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Veteran defenceman Ryan Whitney is expected to be out of the lineup for three weeks with a sprained...

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Veteran defenceman Ryan Whitney is expected to be out of the lineup for three weeks with a sprained knee.

The bad (good?) news comes from Joanne Ireland. With seven of the next eight games on the road, many of them against top-notch opponents, Whitney's absence puts the Oilers in a tough spot. On the plus side, it gives Theo Peckham a chance to re-establish himself as an everyday player.