Boyd Gordon played just nine shifts in Columbus on November 29. He has not played in a game since that night, sitting out due to injury. Head Coach Dallas Eakins told the media Gordon was ailing from a number of injuries, but today he narrowed it down to his shoulder.
"Honestly, it was just the shoulder," said Gordon. "If I didn't hurt my shoulder, I wouldn't have missed any time. It kind of came slow. You get to a point where it gets better and you kind of peak a little bit. I'm definitely close, I'm not there yet, but we'll see how it goes the next few days, skating here."
There is no timeline for his return to game action, but he has begun skating the team with a non-contact jersey.
"It's just a little bit sore but that's a pretty common shoulder injury. Like I said, it's getting better. We'll see how it goes the next few days."
The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Here are the line combinations:
Boyd Gordon is also on the ice, skating in a non-contact jersey.
#Oilers lines by jersey colour today: 4-89-64, 57-93-14, 6-26-83, 94-20-51-28 all in white. Boyd Gordon in non-contact yellow— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) December 9, 2013
Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall has been named the NHL’s Second Star for the period ending December 8, 2013. Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo have also been named one of the NHL's Three Stars.
SECOND STAR -- TAYLOR HALL, EDMONTON OILERS
Hall notched six points (4-2--6) in three games as the Oilers (10-18-3) earned three of a possible six points. Hall recorded one assist in a 6-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes Dec. 3 before tallying his fourth career hat trick plus an assist in an 8-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Dec. 5. Hall closed the week by scoring the game-tying goal with 10.1 seconds remaining in regulation time in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames Dec. 7. The first overall selection in the 2010 NHL Draft has recorded 25 points (11-14--25) in 24 games this season.
FIRST STAR -- JEFF SKINNER, CAROLINA HURRICANES
Skinner tallied six points last week, including a League-leading five goals, as the Hurricanes (13-12-5) recorded three victories and climbed to third place in the Metropolitan Division. Skinner recorded two goals, including the game-winner, and one assist in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Dec. 3 and notched his first career NHL hat trick in a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators Dec. 5. The 21-year old Markham, Ontario native is in his fourth NHL season, all with Carolina. He has recorded 17 points (9-8--17) in 19 games this season.
THIRD STAR -- ROBERTO LUONGO, G, VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Luongo posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.30 goals-against average and .960 save percentage to help the Canucks (17-10-5) move into fourth place in the Pacific Division. Luongo made 30 stops in a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators Dec. 3, posted 37 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes Dec. 6 and concluded the week with 28 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Dec. 8. The 34-year-old Montreal native improved to 14-8-5 on the season with a 2.28 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. He holds the Canucks' franchise record for career wins (247) and ranks 16th on the NHL's all-time list (362).
The Oilers have assigned forward Tyler Pitlick to the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons.
The Oilers didn't have a traditional practice today as part of the team participated in fitness testing, part of rookie Head Coach Dallas Eakins' devotion to his team's conditioning.
The coach says he hasn't seen the results of the testing but, just from observing, the team appeared to be working hard.
"I haven't seen the results," said Eakins. "It looked like they were working hard but looks aren't the important things, it's the time. We had tested about half the team a week ago, on a day, and we had the other half today."
Ilya Bryzgalov skated this morning, taking some shots, as he works to return to game action since leaving the game against Dallas on December 1.
Bryzgalov has remained out of the lineup due to 'concussion and whiplash-like symptoms', but he says he is feeling much better, but couldn't clarify if it was a concussion or not.
"It's much better," the goaltender said. "I don't know exactly what the term is but, like I said before, I feel much better."
Bryzgalov described his symptoms for the media following practice today.
"It was headaches most of the time and there was trouble with sleeping and right now, that's pretty much it."
Both Head Coach Dallas Eakins and Bryzgalov could not provide a timeline for his return.
"Whenever the medical staff says he's ready to go," said Eakins. "You've got to watch those head, neck, or whatever you want to call it, injuries. You don't want to fool around with them. When you start getting closer and it's your knee, it's easier to say, ' four more days'. When it's anything above the shoulders, it's open-ended."
When asked if he has ever experienced upper body injuries in his career before, Bryzgalov said yes with the most recent one being in 2010.
Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov talked to the media this morning after skating briefly. The goalie is working his way back from 'concussion and whiplash-like symptoms'.
Bryzgalov told a story of when he was a young child, pertaining to a past concussion experience.
"I had a concussion when I was 12 and was hit by a motorcycle," he said. "That was really bad. I was in the hospital. It knocked me down for like, two weeks. (This time is) not as bad as I've had before."
20-year-old sophomore winger Nail Yakupov is in a bit of a scoring rut. He has not registered a point in his last six games. This after his streak of scoring a point in four straight and five of six, from November 10-21.
But before the decision was made to put those three together, Eakins did some research.
"You go through as a staff and as a coach and you do your homework on the players. I've watched a lot of Yak play last year. I've watched every one of the goals that he scored. I've watched where they've come from, I've watched who he was on the ice with and I continue to try to find him a spot for him to score, because I think that if he scores, it's going to help his whole game. That being said, what we're asking is for him to take a firm belief in the notion that saving a goal and keeping a goal out of our net has the same result on the scoreboard. That's the challenge. We continue on.
"I think Yak's got four power play goals and we're still looking for some chemistry with him… Taylor has the ability to not only wake up his line mates, but wake up the whole team. After going back and reviewing Yak's last bunch of games again, then I decided let's trying him with Hallsy and Sam and see if that ignites something."
Yakupov has four goals and five assists in 28 games this season.