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Shawn Horcoff, right, collected 50 points in his first 53 games this season. ((John Ulan/Associated Press))

Already without one of their top checking forwards, the Edmonton Oilers will be minus their leading scorer for the rest of the NHL season.

The Oilers announced Monday that No. 1 centre Shawn Horcoff will have surgery this week on his left shoulder, which he aggravated while falling awkwardly in the all-star game on Jan. 27 in Atlanta.

Horcoff, 29, played one more game before an MRI exam confirmed the injury.

"It's obviously disappointing," he said. "The MRI doesn't
lie.

"It shows there is a tear there. It was inevitable I was going to need surgery.

"It was just a matter of when. It has got to the point now where I just cannot
compete."

Horcoff has scored 21 goals and 50 points in 53 games this season.

Edmonton left-winger Raffi Torres was lost for the season in early January with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

"You make due with what you have," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish, who has been forced to deal with lengthy injuries to Torres, Sheldon Souray, Fernando Pisani and Joni Pitkanen.

"You hope guys are ready to step up. I don't get wrapped up in a bunch of self-pity.

"I don't pity our situation. We just have to go out there, suck it up and rally
around it."

With files from the Canadian Press