|Edmonton Oilers Colin Fraser during practice at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday, January 31 2011. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI Agency)
ST. LOUIS — J.F. Jacques and Colin Fraser are drawing back into the lineup as the Edmonton Oilers face the St. Louis Blues in the second of a two-game road trip on Thursday.
Both had taken pucks off the foot last week, which put them on the Oilers growing injured list.
“It was a bone bruise,” said Jacques. “So it’s basically the same thing that everybody else has been getting in the last two or three weeks.
“It happened in the second period in Pittsburgh. It was a slap-pass from Vandy (Jim Vandermeer). It was not the typical way to get injured, but unfortunately something these things happen.”
The Oilers had been hit with a rash of foot injuries lately, as the keep getting in the way of shots.
Shawn Horcoff is still out of the lineup since being drilled by Magnus Paajarvi nearly two weeks ago.
Jordan Eberle also took a puck off the foot on Tuesday in Nashville, but despite hobbling off the ice, is still able to play on Thursday.
“I’ve never seen everybody hurt at the same time like this,” Fraser said. “Guys get hurt throughout the year, but this time it seems like there are hurt at once. I think it’s a little but unlucky, and it probably sums up how this year has gone.”
The Oilers head into the contest looking to snap a seven-game losing skid. They were able to pull out a 2-1 the last time they were in St. Louis, but dropped a 5-0 decision to the Blues at Rexall Place in February.
“When they’re healthy, I really like this team, I like the way St. Louis play,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. “They’re probably healthier than we are, but that being said, we are in similar circumstances are similar, so it’ll be a matter of will and how willing we are to go out and play for pride and play a strong game.”