EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers opened their home schedule this past week against the Boston Bruins. While the Oilers skated away with a 3-2 overtime victory, it didn't come without a cost.
After playing 2:27 of the hockey game, Matt Benning left the game with an upper-body injury after making a hit in the first period.
"I kind of got my bell rung when I hit (David) Backes in the Boston game," said the Oilers defenceman. "It was a few days of minor symptoms and now I feel back to normal.
"It was good to get out on the ice yesterday by myself and then today back with the team."
Video: INJURY UPDATE | Matt Benning 10.24.18
In four games, Benning has four shots and a minus-4 rating this season. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound defenceman logged a season-high 21:17 in the team's opening game against the New Jersey Devils.
Benning was placed on Injured Reserve on Friday.
"When you're off the ice for four or five days, you kind of lose your wind a little bit. For me, it's going to take a few days to get my wind back and those puck touches back."
The 2012 sixth-round pick says he feels ready to contribute as early as Saturday versus Nashville. He cannot be activated from the IR until Friday and will miss Thursday's tilt against the Washington Capitals as a result.
"He won't play Thursday for sure and I don't know where he'll be for the weekend," said Head Coach Todd McLellan following Wednesday's practice. "He was allowed to skate in a non-contact situation. He had a smile on his face, which is a good sign. He looked energized.
"All of those are positive steps for him."
Video: OILERS TODAY | Practice Notes 10.24.18