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To Stai or go?

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

Defenceman Steve Staios was back on the ice with the Edmonton Oilers for practice at Rexall Place yesterday.

Whether he's in the lineup against the Anaheim Ducks tonight will depend on how his sprained left knee reacts to the workout he gave it.

That's a call that won't be made until today.

"I think there might be a shot," Staios said when asked if he'll be ready to play tonight.

"The things you have to concentrate on are am I going to be able to help the team or am I going to make it worse?

"Those are the two things that have to check out before I go in to play."

Staios, 33, had his streak of 224 consecutive games played snapped against Chicago Friday after spraining the MCL and patella of his left knee in practice, but he looked mobile and ready to go yesterday.

"I made sure I pushed it a little bit in practice," said Staios, who'll rejoin partner Ladislav Smid if he's good to go.

"With these day-to-day things, the next morning will help us make the decision.

"Getting through practice was a good step for it and we've got to see how it is (today).

"My range and my strength is pretty good. There's some swelling and stuff I have to take care of to make sure I have mobility out there."

If Staios does suit up against the Ducks tonight, it'll be with the aid of a knee brace.

MARKKANEN OUT

The bruised right knee that kept backup stopper Jussi Markkanen out of Superskills Sunday will probably keep him out of uniform tonight.

With Markkanen hobbled after being hit by a shot in the pre-game warmup Friday, Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers has been summoned from Wilkes-Barre of the AHL as insurance behind Dwayne Roloson.


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