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Oilers captain Ference out vs. Predators with head injury

Phoenix Coyotes v Edmonton Oilers

EDMONTON, AB - JANUARY 24: Andrew Ference #21 (L) and Boyd Gordon #27 (R) of the Edmonton Oilers confer between play against the Phoenix Coyotes during an NHL game at Rexall Place on January 24, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Derek Leung

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.

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