| RETURN TO ACTION?
| The Oilers left Edmonton at 10am Friday morning and landed in Boston at 5pm local time. Notable additions to the traveling contingent were injured veterans Fernando Pisani and Steve Staios, as well as Mike Comrie and Lubomir Visnovsky, who recently missed a number of games due to the flu.
After arriving at the team hotel, Head Coach Pat Quinn said Pisani and Staios will likely participate in the morning skates but are questionable for Saturday's afternoon game (11am MDT) vs. the Bruins and Monday's game vs. the Islanders.
"We wanted to get certainly practice or ice time with the group, get them travelling again," Quinn explained. "Steve, he did pass the most recent test. He's been out three weeks and Fernando's been longer than that, so they need some scrimmage time. I'd be afraid to just throw them to the wolves without an actual scrimmage-type practice or two to have them acclimatize. It's almost the same as starting all over again."
However, Quinn added that in a pinch, the players could dress.
"It wouldn't be fair to throw these two in after such a long time out, but I guess if there were some emergencies, we'd consider it."
As for Comrie and Visnovsky, Quinn said they are being assessed day-to-day. "I don't think if we had to play tonight either one would be fine with it. We'll assess them again in the morning. Both came with the thought that there was a possibility for tomorrow, and we'll have to see that in the morning."
KID LINE KAPUT?
With Comrie's potential return to the line-up, the status of Edmonton's "Kid Line" -- featuring Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, and Robert Nilsson -- is in doubt. In Thursday's game vs. Detroit, the trio produced zero points, only four shots, and were on the ice for three of the Red Wings' five goals.
"The line ended up being a pretty heavy minus on the night so you wouldn't want to continue that," Quinn explained. "One thing Detroit does when they decide to do it, is they can check well, and that's what happened. The second half of the game they decided to check a little bit and it changed it for the guys like the kids on that line. Earlier on, they had a little bit of room. Although they didn't put any in the net, they still had some play.
"So against a more physical team, and a team that's going to fight you for space all the time, we have to really consider what our lines look like."
AFTERNOON DELIGHT NOT SO DELISH
The Oilers play their earliest game of the season Saturday vs. Boston, and Quinn isn't thrilled with the 1pm puck drop (11am Edmonton time).
"That dates back to the 60's that they've had their afternoon game, so they're used to that. We don't do it very often," the Coach said. "This is one of the examples of unfortunate scheduling I would say, where you play at home and have to travel, get a practice in, and have to play in the middle of the day. I don't think any team would feel good about that."
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Author: Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com