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Oilers injury updates Sunday in Minnesota

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers skated at Xcel Energy Center Sunday morning and head coach Ralph Krueger gave a series of updates regarding injury status of a handful of players.

"Taylor's still feeling a strain in his leg that we want to err to the cautious side of this type of injury. We're seeing four days of rest versus forcing him in today," said Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger. "It's day-to-day where we expect him back really soon."

Krueger did remark that there has been improvement in Hall's status since Friday. He did not skate this morning.

"He's definitely better today than yesterday but with those types of injuries we've learned it's better to take those four days versus one. We're certain it will help him when coming back 100%. There's no need to force him into games with soft tissue injuries."

Good news for the Oilers on the injury front was that Corey Potter and Teemu Hartikainen returned to the ice as they try and recover from their respective injuries.

"With Potter and Hartikainen on the ice today those are positive signs. Corey's head injury is obviously not of the serious type. His injury is more like the Lennart Petrell one where he felt okay to skate today. We would not have him out there if he wasn't," said Krueger. "Corey Potter is nearing a possible return and that's important for us to have seven defencemen ready to go on this trip."

Hartikainen hadn't skated since injuring his shoulder in the game against Phoenix.

"With Hartikainen he was cleared to do things with his shoulder that he hasn't been able to do so we were very pleased to see those two bodies back on the ice here this morning."

Krueger added that the team isn't in any short-term need of placing any player on injured reserve.

"We have no need for that this moment. With Potter looking ready to come in as a potential backup we have no need to make any IR moves and Fistric is improving also. He could have a quick curve there. The bleeding is being moved a little from that area. He's feeling a little bit of movement this morning so we still see it as something that could evolve very quickly."

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