SUN Hockey Pool

Back to work on Boxing Day

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

CHICAGO -- The Edmonton Oilers are going to try and make the most of the little time they have. Following last night's contest with the Chicago Blackhawks the Oilers went on their two-day Christmas break.

They will have today and tomorrow off before returning to work on Boxing Day in preparation for their contest against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

While all the players were on the flight to Chicago, not all of them got on the flight home. Some went their separate ways from the Windy City heading home for the holidays.

"My parents drove down from London to Chicago," said Oilers rookie Sam Gagner. "So I'm going to head back with them for a couple of days."

FLU ON THROUGH: Patrick Thoresen was the latest to get hit with the flu bug.

The Oilers forward did not dress last night, having to return to the team hotel after coming down with the illness.

The Oilers were already without goaltender Dwayne Roloson who's missed the last two games with the flu. Due to his absence the Oilers recalled Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers from the Springfield Falcons to back up Mathieu Garon last night. Thoresen, meanwhile, had a goal in nine games since being called up from Springfield. Geoff Sanderson, who was a healthy scratch in Friday's 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils took Thoresen's place in the lineup.

SMID SITS: After sitting out Friday's game, Denis Grebeshkov drew back in last night on the Oilers blue line. Grebeshkov was paired with Dick Tarnstrom last night in place of Ladislav Smid who was a healthy scratch. Smid was victimized on a back-door play against the Devils and took three penalties in the contest which probably played a part in his relegation to the press box.

In 27 games this season Smid has two assists for the Oilers and is minus-seven. He started the year in Springfield after playing the entire 2006-2007 season in Edmonton.


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