Hemsky out with the flu

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:14 PM ET

The puck hasn't even dropped yet and the Edmonton Oilers are already shorthanded.

Ales Hemsky is out with the flu, Sheldon Souray and Steve Staios are out with concussions and Shawn Horcoff is questionable with a swollen foot.

Not exactly the news head coach Pat Quinn was looking for as Edmonton gets set to take on the visiting Minnesota Wild tonight at Rexall Place.

"Hemsky was down last night with some fever, so they told him to stay away," said Quinn. "So he will not dress tonight."

Souray, who hasn't been right since Jarome Iginla tripped him into the end boards in the third game of the season against Calgary, isn't even close. He isn't even showing up at the rink yet, let alone skating or evaluating himself under game-like circumstances.

"Our staff says it's pretty much status quo," said Quinn. "No significant improvement. He's not even ready to begin any type of off-ice workouts, let alone on the ice yet."

Staios is in the same boat, unable yet to even practice with the team.

Horcoff, who took a shot off the laces against Chicago, thinks he'll be OK to go, once he can get his swollen foot to fit into a skate.

"I expect to play, it's just a matter of getting the pressure down," he said.

The Wild are also on the limp. They're missing Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Martin Havlat, Cal Clutterbuck and Petr Sykora.

With Hemsky out, Robert Nilsson will draw in for the Oilers.


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