The Edmonton Oilers will get Taylor Hall back a little earlier than expected. He’s been out since October 22 with a knee injury, and was initially given a four-week timetable. It’s barely been two weeks, but according to NHL.com, Edmonton’s medical staff has cleared Hall to play tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Hall spoke to the site about how he was feeling heading into the contest:
When they told me I’d be out four weeks you always think you can get back a little sooner. You never know what is going to happen with that process but I had a feeling I’d be back sooner than that. You never know how you’re going to come back from an injury but I feel good enough to play, so it’s time to play.
The site is also reporting that Hall will be slotted onto a line with Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov.
In Hall, the Oilers obviously get one of their top forwards back. He’s also one of the team’s hardest workers in all three zones, which is where Edmonton has run into trouble this season. He had eight points in nine games prior to the injury, and will look to get back on track quickly against a Tampa Bay Lightning team that has quietly accumulated a 10-4 record thus far this season.
The Oilers are on the other side of the standings, and are in last place in the Western Conference heading into the matchup.