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If not for bad luck ...

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

Mathieu Roy should probably go out and buy himself a lottery ticket.

The Edmonton Oilers defenceman has had such a string of back luck this season, it's bound to change.

Yesterday Roy, 24, was back at practice with the rest of the Oilers, still recovering from a separated shoulder.

"I have some movement in it, but there's some strength still missing," Roy said. "Battling for the puck is still a problem and when a guy tries to go around me I can't hold him back.

"I need my shoulder to be healthy in order to be effective in my zone."

TATTOOED BY TOOTOO

Roy separated his shoulder after being run over by Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo back on Nov. 2.

The Oilers defenceman had just made a pass out of the corner when Tootoo came flying across the ice and plowed into him.

Roy was sent sprawling into the boards and separated his shoulder.

"It was a second-degree separation," he said. "At the beginning, we thought it was a first-degree because I was feeling better fast and my range of motion was good. But because of the lack of stability and everything we knew it was a second-degree separation."

Currently Roy is rehabbing the shoulder trying to get his strength back.

It's not certain when he'll be able to get back in the lineup.

"It's way better (yesterday) than it was on Saturday, that's for sure," he said. "On the penalty-kill (drills) I was battling a little bit and felt better, but it's not good enough to be in there in a game situation where there are points on the line and things like that."

RIPPED BY RYPIEN

This is the second time this season Roy has been injured. He was drilled from behind by Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien in the Oilers final exhibition game.

Roy had to be stretched off the ice following the play and was out with a concussion. He also took a puck in the face earlier in the pre-season.

Last season the native of Saint-Martin, Quebec, was an all-star with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs and was called up at the end of the year only to get injured.

"I think I've already missed enough games this season so I don't want to risk it by coming back too soon," he said. "But my luck has to change, I hope the (bad luck) goes somewhere else."


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