The Edmonton Oilers could get an offensive boost to their blue line when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow night. Justin Schultz is set to play his first game since October 29 after taking a regular shift at Edmonton’s practice this morning. According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, chances are “80/20″ that Schultz dresses for the Oilers tomorrow.
The young defenseman hasn’t played in Edmonton’s last eight contests because of a groin pull.
Larsen not on ice for oilers. Bad back. Justin Schultz is there though. Missed 2 wks sore groin
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) November 18, 2013
Schultz spoke to Matheson this morning about how he was injured and how tough it can be to bounce back from groin injuries:
I can’t say for sure I’m in but I felt good today. I went into the boards funny. Lower body injuries are tough because you can’t skate. This is a first time for me, any groin injury.
While the Oilers aren’t likely to see much improvement in their own end once he returns, there’s no denying that Schultz is one of the better youthful puck-moving defenders in the NHL these days. Edmonton’s power play has a different look and feel to it when he’s on the ice, and he could team up with the emerging Philip Larsen (once he’s healthy too) to form a dynamic look on the back end for Edmonton’s power play unit.