated. "It was up to Taylor and the pain."

Pouliot, who missed five weeks earlier in the season with a broken foot, took a puck off his foot Monday and didn't return for the third period, overtime or the shootout.

The Oilers recalled forward Iiro Pakarinen from Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League and will use him in Hall's regular spot on the top line alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Pakarinen had one goal in five games with Edmonton during an earlier stint in November.

"He's been playing our system so it's a pretty easy transition for him," Nelson said.

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