The Oilers were without Nail Yakupov today at practice and Head Coach Dallas Eakins discussed his forward's absence during his media availability.
"He's got a banged up ankle or foot or something," said Eakins. "It was tender enough where he couldn't skate. We'll re-access it for tomorrow."
On the flip-side of things, the Oilers got back one of their injured players today. Defenceman Philip Larsen made his return to practice, his first skate with the team since suffering a back injury. Larsen has missed the last three games.
"It's a little weird to be on the ice again," said Larsen. "But I had a lot of fun. It was a nice feeling to get out there with the boys again and skate."
Whether or not he is close to game action is up to the coaching and medical staffs as they continue to evaluate Larsen's progress. But there is a chance he will travel with the team when they head to Nashville tomorrow morning.
"If he looks like he's getting close, and the assessment of him… they're probably looking at him right now," said Eakins. "For sure. He was playing extremely well. We miss him back there and it would be great to have another guy that can move the puck like that."