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Hall out two to four weeks

Oilers forward Taylor Hall is tended to by a trainer during a game against the Canucks at Rexall...

Oilers forward Taylor Hall is tended to by a trainer during a game against the Canucks at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., Oct. 25, 2011. (DAN RIEDLHUBER/Reuters)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:10 AM ET

EDMONTON - It was the second big jolt in three days for Taylor Hall.

First came the hit that knocked him out of the Edmonton Oilers lineup with a shoulder injury, then came news that hell be out longer than expected.

I thought I was going to be out a shorter period of time, sighed the sophomore winger, who met with the media after Edmontons 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators. But two to four weeks isnt bad. Its not like Im missing a huge chunk of games where its going to take me three or four games to get back in the swing of things. But I want to get back as quick as I can, obviously.

Hall had an MRI on his injured shoulder Monday and, despite some reports suggesting hed be back in a week to 10 days, is looking at almost a month of rehab.

Its pretty complicated, said Hall, who isnt even sure what the damage is. For me, all that matters is Im going to be healthy at some point and its not going to be too far away.

Hall got slammed into the boards Saturday in Denver by defenceman Ryan Wilson, and left the ice in obvious pain with his left arm hanging by his side. He returned later in the period, but the Avs targetted the shoulder again, with Kyle Quincey chasing him from the game for good with a well-aimed crosscheck.

It could have been worse, but his teammates say any length of time without the high-flying winger is too long.

Its part of the game, said roommate Jordan Eberle. I went through it last year and its not easy but you have to be able to stay positive. It just comes from playing hard. He plays hard and stuff like that is going to happen. He has to stay positive and get back as soon as possible.

Hes tough to replace just because of the scoring we had with the two lines, but were going to have to try and fill it if we want to be successful. We have enough depth in here that we can replace it, or try and fill it anyway.

Theyre at least glad this is something that can be repaired with rest and rehab and wont require surgery.

Its never fun, said Hall, who missed the end of last season after injuring his knee in a fight. You always want to be there for your guys, especially seeing your team lose. You want to be there to contribute.

I felt like I was really starting to get my game around, it was coming together. Its tough when it kind of ends like that. But Im going to get it as strong as possible and get ready for a good run and push for the playoffs.

Halls break-neck style leaves him susceptible to the big hit and thats what happened in this instance.

He was mad at himself for how he took the play on, said head coach Tom Renney. He knows (Wilson), hes played against him before and knows how he plays. Hes most upset with himself and how he approached that particular play.

But dont change that. Id rather encourage a guy to tone it down than try and extract something out of him that he doesnt have.

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca

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