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Peca out, Brodziak gets call

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

DETROIT -- With Michael Peca out for at least the first two games of this road trip after suffering a mild concussion and broken dental work against the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday, the Edmonton Oilers yesterday called up Kyle Brodziak from Iowa of the AHL.

Peca, injured on a hit by Rick Nash in the first period of the Oilers 5-1 romp at Rexall Place, has been left behind in Edmonton. This isn't Peca's first concussion, so there's reason for some concern on that front, but it's too early to say how long he'll be out.

That opens the door for Brodziak, who joined the team yesterday afternoon for his second stint and will be in the lineup against the Detroit Red Wings tonight. The St. Paul native played his first three NHL games Oct. 15-20, going scoreless with a minus-1 rating.

"At this time, he's the most intelligent choice," coach Craig MacTavish said during team's flight to the Motor City yesterday. "He's a guy who can think the game very well.

"It's a significant blow for us to have Peca out, and hopefully he won't be out too long."

Expect MacTavish to move Marty Reasoner into Peca's spot between Ethan Moreau and Radek Dvorak tonight. Brodziak will take Reasoner's place at pivot between Todd Harvey and Georges Laraque.

"He (Brodziak) understands the game better than most young guys at this stage of his career," said MacTavish. "I'm confident in him in terms of there being less mistakes than any of the other choices we have at this time, like Marc-Antoine Pouliot or Yan Stastny."

Peca was scheduled to see Dr. Dave Magee of the Oilers medical staff yesterday afternoon. Head trainer Ken Lowe says Peca will be evaluated on a daily basis.


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