No rest for Ryan

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

Rest is overrated.

And so, apparently, are morning skates.

Ryan Potulny had neither yesterday and still popped two assists and was plus two against St. Louis in his debut with the Oilers.

BRILLIANT

Potulny, acquired from Philadelphia for Danny Syvret last summer, set up Edmonton's first goal with a brilliant stretch pass to Gilbert Brule in the second period and then assisted on Sam Gagner's game-winner at 6:31 of the third.

"I woke up at 5 a.m. eastern, went to the airport, flew to Minneapolis, from there to here, got in at 2:15 and came right to the rink," said the 24-year-old.

"It was a crazy day, but as a professional you just have to learn how to come out of it and be ready to play.

"Mentally, you just come in and try to convince yourself that you feel good and you're ready to play.

"You don't think about the negatives. Obviously, I was a little excited to be here and to be in the NHL again, so maybe I had a little adrenaline with me to help me out."

Potulny, who leads Springfield in scoring with 31 points in 36 games, looked right at home with Gagner and Erik Cole.

"He's been a big scorer everywhere he's played," said Gagner.

"It was fun playing with him, he brought a lot of energy and really helped the team."

NILSSON OUT

Robert Nilsson appeared to be OK after slamming hard into the end boards in the third period of Friday's game with San Jose, but he's not.

Nilsson took the morning skate Sunday and was pulled from the lineup with an undisclosed injury.

"He was OK Saturday," said head coach Craig MacTavish.

"(Trainer) Kenny Lowe gave him the test that you normally give guys in that situation to determine if they're going to be capable of playing.

"It looked like he was, then he kind of suffered a setback once he got in the flow of practice."


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