Oilers' Nurse day-to-day with minor injury

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Darnell Nurse's injury doesn't appear to be serious, but it will keep him out short term.

The Edmonton Oilers' top defenseman left Friday's game against the Colorado Avalanche with a lower-body ailment and is not with the club on its two-game road trip beginning Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Nurse's injury is "nothing major," Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said Sunday, according to The Athletic's Daniel Nugent-Bowman.

Asked if Nurse will be ready for the start of the playoffs, Woodcroft said: "We'll see."

Here's the play where Nurse appeared to get hurt:

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman offered a more optimistic update during Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday.

"I think it's just (rest and relaxation)," Friedman said on the broadcast. "It doesn't sound like they are so concerned at all. He will be ready for the playoffs, if not sooner."

Nurse has nine goals and 26 assists in 71 games this season. The 27-year-old leads all Oilers skaters with 25:03 of average ice time.

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