Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot did not skate yesterday, but was on the ice today for practice. Head Coach Dallas Eakins said he was dealing with a hip flexor injury on Tuesday. Pouliot says it was feeling much better today.
“I’m feeling good,” Pouliot said. “It’s been a long week, I haven’t really skated that much as I’m trying to stay off of it and trying to heal whatever is going on. But I felt great this morning and hopefully tomorrow I will feel the same way.”
Pouliot says he does not know the exact origin of the injury, he’s just trying to make sure it doesn’t affect him much longer.
“Just a bad hip. I guess it happened when skating or maybe I got hit, I have no clue. One day it was really sore and I just tried to get it better so it doesn’t keep going for a few games or a few days.”
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Benoit Pouliot did not skate yesterday (hip flexor) but is on the ice today.
Benoit Pouliot (hip flexor) is on the ice this morning #Oilers— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) October 8, 2014
“I hope they both play well enough that they both play 41 games,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “I hope they both play so well that we just are able to split it. I hope that happens. Will it? I don’t know. Unless something happens and somebody falls off, which could happen, or somebody springs ahead then we will deal with it then. Knowing the two guys and how competitive they are and how supportive they are of each other, I think you’re going to see a real even match and I’m hopeful that they can both do the job.”
Scrivens played 21 games for the Oilers last season, posting a 3.01 GAA and .916 save percentage. Fasth played seven games, recording a 2.73 GAA and .914 save percentage.
"Andrew (Ference) is second-to-none in the League with his leadership," Eakins said about his captain. "I believe Taylor and Ebs have earned full-time spots."
Last season, Matt Hendricks and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both wore the A at times. Eakins said he had conversations with both players and expects significant leadership from them despite not wearing a letter.
Eakins said that Pouliot did not skate today due to a hip flexor but that he's probably for Thursday. Nikitin did skate but his status for Thursday remains up in the air. He has been out with an ankle injury.
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Read more in the Oilers Press Release.
The Oilers are practicing the power play, with the same units as Sunday with the exception of Will Acton in place of Benoit Pouliot on the first power play unit in front of the net. Skating with Acton is Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Eberle and Schultz.
Brad Hunt remains with Draisaitl, Yak, Purcell and Perron on 2nd unit PP. Nikitin not with this unit— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) October 7, 2014
The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place today. On defence, Nikita Nikitin is back skating with the team and taking a regular rotation:
Oilers D pairings this morning: Hunt-J Schultz, Ference-Petry, Nikitin-Fayne, Klefbom-Nurse— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) October 7, 2014
The forward units are coloured for power play and Benoit Pouliot is currently not on the ice. Check back for further updates.
Will Acton is in Benoit Pouliot's spot as net presence on 1st unit PP— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) October 7, 2014