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Oilers captain Ference out vs. Predators with head injury

Jan 26, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT

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Andrew Ference has been a rock for the Edmonton Oilers this season, but he’ll be out of action tonight against the Nashville Predators and possibly longer.

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said Ference will be out with a head injury and needs to be evaluated.

“He’s going to be greatly missed. Listen, he’s our captain and competes extremely hard every night,” Eakins said. “He’s been playing against the other teams’ top lines a lot. That is a big hole to fill and the whole group will have to try to pick up his minutes and what he does for our team.”

Ference hasn’t missed a game this season and has averaged over 21 minutes per game on a team that has desperately needed his steady play. Going without him for an unknown amount of time with an injury that’s being treated like it could be a concussion makes what is already a rough season in Edmonton a little tougher.

  1. stcrowe - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Head injury? More like Ference realized, six months too late, that he signed with the Oilers as a free agent and his brain scrambled. Poor guy.

  2. ishippineapples - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Get well soon Mr. Ference.

  3. ray2013 - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    “What is already a rough season…” Does not say the half of it. They have already drafted first overall three times in four years, and now they are on pace for the WORST record on franchise history. And they have no goalie signed for next year.

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