March 14, 2018 3:07 pm

Oscar Klefbom to play for Edmonton Oilers while awaiting season-ending procedure

San Jose Sharks' Timo Meier (28) is chased by Edmonton Oilers' Oscar Klefbom (77) during first period NHL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday December 18, 2017.


It will likely be Oscar Klefbom’s final home game of the season Wednesday night when the Edmonton Oilers host the San Jose Sharks.

Klefbom missed the last two games to get a procedure done on his injured shoulder. He’s able to play without risking any more damage, but he will have a procedure done next week and then miss the rest of the season.

Listen below: Klefbom provides an update on his shoulder injury

“It’s going to be tough for us to make the playoffs, so if I’m going to do something, now’s the time to do it,” Klefbo said.

“I’ve been playing with this injury for many years. That’s not going to stop me. I want to be there on the ice and help them out the best way I can.”

Listen below: Oilers head coach Todd McLellan talks about Klefbom’s injury

“He will have a cleanup done. That will happen as early as next week,” head coach Todd McLellan said. “He’s come to us, and he wants to play between now and then and we’re all for it.”

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After racking up 38 points in 82 games last season, Klefbom has struggled this year and has just 19 points in 63 games.

“Hopefully it’s going to help the shoulder once and for all, and I should be 100 per cent,” said Klefbom, who expects to be play at least a couple of games on the Oilers upcoming four-game road trip.

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With Klefbom returning to action, Matt Benning will sit out with an illness. Al Montoya will start in goal.

Iiro Pakarinen is expected to play after being a healthy scratch the last two games. McLellan didn’t say which forward would come out.

Catch the Oilers and Sharks on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 6 p.m. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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