Forward Esa Tikkanen will be lost to the Edmonton Oilers for the next three months because of a broken shoulder, the NHL team said yesterday.
Tikkanen, who had struggled with 12 goals and 16 assists in 38 games, was injured Saturday in a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames after being hit into the boards.
Originally, Tikkanen's injury was described by team doctor Gordon Cameron as a bruise. "There's no sign of dislocations," he told an Edmonton newspaper.
But yesterday, the Oilers released a statement in which team surgeon Dr. David Reid said Tikkanen will require surgery to repair the damage.
Forward Anatoli Semenov, who also was hurt Saturday, suffered a mild shoulder separation, the Oilers said. He and goaltender Bill Ranford, who pulled a groin muscle Saturday, are out of the lineup on a day-to-day basis.
Goaltender Peter Ing and forward Martin Rucinsky were called up from the Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate at Sydney, Nova Scotia, to replace the injured players.