Found October 11, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
The road to recovery went through the Edmonton Oilers morning skate on Thursday. Although not ready to play against the Montreal Canadiens Denis Grebeshkov Corey Potter Sam Gagner and Jesse Joensuu were all on the ice for the optional on-ice workout. Of the four only Joensuu has played a regular-season game this year and he hopes to be back in the lineup Saturday when the Oilers travel to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. “I feel very good compared to a few days ago I like the progress” said Joensuu who tweaked his oblique area toward the end of the preseason. “I pulled something shooting a puck. I never had this before but I felt a tweak. I played the Winnipeg game and then I was fine then I hurt it again in a no-contact situation in practice before Vancouver.” Joensuu made a solid impact with the Oilers early on providing the big-body presence they were looking for. He scored a goal in the season opener against the Jets. “I’ll be really grateful if I can stay healthy” Joensu...

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Devan Dubnyk is getting a chance to totally redeem himself. The Edmonton Oilers goaltender will get the call against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday (7:30 p.m.) at Rexall Place. Dubnyk sat out Monday’s victory over the New Jersey Devils after struggling in his first two games of the season. “I think he just has to settle down a little bit” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins...
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