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Oilers’ Hall out 2-4 weeks with MCL sprain

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EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 24: Taylor Hall #4 of the Edmonton Oilers skates on the ice in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 24, 2014 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The Edmonton Oilers announced that Taylor Hall will miss two-to-four weeks with an MCL sprain.

This backs up an earlier report that Hall, 22, would be out longer than day-to-day but isn’t dealing with a long-term issue.

Considering how frightening his crash into the Vancouver Canucks’ net was on Saturday night, missing a few weeks certainly isn’t the worst-case scenario:

Edmonton already seemed likely to hit some highs and lows in November, but with Hall out possibly the entire month, it could be a rough time for a team that’s battling to move away from “cellar dweller” status.

Hall has been his usually productive self in 2014-15, scoring six goals and 10 points in 11 games while sending 36 shots on goal.

Oilers fans are uncomfortably familiar with the downsides of his all-out style. He’s never topped the career-high 75 games he played last season, as he was limited to 65 in 2010-11 and 61 in 2011-12 (he played all but three games in the lockout-abbreviated 2013-14 season, though).

The only minor silver lining for Edmonton is that the Oilers are fairly deep at wing. Early on, it looks like Nail Yakupov might get a big opportunity, but David Perron, Benoit Pouliot and Teddy Purcell rank among the players who could conceivably handle a promotion for at least a short amount of time.

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