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The Great Edmonton

GretzkyEDMONTON, Alberta -- Greetings and Salutations from Canada's City of Champions, the home of the Oilers, the Eskimos, and once more, the junior league Oil Kings.

Quick update on the Florida Panthers, who play the host Oilers tonight at the Northwoods Coliseum.

-- Richard Zednik, whose ugly crash into the boards after scoring a sweet short-handed goal, seems OK. Zednik iced his bruised back and practiced during the afternoon skate.

-- David Brine, who is a candidate to start at Rochester, was flown back to the South Florida to be looked at team medical personnel after injuring a thumb in Monday's 3-0 victory at Calgary.

-- Mike Van Ryn says he slightly pulled his groin and will not play tonight. Van Ryn says its nothing serious, but there's no reason for him to further risk injury in a meaningless exhibition.

-- It looks like Tomas Vokoun gets the start in goal tonight, and JM says backup David Shantz may or may not get a chance to play (I think he plays in the third at least). JM says his main concern is getting his two goalies (Vokoun and Craig Anderson) work in the preseason. Anderson will start Thursday's game in Chicago. Anderson was acquired from the Blackhawks in a draftday trade last summer.

-- Part of Florida's off-ice workout Monday included sprinting the steps at Edmonton's football stadium.

-- Updates to come tonight off the game.

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