Oilers' Foster day-to-day

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:58 PM ET

ST. LOUIS — Kurtis Foster rode the stationary bike on Thursday, but is still not certain when he’ll be able to get back in the lineup.

The Edmonton Oilers defenceman was knocked of out Tuesday’s game against the Nashville Predators, falling over awkwardly and slamming his head into the boards after getting pushed off the puck by David Legwand.

“I slept pretty well (Wednesday) night and woke up feeling OK,” said Foster. “I rode the bike a little bit in the morning and if everything feels alright, I’ll try to ride a little more a night.”

The incident occurred late in the Oilers 3-1 loss to the Predators as Foster was going back to play the puck in his own end.

Legwand caught Foster off balance and sent him flying into the boards.

“I remember Legwand giving me a push and slamming my head off the boards pretty good,” Foster said. “I sort of realized what was going on when (athletic therapist) T.D. (Forss) was beside me and telling me to open my eyes. He asked me if I knew where I was and I knew where I was and what the score was.

“Lucky enough I didn’t forget any of that stuff. But it was pretty scary and I wasn’t feeling very well that night.”

It’ll depend on Foster’s progress as when he’ll be able to suit up again. The Oilers host the Calgary Flames on Saturday and the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday.

“It’s not really up to me,” Foster said. “It’s kind of a day-by-day thing. They kind of tell me what to do. I just deal with the hour in front of me and go from there.”

Foot woes: Short of starting to dive out of the way, there is not much the Edmonton Oilers could do about the recent rash of foot injuries.

J.F. Jacques and Colin Fraser returned to the lineup on Thursday after both taking pucks off the foot. Shawn Horcoff is still out.

“I don’t think there’s anything you can do about it,” Jacques said. “It’s the kind of injury that maybe you have 10 times in the year and it’s that one time that’s going to make you miss a couple of games.

“Guys are used to playing with bruises like that, but if it’s a little deeper and a bone bruise than it’s tough to put weight on it.”

Much like Jacques, Fraser knew there was something wrong after taking a shot off the foot against the Phoenix Coyotes a week ago.

“I’ve been hit with the puck 500 times in the foot,” Fraser said. “All the times I’ve taken in the ankle, never before did one make me sit out.

“But I took one on the inside of the foot and was done. It’s one of those things, that is just hit me in the right spot.”

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