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BLOG: Eberle on the mend

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers winger Jordan Eberle tweaked his knee if Tuesday’s game against Nashville. The injury forced the forward to sit out last night’s game against Buffalo.

Despite the injury, Eberle tried to push through it and get back in time to play the Sabres but rest turned out to be the best path.

“Our team’s been playing really well, we’ve been winning lots, it’s great to be a part of that, it’s fun,” Eberle said of why he tried hard to get back in time for Buffalo. “Nashville was a great game for myself and (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins). I felt good about myself and when you start feeling good about yourself, you want to keep playing and help the team win. I was really trying to get back for the last game and I tried in the morning and I just wasn’t ready. I think it was the best case. I felt really good today on the ice and I think the biggest thing is, with testing it out today, we’ll see how it is tonight and tomorrow morning and make a decision.”

Eberle skated the entire practice today and says he feels great but gave no official timetable on his return.

I’m not sure, I felt great today. I really felt strong. I tried to get my lungs underneath me and my legs and really tried to push it at the end there with some battles. It felt good today, we’ll see how it is tonight and tomorrow morning and we’ll make a decision.”

Head Coach Dallas Eakins says that out of all the banged up players on the roster, Eberle looks like he may be closest to his return.

“Again, we had to walk the fine line of killing guys on the ice today and a lot of guys needing some time to heal,” Eakins said. “It’s good news that he’s stayed throughout practice today. But we’ll just have to see how that reacts but I think he would be first back in the door right now out of the group and I’m hopeful that our half a dozen guys that are hurting are still able to go tomorrow.”

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