Horcoff's shoulder acting up

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

You know a team is having bad luck with injuries when they send a guy to the All-Star game and he gets hurt.

Shawn Horcoff, troubled by a bad shoulder all season, aggravated the injury in Atlanta Sunday, flaring it up worse than ever.

"We'll assess it game by game," said head coach Craig MacTavish, who never expected one of his guys to get hurt in the annual no-hitter.

"Given the intensity of thegame, not a lot of bad things happen out there from an injury perspective. But there was an incident in the All-Star game that tweaked it.."

Horcoff says he's been managing the discomfort in his shoulder all year, but felt pretty good going into the break.

"Then I got clipped from behind and caught myself with my hands and that's kind of what tweaked it," he said. "It's frustrating, but you can't really do anything about it. Hopefully these two days of rest will help calm things down."

He played against San Jose, but was limited to six faceoffs -- and he won all six.

SOURAY ON IR

Defenceman Sheldon Souray says he'll need a week or two before he tries his shoulder again. The Oilers placed him on injured reserve yesterday.

"It's a question of trying to manage some of the pain and get some of the strength back," said Souray, who has a torn labrum. "To step back for a week or so will help."

Surgery in the off-season seems inevitable. And if the Oilers fall out of the playoff hunt, they'll shut him down for the year.

"It's not fair to anyone to go through this again next year, that's for sure,"he said. "There's going to be a point in our season where we're either going to be in it or we're starting to tail off a little bit.

"But as long as we're in the hunt, I'm not giving up hope that I can make it through the season and get things done in the summer when I have time to recover."

Hemsky hurting, too

Ales Hemsky also missed practice yesterday. He's wearing down as the season goes on and he needs rest.

"He's getting worse," said head coach Craig MacTavish. "You have to weigh the pros and cons of missing practice but being a little healthier for the game.

"He's not a guy who needs a lot of practice. He was out for a week (after the knee injury), took the morning skate, played the game and was one of the best players on the ice."

QUOTE D'JOUR

"I don't view anybody in that room as ever having a difficult day. You wake up, the alarm goes off and you should realize very quickly how lucky you are (to be in the NHL)."

-- MacTavish, when asked about the pressure the Oilers are feeling.


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