Jussi Markkanen wanted to take part in the Superskills competition last night. But his knee had other ideas.
Markkanen was forced to step aside for Edmonton Oilers video coach Brian Ross after taking a shot off the knee in warm-up on Friday. "It caught me on the inside of the knee, just a bad spot," Markkanen said. "There's a little swelling right now and that's about it."
Despite the injury, Markkanen did suit up to back-up Dwayne Roloson in a 5-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Yesterday he tried to practice, but left the ice after a few minutes.
"MacT knew that he wasn't going to pull Roli, for whatever reason," Markkanen said.
"But for whatever reason, if he were to get hurt, I would have been able to jump in there.
"It wasn't that bad right away because it was still pretty warm and I tried to keep it warm on the bench. But it was pretty sore (Saturday) and it was again today."
Markkanen wasn't the only Oiler to sit out yesterday. Defenceman Steve Staios also sat out with a knee injury.
He'll have a better idea today whether he can play against the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow.