Oscar Klefbom (infection) could be nearing a return to the lineup for Edmonton, reports Robert Tychkowski from the Edmonton Journal.
Klefbom hasn't played since Dec.11 as he sustained a broken finger then suffered the infection in his leg soon after. The Edmonton Oilers are in a tailspin at this point in time and can use any good news that they can get and Klefbom returning, would be good news for a team that doesn't have much defensive talent.
Eric Gordon indicated Wednesday that he's progressing well from Jan. 20 surgery to repair a fractured right ring finger.
Gordon was initially given a four-to-six week recovery timetable after undergoing the procedure, so it appears as though he'll be back at some point in late February or early March. Once healthy, Gordon should have little trouble displacing Bryce Dejean-Jones as the starting shooting guard, and could be in line for a regular 30-plus minute role with Tyreke Evans (knee) apparently set to undergo season-ending surgery. Due to the prominent spot in the New Orleans Pelicans ' offense he'll probably maintain upon returning, Gordon could be worth stashing in leagues that have large benches or DL spots.
Coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed at morning shootaround that Derrick Rose (general soreness) would be available for Wednesday's game against the Hawks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Rose was a surprising scratch in advance of Monday's game against the Hornets due to general body soreness, but it looks like the night off the hardwood was all time off the 27-year-old needed to recuperate. The Chicago Bulls didn't even list Rose on their injury report heading into Wednesday's matchup, so there's a high probability that he'll see a normal or even an elevated minutes load, and his usage should also increase with Jimmy Butler (knee) unavailable. Though he's largely disappointed this season, Rose has produced better, if inefficient, outings of late, as he's averaging 20.6 points (on 41% shooting), seven assists, 5.6 boards, and one steal over 34.6 minutes in his past five contests.
Jonathan Bernier will start in net Thursday against the Oilers, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports.
Bernier's last outing didn't go as planned, yielding three goals on 17 shots in relief of James Reimer in Saturday's game against the Senators. With the Toronto Maple Leafs playing a back-to-back set Tuesday and Wednesday, Bernier will get another chance between the pipes He'll look for a better showing against an Oilers club that's averaged 3.00 goals per game over five contests in February.
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