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Oilers lineup takes a hit

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers are down two defenceman, forcing the club to call for reinforcements.

On Thursday, the Oilers recalled defenceman Taylor Chorney from the Springfield Falcons. He’s expected to be in the lineup Friday when they host the Dallas Stars.

“Steve Staios is still day to day,” said Oilers head coach Pat Quinn. “He’s still got some symptoms that are beyond the sickness (flu). It has to do with that slight little whack that he took on the head. He still has a problem there.

“(Ladislav) Smid is also out after getting hit. That’s again day-to-day, there is no way of predicting how that will be.”

Smid was injured in Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks after getting hammered by Mason Raymond going for a loose puck.

Chorney, 22, has four goals and five assists in 21 games with the Falcons this season. He’s has also played 13 game with the Oilers this year, collecting an assist.

“The first recommendation from our people in Springfield was to bring up Chorney,” Quinn said. “He’s a guy that looks to have some skill and has been a developing player and continues to develop.”

Stone out indefinitely

Oilers forward Ryan Stone is being placed on the long term injury list.

Stone, who had knee surgery earlier this year, had to go back on the disabled list last week.

“That was a pain threshold thing and his effectiveness has fallen off trying to play with the pain that he’s experienced post-surgery,” said Quinn. “It’s been recommended that we yield some time to him.”

In 27 games this season, Stone has yet to score a goal and collected six assists.


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