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Dvorak's feeling strain again

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- If it wasn't for bad luck, Radek Dvorak wouldn't have any luck at all.

The Edmonton Oilers right winger, who has already missed 15 games this season with a strained groin, was left at home yesterday with a strained left hip-flexor and he won't play tonight against the Vancouver Canucks or on this road trip.

"These games are very important," Dvorak said.

"You don't want to be sitting, but it's not something I can control. It's disappointing to have to sit down."

Dvorak, 29, limited to 54 games this season, has been nursing the injury of late - he skipped Tuesday morning's skate - and aggravated it in the first period against the Canucks at Rexall Place.

"I've been feeling it on my left side for some time," said Dvorak, whose bad groin might have contributed to the latest injury.

"It didn't get worse, but I was feeling some kind of pain. Last night (Tuesday) on the first shift, I took a hit on my leg and I felt a strange pain in that spot. From that point it was getting worse and worse. It was tough for me to skate. I couldn't go 100%."

Without a goal in 12 games and with just 7-18-25 on the season, Dvorak will rehab the injury in Edmonton. The hope is he'll be ready to play during a four-game homestand that begins Tuesday.

"I'm going to stay home for a few days so I can be healthy for the last stretch of the season," he said. "I'll start skating some time at the end of the week and see how things are going."


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