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Mike Smith Suffers Injury Setback For Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers received bad news as goaltender Mike Smith suffered an injury setback in practice and was returned to Edmonton.

Goaltender Mike Smith is not ready to return to the team from a lower-body injury. In fact, the news on Thursday is worse than originally thought. He has returned to Edmonton and will not stick with the Edmonton Oilers on their current road trip. According to head coach Dave Tippett, “Mike Smith had a setback in practice. He’s gone back to Edmonton for further evaluation.”

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When asked about whether or not this is a major concern for the team, Tippett added, “It is a concern for sure. It looks like he takes some steps ahead, but then he takes another step back. They will do more imaging of it today (back in Edmonton).”

Mike Smith Edmonton Oilers
Mike Smith Edmonton Oilers

This is certainly not good news for the Oilers who were hoping to get Smith back on this road trip. Mikko Koskinen has played well and Stuart Skinner had a decent first outing for the Oilers in a loss to the Detroit Red Wings, but Smith was pegged as the starter this season and had been playing tremendous hockey until he went down with a mysterious injury.

Depending on how long Smith is expected to miss, expect chatter to surround the Oilers in respect to them potentially going out and finding a goalie on the trade market. Should either Koskinen or Skinner struggle, that chatter will get much louder as the Oilers don’t want to risk their own setback from a fantastic 9-2 start to open the season.

Smith signed a two-year extension this offseason. Koskinen will get the start for the Oilers on Thursday night versus the Boston Bruins. Zack Kassian is also listed as day-to-day and will not play Thursday night.

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