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Pisani close to a return

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

DENVER -- Fernando Pisani is not on this current road trip with the Edmonton Oilers. However, it's possible he could be ready to go for the next one.

"We're fitness testing him (yesterday) and we'll see where he is compared to his last test," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "From there, we'll see where he is in terms of his conditioning on ice and the battling, which he has yet to be subjected to."

Pisani, 30, has been out all year battling ulcerative colitis, and at one point, looked as though his hockey career could be in jeopardy. However the local winger has made a fantastic recovery, regained all the weight he's lost and looks ready to get back in the lineup.

Whether he starts the season in Edmonton or in Springfield for a conditioning stint, however, hasn't been decided.

"I think that's something that I'll talk over with Fernie," MacTavish said. "We'll see where he's at and we'll analyze it over a number of different perspectives - not the least of it will be our urgency to get him back in the lineup."

TYLER, THE OILERS KILLER

Tyler Arnason doesn't score much for the Colorado Avalanche, but against the Edmonton Oilers he seems to score all the time.

Of his eight points this season, four have come against the Oilers. Arnason currently leads the Avs in career scoring against Edmonton with 22 points in 22 games.

"It's the turnover game, we don't get him playing enough in his own end," said MacTavish. "He's got a good stick, he's strong on his stick and he's stripped us a few times leaving our zone from behind.

"We have to get him to play in his own end and not turn so many pucks over," he added.


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