The news isn't good for the Oilers' defenseman, Lubomir Visnovsky, as he has suffered a separated shoulder and will be out of the line-up indefinitely, which could, in fact, mean that he is done for the remainder of the regular season. With less than ten weeks left in the season, the separated shoulder has been causing players to miss anywhere between eight to twelve weeks of late, which doesn't help the Oilers and their playoff push this Spring. Visnovsky has been placed on the Injured Reserve.
This season, Visnovsky, a Draft pick of Dennis', has 31 points in 50 games with the Oilers, including 8 goals, 5 of which were on the power play. His minutes will be hard to replace, but this could mean some good things for some of their younger defensemen and it could be a big benefit for Denis Grebeshkov, who was a Waiver Draft pick of Dale C.'s, as he'll likely see more power play time with Visnovsky out of the line-up.
The Oilers are in the thick of the playoff race, currently sitting in the last playoff spot in the West and will need players to fill the gap left behind to keep their hopes alive.
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