Oilers defenceman Mark Fayne makes his return to New Jersey tonight for the first time since signing with the Oilers in the offseason. He talked about his return:
“It’s a little different coming back here, dressing in the away locker room. But, again, it’s good to be back and see some guys but it’s a business trip. You’ve got to have a mindset of no friends out there and get two points.”
Nelson wasn't concerned with Petry, saying he expected him to play tomorrow.
“It was just a maintenance day with Petey. We spoke about it last night. Guys that were maybe not feeling right should take a day to get better and that’s all that happened with Petey.”
The coach added that Pouliot was doubtful for a return to the lineup on Monday.
“It’s day-to-day. We’ll see how he is tomorrow morning. He did take the ice briefly yesterday morning just to check it out so we’ll have to wait and see tomorrow.”
The Oilers announced on Sunday that Taylor Hall has returned to Edmonton to undergo further assessment on his injured left ankle.
Following practice, Coach Todd Nelson explained the reason for sending Hall back.
“It wasn’t responded like we wanted it to. He’s going to get an MRI just to make sure that we know what we’re dealing with. Then we’ll go through the process after that,” Nelson stated.
Practice day in Newark. Hall back to EDM for further tests on injured left ankle. Petry not on ice. pic.twitter.com/qYCQmGyzTh— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) February 8, 2015
Taylor Hall, Benoit Pouliot and Jeff Petry are not skating. Forward lines are the same as last game:
No Hall or Pouliot at morning skate in Toronto. Looks like Teddy Purcell will play on the left side on the top line with RNH & Eberle.— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) February 7, 2015
- IN FOCUS | Road Ready
- PRACTICE RAW | Mark Fayne
- PRACTICE RAW | Rob Klinkhammer
- PRACTICE RAW | Todd Nelson
Todd Nelson was asked after practice about the team's continued improvement on the ice. After winning just seven of their first 36 games, the club is 7-7-2 in their last 16.
“It’s getting better. Every day we go out to practice we stress tempo, execution and compete," Nelson began. "Today’s practice was a good day for us. We had all those elements and the guys worked hard. All we can do is just keep working at it.
“Every day we go out there’s been signs of improvement.”
“It’s day-to-day with both guys," said Nelson. "Benoit is probably going to recover a bit quicker than Taylor. They’re both on the trip and I think the first step is get them out for practice and see how they feel.”
Defenceman Martin Marincin was recalled on Thursday and joined the team today in Toronto. Oilers interim head coach wasn't tipping his hand in terms of what his lineup might look like on Saturday but he did say it was likely Marincin will play.
“It’s a strong possibility," he said. "We brought him up here for a reason. We haven’t made a decision on the lineup yet. I wanted to see how he was in practice — I thought he was fine. It gives us options on this trip.”