Edmonton Oilers Receive Tough Injury News Regarding Workhorse Forward

Edmonton Oilers forward Mattias Janmark's injury during Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings has raised concerns about his availability for the rest of the series, as he is now expected to be sidelined for the remainder of Round 1 and maybe more, if the Oilers advance.

Janmark took a shot off his right foot, and although he played through the game and finished with 22 shifts and 14:52 of ice time, he did not participate in the team's full skate practice the following day.

Oilers' head coach, Jay Woodcroft, was vague about Janmark's availability, citing "maintenance reasons" for his absence.

Janmark has been an important member of the Oilers, providing defensive value and contributing three shorthanded goals this season. The Oilers may opt to use 11 forwards and seven defensemen, a lineup they have frequently used under Woodcroft's coaching.

Expect to see even more Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl tonight.

Philip Broberg is expected to be the seventh defenseman if Janmark is unable to play.

Janmark's injury comes as a blow to the Oilers, who are looking to bounce back from a disappointing Game 1 loss, a game they led 3-1 in the third period.

However, injuries are a part of the game, and the team will need to adjust its strategy to compensate for Janmark's absence. The Oilers have depth and talent on their roster, and they will need to lean on those strengths to overcome this setback and secure a victory in the rest of the series. Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports