BREAKING: Oilers lose CRITICAL player for rest of series

Terrible news. They're going to have to dig deep to replace his minutes.

BREAKING: Oilers lose CRITICAL player for rest of series

CRUNCH. That’s about all Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera heard when Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf stapled him to the side boards just six minutes into the teams’ critical game 5 matchup. 

Seeker appeared to injure his shoulder on the play and didn’t return for the balance of the game, a game in which the Oilers blew a 3-0 lead and could have desperately used the veteran’s steadying presence on the blue line. However, the news gets worse for Oilers fans: he’s done for the series. 

Head coach Todd McLellan confirmed this morning that Sekera’s status hasn’t changed from game 5 and he’ll sit for tonight’s game and beyond, if required. It’s a tough break for the Oilers who need all the help they can get if they’re going to rally from one game down against a punishing Ducks squad. It’s expected that Eric Gryba will draw into the lineup in Sekera’s place, but asking him to fill Sekera’s minutes is a pretty big ask. Fingers crossed, Oil fans!