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BLOG: Hendricks & Reinhart closing in

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers could get a few players back from injury this week. Rob Klinkhammer and Justin Schultz were the lone Oilers held out of practice on Monday.

Matt Hendricks and Griffin Reinhart were among the recently injured to participate fully. Reinhart was paired with Eric Gryba, while Hendricks skated on the third line with Mark Letestu and Teddy Purcell.

“I don’t really have an exact date,” said Hendricks. “I think it’s coming along well so I would guess pretty soon. Today was the best day I’ve had so far. I think having a day off yesterday and being able to just rest it, no rehab on it, no putting it in the skate, no real grind on it at all, it’s come along well. Hopefully here the next game, tomorrow or the next game after that.”

Hendricks suffered a cut on his ankle from a blocked shot and has not played since October 17 in Calgary. Reinhart’s undisclosed injury has kept him out of the lineup since October 18. He has been activated off IR.

“I’m pretty anxious to get back out there,” said Reinhart. “It’s not fun when you have to watch, but I think you can learn a lot from being up there and you see how much time and space you have and there’s a lot of time and space you have. There’s a lot of different parts to the game that look different up there than they do on the ice. I learned from that, but I’m obviously pretty excited to get back in a game.”

If either of these players are available, it would signal the need for a roster move. Reinhart’s return would mean shuffling a blueline that includes a couple young players who are battling to stick in the lineup. Reinhart is one of them.

“If Griffin can play tomorrow, there’s some question marks with the other guys,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “We’ll see how they feel after practice today but we’re getting deep and we’ll have to make decisions there.”

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