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Pisani knew it was bad

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

COLUMBUS -- It was a tough break for Fernando Pisani -- literally.

On Monday the Edmonton Oilers forward broke his ankle after crashing into the end boards during a race for the puck against Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Lidstrom.

He travelled with the team to Columbus yesterday and will be revaluated today in Edmonton. He's expected to be out for some time.

"It looked like a harmless play, but I went pretty awkward into the boards," Pisani said.

"Right away I knew something was wrong, I felt my ankle twist and I couldn't get up.

"My ankle felt like it was locked in a position and I couldn't move it or get up. I felt the pain right away, so I knew something was wrong."

SMID ON THE MEND

Ladislav Smid is getting closer to a return.

The Oilers forward has been out of the lineup since taking a forearm shiver on the back of the head from Raffi Torres in the team's first meeting of the season two weeks ago.

Smid suffered a concussion on the play and was placed on injured reserve.

Yesterday he skated hard during an optional morning skate.

He also ran into his former teammate about the play.

"He said that he didn't do it on purpose," Smid said. "He hits hard, but I think that was kind of a cheap shot. He was trying to get around me and he brought his arm up and hit me in the head."

Due to Pisani's injury, the Oilers won't need to make a roster move in order to put Smid back on the roster.


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