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by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

Jesse Joensuu met up with the team in Dallas after missing the past couple of games due to the flu. The practice on Monday was Joensuu's first with the team since coming down with the flu last Wednesday.

“It was a seasonal flu or something. I was sick for a couple of days. It started Wednesday when we had a game against St. Louis. Just the normal flu, I guess,” Joensuu remarked.

The Finnish winger added that he probably needed a few skates under his belt before he would feel ready to return to game action.

“This was the first skate and you could definitely feel like I had been off the ice for a couple of days,” he continued. “When you don’t skate for a couple days it feels like — a lot of the guys could probably tell you — it feels like you haven’t skated for half a year. It just takes one or two days.”

Coach Eakins added his thoughts on Joensuu, and also on Corey Potter who has been recovering from a groin injury and also skated on Monday.

“Jesse’s had the flu. Today’s been the first day he practiced so I’ll be hesitant to insert him. Potter’s been out for quite awhile. We think he still needs a little bit of work so we’ll basically stick with the same lineup.”

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