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Oilers' Brule still MIA

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:58 PM ET

EDMONTON - LOS ANGELES — The Edmonton Oilers have told Gilbert Brule to stay home for now.

The Oilers forward has yet to recover from the flu and will therefore miss Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings.

“He woke up not feeling well again this morning, so obviously he’s got the flu bug,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. “He’ll see the doctors there, so we’ll see how he’s doing when we get back.”

Having gone through a tough stretch last season battling the flu as a team, the Oilers want to keep close wraps on it this year.

Brule was one of the players who was also hit hard by it last season.

“We had some stuff going through, we’ve had some congestion, sore throats and lots of coughing,” said Renney. “We’ve had some stuff here, but not the flu like what Brule’s got that’s for sure.

“We’ll try to quarantine him and make sure we don’t get something on our hands that we can’t handle.”

Ch-Ch-Changes

The Oilers are contemplating a couple of lineup changes against the Kings.

Devan Dubnyk could get the start in goal in place of Nikolai Khabibulin and Steve MacIntyre might also draw in.

“I am thinking about Mac,” Renney said. “We’ll see how it goes. Ruling Mac out at this point in time is not right, I may play him.”

MacIntyre has suited up in just eight games for the Oilers this season, collecting 34 penalty minutes.

Dubnyk’s last start came in a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Dec. 12.

“I might go with Dubnyk,” Renney said. “I spoke to (Nikolai) Khabibulin about this (Tuesday) and we are looking at a ratio (between goaltenders) as we move forward.

“I don’t want to keep Devan out too long, he’s a good, young goalie. There are other young players that are getting an opportunity to play here and he’s no different.”

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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