The Edmonton Oilers are reporting that star sophomore Taylor Hall will be out of the line-up for approximately 2-4 weeks, though some hockey news outlets are saying it’s closer to 7-10 days. Either way, the team will have to face the new few games without one of their better players. The Oilers up and down season continued last night with a tight 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators. It was their second loss in a row, after winning 3 of the previous 5 games. The Oilers beat the league leading Minnesota Wild 5-2 last Friday, but fell to the Colorado Avalanche by the same score the following night. It was in that game that Taylor Hall was injured. The original damage took place early in the game when he was crushed along the boards by Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson. Hall stayed in the game, but later on was lightly cross checked by Kyle Quincey, and was forced to leave. He had an MRI yesterday, and thankfully surgery will not be required. Hall had this to say regarding his injury:
“I thought I was going to be out a shorter period of time but two-to-four weeks isn’t that bad,” Hall said. “It’s not like I am missing a huge chunk of games where it would then take me three or four games to get back into the swing of things. I want to get back into the swing of things as quickly as possibly, obviously. I’ll just try to rehab it as quickly as I can.” – TSN.ca
Hall’s season was cut short after 65 games last year when he suffered an ankle injury during a fight. He was on pace to be considered for the Calder trophy before getting hurt. It’s tough for a young player to have significant injuries early in their career, but Hall is confident he’ll be back good as new.
“I felt like I was really starting to get my game together this season and it’s tough when it ends like this. But I will get it strong and return for what is hopefully a good run in the regular season and a push for the playoffs.” – TSN.ca
Edmonton will play the next 5 games at home, starting with the Wild again tomorrow night. As of now, the Oilers are in 11th place in the Western Conference with 26 points, just one point behind the San Jose Sharks for 7th place. With the way the teams are so closely ranked, it’s likely the Oilers will bounce in and out of a playoff spot as the season goes on. But the only thing that matters is where they’re standing come April.