In hindsight, Ales Hemsky would not have played the first time out against the Montreal Canadiens.
Despite collecting three points in a 4-3 overtime victory, the game probably cost the Edmonton Oilers winger time on injury reserve.
“I shouldn’t have played,” said Hemsky. “If I hadn’t had played I probably wouldn’t have missed four weeks, I would have probably missed just one week.
“But who knows? It’s tough to say, looking back.”
Hemsky went into the game against the Canadiens in early December, having strained his groin a week earlier.
He had missed the three previous due to the injury and figured he was healthy heading into Montreal.
He scored a goal and added a pair of assists in the contest.
“I was sore after the game,” said Hemsky. “But it’s tough to say whether I had torn it before, or if I tore it that game. But If I didn’t play, we would have probably known more about it and I probably would have healed even faster.”
STAND PAT: It worked, so it’s unlikely Oilers head coach Tom Renney will make any changes to the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Canadiens.
The Oilers head into the contest off a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
“My tendency is to stand pat,” said Renney. “But that being said, I’ll sleep on it and make a decision in the morning as to what we want to do.”
With the exception of defenceman Ryan Whitney, the Oilers have a healthy lineup going into the game.
Gilbert Brule is ready to make a return if needed, having passed the required fitness test on Wednesday.
“We have to put the best team on the ice as we can, that’s the obligation we have to our fans,” said Renney. “He needs to play. He needs to find his sea legs again and get going and culminate this season, which has been tough for him, by going out and playing.”