Dvorak may miss out again

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

Here today, groin tomorrow.

The Oilers thought Radek Dvorak was back for good when he joined them for the last stop on their three-game road trip Tuesday in New Jersey.

Turns out it might have been a one-day visit.

Dvorak re-injured the groin that kept him back in Edmonton for the first two games of the trip and is doubtful for tonight's home date with the Canadiens.

"I'd say he's really unlikely," said head coach Craig MacTavish.

"They're going to look at it again today, so I'd hate to speculate, but I'd say it's very unlikely."

The Oilers thought Dvorak had fully recovered from the original injury, sustained when he slid into the end boards in practice before the trip, but something tweaked.

"That's the disappointing thing," said MacTavish. "We wouldn't have flown him in if we didn't think it was 100%. But he was skating pretty hard for a couple of days in Edmonton and felt ready to play."

A combination of special teams and bad ice aggravated the injury.

"We had a few power plays in a row and he was sitting for five or six minutes so it might have tightened up a bit. He was pretty sore."


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