Smid 'sore' but skating again

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

Ladislav Smid was back on the ice yesterday testing out his twisted knee and sore ankle.

The Edmonton Oilers defenceman has not been in the lineup since getting into a practice collision with Ethan Moreau on Feb. 21.

He hopes to be back in the lineup tomorrow when the Oilers travel to face the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"It was my first practice in two weeks," Smid said.

"I'm a little bit sore and a little bit tired. I rode the bike twice before this, so I'm a little bit out of shape, but I'm hoping to make that up."

Smid twisted his knee and injured his ankle in the collision with Moreau prior to the Oilers game in Dallas two weeks ago.

He returned to Edmonton in crutches not being able to put any weight on his right leg.

"The ankle is pretty good right now, it's in the skate so I can't really feel it," Smid said. "It's just the knee. When I'm turning I can still feel it."

Regardless, Smid is going with the Oilers on their two-game road trip hoping to get back in the lineup.

In 51 games this year with the Oilers Smid has four assists.

"You never know, if the pain goes away, I'm going to be back as soon as possible," he said.

"Skating right now is fine, it just hurts when I turn.

"It's been really tough to be out of the lineup, considering I got hurt in practice. But these things happen.

"I'm not the first and I won't be the last guy to get hurt that way. I've just been working hard on my treatment and there's been a big improvement in the last four or five games, so I'm really happy to be coming back."


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