There haven’t been a lot of bright spots for the Edmonton Oilers on the blue line. Philip Larsen has been one of the only defensemen on the team worth writing home about, and he’s missed the last three contests because of a back injury. While he hasn’t been electric in his own zone, there’s no denying that Larsen had been a puck-moving boon for Edmonton through eight games this season.
It’s that aspect of his game that head coach Dallas Eakins misses most, and he spoke to Joanne Ireland of The Edmonton Journal about the defenseman:
He was playing extremely well. We miss him back there. It would be great to have another guy who can move the puck like that.
Ireland notes that Larsen’s back had been bothering him for a while, and it just got to the point where he needed to take a few nights off to get back to where he needed to be. He was back out on the ice for the Oilers yesterday for practice though, and didn’t experience any setbacks.
On D, Philip Larsen is back practicing today.
— Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) November 26, 2013
Edmonton is set to take on the Nashville Predators tomorrow, and Larsen would be a nice boost for a team that could use one following a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.