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Sykora moved to left wing

ROBIN BROWNLEE, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 11:16 AM ET

First, Petr Sykora lost linemate Ales Hemsky to a shoulder injury against the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday,

Now, Sykora is being moved from centre, where he's played the vast majority of the season for Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish, to left wing on a line with Jarret Stoll and rookie Marc-Antoine Pouliot.

Things change fast.

"We got probably three or four shifts," said Sykora, who found himself playing with Stoll and Pouliot late in a 7-3 spanking from Colorado Thursday. "I felt comfortable out there."

No matter how much MacTavish has mixed up his line combinations so far this season, you could always count on seeing the Czech Mates together -- Sykora at the pivot with Hemsky on right wing.

Tonight against Columbus, you'll see neither. While Sykora, who leads the Oilers in scoring with 12-13-25, has been outstanding in the middle, he's also played the wing in past seasons. It'll take an adjustment, but Sykora's up for it.

"It's a huge difference," Sykora said. "Playing wing, you don't skate as much at all. You can have extra jump to get on the forecheck.

"With Hemmer being out, I'm not really a guy who takes the puck and carries it through the neutral zone or beats a guy one-on-one. I'm more a guy to try to find seams and get open for a shot. I think that's a pretty good decision, to put me on the wing."

AROUND THE RINK ... Marc-Andre Bergeron, who has been battling pneumonia and sat out against Colorado, skated yesterday and could draw back in tonight ... Steve Staios was also back on the ice looking none the worse for wear after tweaking his sprained left knee early against the Avalanche . . . J.F. Jacques was recalled from the minors yesterday and will play on the fourth line. He'll go in for Patrick Thoresen or Brad Winchester.


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