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BLOG: Slepyshev, Klefbom likely to return

Coach McLellan gave an update on the status of Anton Slepyshev, Oscar Klefbom, Jujhar Khaira and Cam Talbot

by Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers did get some good news on Saturday as Anton Slepyshev skated on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Pat Maroon and looked ready to go tomorrow. 

"During practice (Slepyshev) looked quite healthy and had some jump in his stride," said McLellan, adding that the timing works well consider Jujhar Khaira is potentially out with a lower body injury. 

"We'll see how he is tomorrow but he's very doubtful," McLellan said about Khaira, who didn't skate.

Slepyshev said that he was happy to be getting back on the ice after missing seven games. 

"I feel good. I skated 10 days and that's helped my groin. Now I feel good and I'm ready to come back."

Video: PRE-GAME RAW | Anton Slepyshev

He added that he felt the groin injury came as a result of overcompensation for the ankle injury which kept him out of camp. He said he hopes to return to the form he had the two games prior to injury. 

"I had confidence after my last two games. I need to get back as soon as possible," he said. "I felt confident and I felt the coaches believe in me. That's what I need to get back as soon as possible."

Oscar Klefbom also returned after missing Friday's game due to illness. 

"Klef is feeling better today. He obviously skated and if he is healthy, he'll play," McLellan remarked. 

The Oilers bench boss added that Cam Talbot isn't quite 100% although the goaltender did practice and could have played Friday if called upon. 

"He's still not 100% today. Klef probably got better quicker than Talbs did. He could have come in and played, obviously, but it wasn't anything we wanted to do. We didn't think it would help him improve.

"If Cam feels good, he'll get the start tomorrow."

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