EDMONTON, AB - On Monday, Connor McDavid was one of the first skaters on the ice at Oilers practice but also one of the first players to get off.
The Oilers Captain tumbled into the end boards against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, suffering a bruised left knee on the play - the same knee that required extensive rehabbing for his torn Posterior Cruciate Ligament all summer.
Both McDavid and Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett commented on the status of No. 97's knee following practice.
"He's got a bruise on his knee or above his knee," Tippett began. "We'll see where he is in the morning. I wouldn't rule him out (against the Chicago Blackhawks) but I'm not saying he's in, either."
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Tippett elaborated on McDavid's standing for Tuesday and how injuries of this sort are treated.
"It all depends on the injury," Tippett said. "Depends on the player. Depends on where the injury is. Ultimately, the player knows if he can play or not. It's the old saying, 'you can play hurt but you can't play injured.' Lots of guys play with bumps and bruises. But if you're injured, and there's a danger of hurting it worse or putting yourself in a vulnerable position where it's hurt, then he doesn't play."
McDavid fielded the media on Monday post-practice.
"It's just a little sore and swollen," he said. "I took an extra day here and will see how it feels tomorrow. It's kind of the Charley horse, the lower part of the quad, top of the knee part (of the leg)."
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The two-time Art Ross Trophy earner said explicitly he did not re-aggravate his PCL.
"It's a completely different part (of the leg)," McDavid said. "Nothing that was hurt before hurts now. That's good news."
The Orange & Blue host the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday then depart for a three-game road trip on Wednesday.
"We'll see how it feels tomorrow and worry about it tomorrow," said McDavid.