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The Oilers skated at the NY Islanders' practice facility Sunday afternoon, and while one player was notably absent, two rejoined the fold.
Shawn Horcoff did not join the team on the ice due to the flu. There is no word yet on whether he will play Monday vs. the Islanders.
While Horcoff was off the practice list, Mike Comrie and Lubomir Visnovsky were back in their gear after missing recent games due to illness. Injured defenceman Steve Staios also skated, proving he is one step closer to returning to the line-up.
"I feel much, much better," Visnovsky said after the practice. "This is my first practice with the team and it's not easy after the four days I didn't skate."
"I can't tell if I will play or not (tomorrow), but we will see after the morning skate"
According to Comrie, his recovery was complicated by an asthma diagnosis. "With this type of flu, it's been a struggle to catch my breath. It's been challenging because you want to get out there, you want to play, but at the same time if you're not going to help the team there isn't a point to be out there and playing."
With the constant changes to the line-up, Head Coach Pat Quinn said it's too early to say who will dress vs. the Islanders.
"We don't know if they'll be back playing yet, but at least they got a workout in. Steve's like (Fernando) Pisani was -- there's so much time off, you're almost half afraid to get them in without some practice days, but we'll just see how he is tomorrow. I'm not planning on him right now but hopefully Visnovsky and Comrie come back in," said Quinn.
It's November 1st and that means that thousands of men across the world are getting crafty with their facial hair by growing moustaches for Movember, a month-long fundraising challenge in support of prostate cancer research. This year, seven Oilers are getting in on the 'stache action.
Gilbert Brule, Taylor Chorney, Sam Gagner, J.F. Jacques, Patrick O'Sullivan, Ryan Stone, and Zack Stortini have all committed to growing moustaches this month.
"A couple of my buddies from back home did it last year. I got a few guys together this year and we're going to raise some money for prostate cancer hopefully," Gagner explained.
"By the time the month's up, I don't know how much of a moustache I'm going to have, but I'm going to try my best," Brule said.
While it may take a week or two for some moustaches to develop, Stortini is confident that his won't take too long. "I usually grow it pretty quick; it kinda comes natural," he added.
"I'm probably going to end up regretting it because I'm probably going to look like a fool, but I guess if everyone's doing it, why not," Taylor Chorney said.
50 years ago today, Jacques Plante debuted the hockey mask, and during yesterday's game in Boston, Nikolai Khabibulin put his to good use. The Oilers goalie stopped a slapshot from intimidating defenceman Zdeno Chara with his noggin, resulting in a noticable dent in the mask frame.
Here's a photo of the damage:
|Nikolai Khabibulin's dented mask after a collision with Zdeno Chara's slapshot. (Photo by Steve Taylor | edmontonoilers.com) |
Author: Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com