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Taylor Hall out four weeks with knee injury

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Taylor Hall will be out around four weeks, the Oilers say. (USATSI)
Taylor Hall will be out around four weeks, the Oilers say.(USATSI)

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The Edmonton Oilers are expecting to be without Taylor Hall for four weeks after the forward sustained a left-knee injury Saturday. A knee-on-knee hit from Eric Gryba is believed to be what forced Hall to leave Saturday's game against the Ottawa Senators. The left winger left the team's road trip Sunday to have an MRI on his knee.

Hall has had some terrible injury luck, having not been able to play a full slate in any of his four NHL seasons. He played a career high 65 games as a rookie.

This injury is also awful luck for the Oilers, mired in last place in the Pacific Division. Getting out of that hole is a lot tougher without Hall, who has been a huge source of offense for the team when he's in the lineup. He has eight points in nine games this season.

Edmonton is 2-6-1 and have allowed a league-worst 36 goals this season.

The Oilers also traded away tough guy Mike Brown to the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round pick Monday. As a result, the team has recalled Ben Eager and Tyler Pitlick from the American Hockey League.

Hall's injury puts a lot more on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and Jordan Eberle to produce, especially with Sam Gagner still out with a broken jaw. Ryan Jones is likely to see more playing time with Hall out as well.

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