The Oilers kicked off their 8 game home stand with a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night.
It was also the first game in an Oilers sweater for centreman David Desharnais who skated on a line between Anton Slepyshev and Zack Kassian.
Kassian says his new line mate should help the Oilers in their run-up to the playoffs.
“Yeah, he’s obviously not the tallest guy, but very shifty, makes a lot of play and it’s something, if he can continue to do that, will help our team.”
The 5′ 7″, 171 lb Desharnais was acquired in a trade with Montreal which put defenseman Brandon Davidson in a Habs jersey.
Zack Kassian scored the goal which ended up giving Desharnais his first point as an Oiler.
He says it was an energetic game.
“As a team we really wanted to really bear down. The first game back from a long road trip seem to be the toughest ones. Fairly, we did a good job, but all in all I thought our line as a whole did well, we just need to continue that.”
Head Coach Todd McLellan says there is a reason that Oskar Klefbom wasn’t on the practice sheet Sunday.
“He didn’t feel good after the game last night, so there’s no sense skating today. Got a quick work out on the ice, or just to clean the legs out and review some coverage stuff, then let them go and we’ll take practice up again tomorrow.”
As for Kris Russell who was missing from the lineup against the Wings with a lower body injury, “it’s not overly serious but it’s something that we’ve got to monitor and make sure it’s not getting worse.”
Russell was on the practice ice Sunday.
The Oilers continue their home stand hosting the New York Islanders on Tuesday. The puck drops at 7:00 from Rogers Place with all the action heard on 630 CHED starting with the pregame show at 5:30.