Gagner's injury needs closer look

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

PHOENIX - The Edmonton Oilers have decided to take a closer look at Sam Gagner's knee.

The Edmonton Oilers forward is flying back to Edmonton today for further observation. He won't be in the line up tonight when the Oilers taken on the Phoenix Coyotes.

"I hurt my knee a couple of weeks ago and it's been bugging me and getting worse," Gagner said. "I'm going to back to Edmonton tonight, get it checked out tomorrow and if there is nothing structurally wrong, then maybe I can rejoin the team in Anaheim and maybe play there."

Gagner, who has 14 goals and 21 assists this season, left Saturday's game against the Colorado Avalanche after the second period with a sore knee.

"In Colorado, I tweaked it a couple of times," Gagner said. "It's been getting progressively more sore, so we decided it's best for me to go back and get this looked at."

In his absence Marc Pouliot will centre the top line. Robert Nilsson, who had been a healthy scratch for the previous three games will also draw back in as will Gilbert Brule.

Oilers head coach Pat Quinn has yet to decide what other forward will sit out tonight's game.

"My list is probably one of six," Quinn said. "I'm not done spinning the wheel yet."

Also making a return to the line up are defencemen Ladislav Smid and Steve Staios. The pair were both out with concussion issues.


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