NHL news for a Monday night

1. OILERS EBERLE TO HAVE MRI

While the Edmonton Oilers stress that rookie forward Jordan Eberle’s ankle injury isn’t serious they are still going to arrange for a MRI. This 20 year-old, who was the Oilers 2008 first round pick is in the middle of a stellar season that has seen him score nine goals and 23 points in 36 games. “I’d hate to say how long Jordan is going to be out until we determine the results (of the MRI), but I’m sure it’s going to be a bit of time,” Oilers coach Tom Renney said. Eberle suffered the injury last weekend when his knee buckled from a hit by Calgary Flames forward Ales Kotalik.

2. ISLANDERS LOSE DIPIETRO TO INJURY

Despite winning their third game in a row on Monday night not all is perfect with the New York Islanders. In the middle of their 5-2 win in Calgary against the Flames, Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro suffered what is being called a lower body injury. This mishap occurred early in the second period with the Islanders leading 4-1. Earlier this year DiPietro who is a former 2000 first overall Islanders pick was on the disabled list due to swelling in his left knee. Replacing DiPietro was Nathan Lawson.

3. RANGERS DEMOTE DEL ZOTTO TO HARTFORD

Suffering from the dreaded sophomore jinx, the New York Rangers have decided to send defenceman Mike Del Zotto to the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Hockey League. This former 2008 Rangers first round pick had only two goals and nine points this season with a -1 rating. Last season Del Zotto burst onto the scene in scoring an impressive nine goals and 37 points.

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