Horcoff expected to be ready for Habs

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

The Edmonton Oilers took the day off yesterday but will be back on the ice today, getting ready for tomorrow's encounter with the Montreal Canadiens.

With 29 games left in the regular season, the Oilers are on the outside looking in at a playoff spot, currently sitting ninth in the Western Conference standings.

There are 11 teams within nine points of each other, all essentially battling for the last four post-season berths.

After hosting the Habs at Rexall, the Oilers will head out on a four-game road trip, starting in Los Angeles on Saturday.

It is expected that Shawn Horcoff will be back in the Edmonton lineup tomorrow. He was crosschecked in the thigh during the Oilers' 2-1 shootout win in St. Louis and sat out the last two games of the trip with a charley horse.

Head coach Craig MacTavish said Horcoff wanted to dress for the Oilers 3-2 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, but the team decided against it as it wasn't worth the risk.

In 51 games this season, Horcoff has 11 goals and 22 assists.

Last year the native of Trail, B.C., had 21 goals and 29 assists in 53 games before shoulder surgery brought his season to a premature end.

Defenceman Theo Peckham did not return to Edmonton with the rest of the team. He was reassigned to the Oilers AHL affiliate in Springfield, where he leads all blue- liners in scoring with six goals and 13 assists in 43 games.

Peckham's assignment frees up a spot on the Oilers roster, allowing them to recall Ryan Potulny from the Falcons if needed.

Potulny, who had been with the Oilers prior to their three-game road trip, had to be returned to Springfield when the Oilers activated forward J.F. Jacques and sent him down to the minors on a two-week conditioning stint.

Despite being in Springfield, Jacques still takes up a roster spot in Edmonton because he's down on conditioning assignment.

Jacques had been recovering from back surgery in Edmonton.


Videos

Photos