Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot has been out of commission since the Oilers game in Toronto on November 30. He’s missed four games, but he is back on the ice with the team as Thursday was his first practice since the lower body injury occurred.
“Feeling pretty good,” said Pouliot. “Some days weren’t as good, but now the past two days have been very positive. That’s two days in a row I’ve been on the ice. I went on my own yesterday and I went today with the team and I felt very good. There’s still some stuff that I didn’t work on, on the ice, physical-wise, but I feel better.”
The injury happened when Pouliot was hit and fell awkwardly. He experienced some swelling and pain. Now he is cleared to practice and is working to get back some conditioning.
“You can do as much bike or things in the gym as much as you want, but once you get on the ice you feel way different than in the gym,” said Pouliot. “Conditioning wise, it’s not the same at all. You get hit out there, you stop and start and different stuff like that. I think I still need to work on that. I haven’t been on the ice as much… It’s a process. It’s a thing I need to work on. We go on the road, which is a pretty long road trip and I’ll have time to work on that for sure.”