Zack Kassian will be out for a little while.
Coach Tipp notes that Smith left today's #Oilers practice with some discomfort but was checked out & is okay.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 24, 2021
Coach also confirms that Kassian will be out week-to-week with a lower-body injury. #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/hmPVi7Pd3d
Oilers head coach Dave Tippett confirmed that Kassian is “week-to-week” with a lower body injury in today’s post-practice media availability. Kassian sustained the injury while checking Canadiens’ team captain Shea Weber early in Wednesday’s loss. Kassian gingerly skated to the bench after colliding with Weber and did not return.
Kassian was last seen in the lineup on a line with Devin Shore and Dominik Kahun before sustaining the injury in Wednesday’s loss to the Canadiens. He’s played 27 games this year and averaged a little less than twelve minutes a game. Kassian’s game is best played when he can get under the skin of his opponents, but he’s been unable to do so with much efficiency this season. He missed five weeks of action after suffering an upper body injury after a tussle with Ottawa’s Erik Gudbranson. With three weeks remaining in the regular season, we may not see Kassian until the first round of the playoffs, or later.
Kassian is in the first year of a four year extension signed early in 2020.