EDMONTON Authentic Ryan Jensen Jersey , Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers likely will be up a defenseman and down a defenseman when they face the St. Louis Blues on Thursday at Rogers Place.
Veteran Andrej Sekera tore an anterior cruciate ligament last spring in Game 5 of the Oilers’ second-round playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks. That was seven months ago, and he hasn’t played since.
However, he went through a full practice Wednesday and is finally expected to be back in action Thursday.Article continues below ...
The Oilers will be getting back a veteran defenseman with over 600 games of NHL experience, but Sekera likely will come in as a straight swap for Oscar Klefbom, who was placed on injured reserve with what is being called a nagging injury.
Sekera was paired with defenseman Matt Benning in practice as the Oilers (15-17-2) prepared to play a Blues team that has absolutely owned Edmonton so far this season, winning the previous encounters 4-1 and 8-3.
“I feel as good as I need to feel to be playing at this level,” Sekera said. “I’ll just go out, play hard and try to help this team win a game. I am ready to roll. … I am excited Cheap Terrelle Pryor Sr. Jersey , not nervous.”
Sekera said he won’t try to do too much.
“I’ll just try to play a hard, simple game and try to make sure they like me on the ice when they play with me, not the other way.”
Klefbom’s absence, plus the fact the Oilers are seven points out of a playoff spot, means Edmonton can’t ease Sekera back into the lineup. Sekera won’t get a game or two at the minor league level, as is the practice with many players getting back into game shape after long-term injuries.
“We would have preferred to have some type of game to put him in and get the rust off,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said, “but we don’t have that. He’s got to play his first (NHL) game at some point. I think the players are excited. Adidas Corey Crawford Jersey , Cheap Chris Webber Jersey , Adidas Brent Burns Jersey , Howie Kendrick Jersey Womens ,