It’s a chance for Edmonton Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot to turn around what has been an incredibly frustrating season.
Sitting with just ten points in 51 games, Pouliot was injured in practice on February 12. He got tangled up with Drake Caggiula during a skating drill and crashed hard into the boards.
“Just a bad fall in practice,” Pouliot said. “It’s frustrating for sure. It’s something that could have been avoided.”
Pouliot will return to action when the Oilers host Pittsburgh on Friday night, with Caggiula coming out. He’s expected to play left wing on a line with David Desharnais and Zack Kassian. Pouliot and Desharnais spent a few games as linemates with the Montreal Canadiens in 09/10 and 10/11.
“He’s fun to play with. Smart guy. He can pass the puck like none other. It’s just matter of finding a spot for him to give it,” Pouliot said of Desharnais.
Head coach Todd McLellan also hopes Pouliot can help the Oilers struggling penalty kill, which has killed off just three of the Oilers last eight penalties.
Another expected change for Friday is Iiro Pakarinen replacing Jujhar Khaira on the Oilers fourth line. (jrw)