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Reasoner set to return?

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

NASHVILLE -- The Oilers are slowly returning to health and a couple of their walking wounded, centres Marty Reasoner and Michael Peca, might be healthy enough to face the Blue Jackets in Columbus tomorrow.

"The way we played the other night doesn't force me to do anything I don't want to do," said coach Craig MacTavish, who has been getting some good mileage from rookies Kyle Brodziak and Danny Syvret.

"I'm not going to force anybody in."

Reasoner, who suffered a badly swollen right hand when he blocked a shot in Detroit, is the likelier of the two. The key for him is having the swelling on the back of the hand subside enough that he can grip his stick.

"That's what I'm hoping for," Reasoner said of a Friday return. "I'm good when I'm gripping the stick with two hands, but it's a bit iffy if I've just got the right hand on it now."

Peca has missed the first four games of this trip with a mild concussion suffered against Columbus on a hit by Rick Nash Nov. 1 but skated again yesterday. He's donned a visor and will wear it upon his return. Right now, he's still being listed as day-to-day.

Cory Cross, who has a sprained MCL of the left knee, and Marc-Andre Bergeron, out since breaking the ring finger on his left hand in Detroit when hit by a shot, likely won't be ready tomorrow.

Igor Ulanov (broken toe) jetted back into Edmonton yesterday and won't play for the remainder of this trip. Ty Conklin is already home and being treated by the Oilers medical staff for the strained groin that's plagued him since training camp.


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