Thursday, March 3, 2011

Jackets vs Oil

After, winning by the skin-of-their-teeth vs the Predators 48 hours ago, Renney opted for an optional skate the morning after. All four rookies took to the ice as well as defenceman  Richard Petiot who was called up to replace injured tough guy, Theo Peckham.  

"He came in here and played real well for us, under trying circumstances of course, and against a team that needs both points, not just one,"said Renney. "That speaks volumes, I believe, for the work guys are doing in Oklahoma City and naturally on behalf of Richard himself."

Fast forward to today.

The Oilers will play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight for the forth and final meeting of the year.  In early February, the Oilers lost 4-3 in Ohio and will look to for two game winning streak before hitting the road on Friday.

It is still early to report as to who Renney will dress for tonight's game, but it is fair to say that Renney is waiting upon some good news to arrive before the start of morning skate.  Around the dressing room, the Oilers are sitting on pins and needles, for of Ales Hemsky's MRI results.  The forward left Tuesday's game favoring his right shoulder after being lambasted by Preds' Jonathon Blum.  Tom Renney spoke about his star veteran with confidence that the injury doesn't appear to be serious.

"It’s more precautionary than anything else,” said head coach Tom Renney . “It’s one of those things where you want to give the athlete peace of mind and also to educate and inform ourselves.”

More on the injury front is Khabibulin who is close to returning to the line-up.  The back-stopper had to sit out a couple games due to an eye injury.

In their last 10 games the Blue Jackets are 6-2-2 and are currently riding a 2 game losing skid.  Their latest lost was to Vancouver which saw the club earn a point in the shoot-out. The Jackets are now 5 points out of the play-off spot behind the Kings.  

Oilers Jackets 6pm Pacific Time.

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