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There's a chance the Edmonton Oilers will play AHL callup Tom Gilbert for their game tonight. (Sun...

There's a chance the Edmonton Oilers will play AHL callup Tom Gilbert for their game tonight. (Sun Media File/Darryl Dyck)

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Defenceman Tom Gilbert was going to be called up before stepping on the ice with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday.

He didn't know it.

And a puck in the hand nearly cost the rookie defenceman a trip to Ottawa to join the Edmonton Oilers.

"My coaches told me after that they knew I was getting called up," Gilbert said. "As soon as I got hit, they were like 'hope he's not hurt.' Luckily it was just a bruise."

GOT THE CALL UP

Yesterday Gilbert and centre J.F. Jacques joined the Oilers in the nation's capital. There's a chance they'll both be in the lineup when the Oilers face the Ottawa Senators tonight (5:30 p.m.) at Scotiabank Place.

The day before the two had played with the Penguins in a 1-0 loss on the road to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

"I think it's another great opportunity for me to maybe show what I can do. I'm just glad that I'm back," Gilbert said. "I think the only thing different is that I'm a little bit more comfortable. I've been here before, I've experienced it for nearly two weeks, so now I know what it's like. I think that's the big difference about this trip."

In 45 games with the Penguins this season, Gilbert had four goals and 23 assists.

Earlier this season the native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was called up and played two games without collecting a point.

Jacques had been up for an extended period earlier this season and failed to record a point in 22 games.

On Friday he scored four goals with the Penguins in a 7-0 win over the Binghamton Senators.

"It's been a long time since I've scored that many goals in a game," Jacques said. "It was a kind of night where everything was going in. It was fun, because the guys were bugging me that I had five goals before that in 20-something games, and I got four in one night."

NICE PACE IN AHL

In 22 games Jacques has nine goals and 15 games for the Penguins. He'll replace Petr Nedved in the lineup. Nedved returned to Edmonton after spraining a knee in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"I wasn't expecting anything," Jacques said.

"I didn't even know Petr was injured. This is a really good opportunity for me right now. They have a lot of injuries. I feel really confident that I can really bring something to the team and that's what I'm going to be working on."


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