On further review

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

ST. PAUL -- Joffrey Lupul didn't see the initial hit.

But upon further review - Lupul questions Niklas Kronwall's intentions.

"It's a tough play. I thought it was on the border of being a late hit," Lupul said. "I don't want to be a guy that complains, but it was one of those hits where he had me either way - he didn't have to hit me in the face. He could have hit me in the shoulder without jumping.

"I thought it was borderline, but that's hockey. Stuff like that happens all the time. But I'm not going to complain about it."

Kronwall hit Lupul in the first period of Friday's 4-3 shootout win after the Oilers winger made a pass at his own blue line. The Wings defenceman left his feet and hit Lupul in the head. Lupul broke his nose on the play and suffered a concussion.

The Oilers immediately went after Kronwall in defence of their teammate, but he was hard to get at considering the native of Stockholm, Sweden, wears a full cage to protect a facial injury of his own.

Despite travelling with the team to St. Paul, Lupul won't be in the lineup today when the Oilers face the Minnesota Wild (noon) at the Xcel Energy Centre.

"I was really happy with how I felt this morning when I woke up," Lupul said. "I was in some pain last night, but woke up (Saturday) morning and felt really good. That's encouraging. I feel good today. Hopefully I'll feel good for the rest of the day and we'll go from there."

Lupul rode the bike for a half-hour yesterday while the rest of the team took part in an optional skate.

He's the fourth Oiler to suffer a concussion in the last two months.

Jarret Stoll is still out from the effects of his concussion. Fernando Pisani returned from his Friday, and Tom Gilbert was back with the club yesterday after suffering one on Thursday.

"I think it's all just coincidence and just bad luck more than anything," Lupul said. "I think it's bad luck that it all came at one time, and we've been pretty fortunate - with the exception of Stoll - that we all feel pretty good."

Kronwall received an interference penalty for the hit on Lupul but was not suspended by the league.

"People have long memories at this level and it's not something we'll quickly forget," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "He's got a history of that. When you blindside guys like that viciously, that says something and we'll remember it."


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