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BLOG: Update on status of Hall and Gagner

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner didn't skate on Monday, but after practice Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said that he expected both to be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Stars.

“We think both guys will play tomorrow. Just a maintenance day on a couple of bangs that they got. Gagner blocked that shot late and so his foot was pretty sore. Taylor should be fine for tomorrow,” Eakins remarked.

The head coach was asked if he was going to make any changes to the top line, which has been Hall on left, Nugent-Hopkins down the middle and Gagner at right for the past two games. He said he would not.

“I’m going to go right back to that same line. I thought they were developing a little bit of chemistry.”

Eakins did some line shuffling Sunday in Chicago but that was more because Gagner was playing so well and less because he thought the top line wasn't clicking.

“I thought Sam was making some plays and I thought he looked more comfortable. I actually took him off that line during the game a little bit last night because I was trying to jump start some other guys. I thought Sam was playing fairly well.”

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