Moreau's good to go

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Ethan Moreau had endured enough injury frustration in the last few seasons to last him two careers.

So it was unlikely the Edmonton Oilers captain was going to miss out on the season opener due to a little swelling of his ankle.

Yesterday, he assured the media he would be on the ice on opening night, despite his slight setback this week.

"I just had an infection in my ankle, so it was painful to put my skate on," Moreau said. "But (yesterday) it felt good, so everything is fine. I'll play for sure, I'll feel fine."

Last season Moreau played in all but five games for the Oilers, marking the first time since the 2005-06 season he played more than 70 games in a year.

INJURY HISTORY

He was limited to just seven games with a shoulder injury through the 2006-07 season and was only able to suit up for 25 games the following season with a leg injury.

This time around, he was able to get the swelling in his ankle under control quickly.

"I started a pretty aggressive dose of antibiotics," Moreau said. "The swelling went down a little bit and the infection is a little better. So hopefully by (this) morning, I'll be pain free."

While Moreau will be in the lineup, Marc Pouliot won't be, currently on the shelf with pubitis. He is expected to go on injury reserve, joining Fernando Pisani, who is out with a bad back.

"It's getting better, it's day-to-day," Pouliot said.

"Obviously, I want to play as soon as possible. I think in few days, I'll probably skate with the team. But it's getting better, I'm staying positive and hopefully I'll be ready next week."

UNABLE TO PRACTISE

Pouliot has been unable to practise with the team, but he has been skating on his own seeing how the injury reacts. Essentially it's a ligament pull in his pubic area, making it difficult for him to skate.

"Just when I do my stride and make quick starts, it hurts," Pouliot said.

"They said it's getting better. We'll see today if it hurts as bad as it's ever been. Everything you do affects it, you contract that area, so it's not like an ankle or elbow and you can work everything else.

"It was more of a gradual thing that came on. I'm disappointed I can't start the season, but hopefully, I'll be able to go next week."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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