Smid happens: Oil lose D-man at practice — The Edmonton Oilers may have lost another defenceman to injury, only this time it happened in practice.

Early in the team skate on Thursday, Ladislav Smid and Ethan Moreau got tangled up and fell heavily into the end boards. Moreau got up, but Smid did not and had to be helped off the ice.

“I just got caught up with Ethan after a one on one drill,” said Smid. “My leg ended up being behind me a little as I lost my balance and went full speed into the boards.”

The defenceman said his knee was causing him some pain but the greater discomfort was in his right ankle. In fact, Smid left practice on crutches and he also had a walking boot on his right foot.

Smid is unlikely for Friday’s game in Dallas. He will be replaced by Mathieu Roy who is ready to go after suffering a bruised sternum in the game against Vancouver.