It's something all NHL teams will have to deal with. The H1N1 virus is bound to hit teams harder and harder as the season passes, the Oilers being no exception. On Tuesday, the Oilers released confirmation that Ladislav Smid had been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus after a number of other players had missed significant ice time due to flu symptoms. Gilbert Brule, Mike Comrie, Dustin Penner, Tom Gilbert, Smid, and Taylor Chorney were amongst just some of the players who'd admitted having issues breathing, skating, and finding the strength to play at their normal levels. Some might take this as an excuse, but it could explain why the Oilers went from being among the league leaders in goals for, to lacking any scoring ability whatsoever. One would need to look no further than a 5-2 loss to Calg ...
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