The Edmonton Oilers were without their top defenceman at practice on Saturday. Oscar Klefbom was not on the ice after getting dinged up in Friday night’s game in Winnipeg. Oilers head coach Todd McLellan says he doesn’t expect the injury to be long term.
“It’s so minor,” says McLellan. “If we were in the playoffs I’m sure he would be out their practicing and ready to go. But we aren’t ready to put him out there in that situation. We want him completely healthy once the season starts.”
The Oilers worked on the penalty kill in practice on Saturday. The Oilers have allowed six power play goals over their last two games.
“I’m concerned,” explained McLellan when talking about the penalty kill. “I think it would be a crime if we just shoveled it under the carpet and ignored it. It’s part of the game that we have to get better.”
The Oilers are currently 2-2 in the preseason after Friday’s 5-1 loss to the Jets. The Oilers return to action Sunday night in Vernon, BC. (bu)