Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse is expected to make his return to the lineup tomorrow against the St. Louis Blues.
Nurse was suspended three games for an altercation with Sharks defenceman Roman Polak during a home game against San Jose on March 8.
“You never want to be in [this] position but at the same time you have to use your time wisely and learn from it,” said Nurse. “Learn from why you have to miss those games but at the same time, when you’re out you have to use it to your advantage and work hard.”
The incident occurred with less than two minutes to go in the third period. Nurse was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and major penalty for fighting.
Though he’s making the best out of a challenging situation, the blueliner said he still believes in ensuring the team has a strong presence on the ice. With new players that were added to the team at the NHL Trade Deadline, the Oilers have found a grittier style of play.
But in doing so, Nurse said he also recognizes that there is a limit to the level of aggression a player should exhibit.
“There’s been some changes to the roster,” he said. “Bigger, stronger guys so obviously we want to be a team that doesn’t get pushed around and play on the ice, but we can’t cross that line.”