MacIntyre's bad mood on the rise?

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

WASHINGTON -- The Edmonton Oilers look at the next two games on their schedule and see the Capitals and Wild.

Steve MacIntyre sees Donald Brashear and Derek Boogaard.

The veteran enforcers are two of the most dangerous players in the NHL, and two of the last guys a new kid on the heavyweight block wants to see -- especially a new kid just two games back from a fractured orbital bone.

Nobody said being a policeman was easy, and it doesn't get much tougher than the physical and mental challenges facing MacIntyre as he embarks on this three-game swing.

Brashear is healthy and playing every night.

Boogaard is currently being listed as day-to-day with the back problems that have been bothering him for years,.

Craig MacTavish hasn't decided if he'll even dress MacIntyre, or put in Jason Strudwick (if his sore wrist allows) for more reliability against the skilled Caps.

But MacIntyre, at some point, will fight again, and the first one back from an injury like his, regardless of who it's against, is going to be difficult.

The fact it could be against one of those two hombres makes it even spookier.

"I don't know," said MacIntyre, when asked if there's any baggage that comes with getting back on the horse.

"You can't worry about it because if you start worrying about it then you're going to be tentative. You have to go in there and take care of business.

"You can't be thinking about it because that's when you get hurt, that's when you don't see a punch coming."

MacIntyre definitely isn't the type to back down.

He did, after all, come back, lay out a Pittsburgh player with an open ice hit and challenge Eric Godard to a rematch just minutes after the orbital bone was broken.

"There's no question (Brashear) is one of the toughest guys in the league," said MacIntyre. "He's pretty good at what he does. He's been around a long time. I'm going to go out and play my game. If it happens, it happens."

He tried to get Cam Janssen to go on Sunday, but the St. Louis tough guy wanted no part of it.

"I was thinking about him a little too much, trying to get that first one out of the way," said MacIntyre.

"You want to get into it, but it's his call.

"You have to wait your turn; it's not automatic that they have to fight you. It's a little bit frustrating, but that's the way it is."


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