Edmonton Oilers Lose Key Defenseman to Injury

The Edmonton Oilers are likely going to be without defenseman Duncan Keith for some time as the veteran defenseman left Tuesday's game against the Dallas Stars due to injury.

The play where he hurt himself appeared to happen roughly half way through the second period. Keith was trying to make a play at the blueline and came up lame. He then skated off and slammed his stick into the boards, appearing to be frustrated from an injury. Keith left the game and did not return.

The veteran d-man played 10:37 against the Stars before departing. He was the least used defenseman of the night for the Oilers up until that point.

It was rough news for the Oilers as they are starting to get super thin on the back end. The team is already without Darnell Nurse and Slate Koekkoek, who are out multiple weeks.

As for Keith, so far in 18 games he's recorded one goal and five points in his first season with the Oilers. It hasn't been the best of starts but he's been a solid addition in Edmonton and a lot of his intangibles appear to be helping out the group. Now the team holds their breath to see how long he's out for.

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