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Oilers coach Renney says Hall 'doubtful' for Thursday

Edmonton Oilers coach Tom Renney says Taylor Hall is doubtful for Thursday's game against the St. Louis Blues.
Edmonton Oilers' forward Taylor Hall, who was cut on the head by a teammate during pre-game warm-ups on Tuesday, is unlikely to play on Thursday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Edmonton Oilers coach Tom Renney says Taylor Hall is doubtful for Thursday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

Hall sat out Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after cutting his head when he accidentally made contact with a teammate during pre-game warm-ups.

The 20-year-old slipped on the ice and collided with a teammate before cutting his head on the skate of another Oilers player.

"He's doing much better. Swelling has gone down, he's got a clear head, he had a good night's sleep," Renney said Wednesday in a video post on the Oilers' website. "All that being said I would call it doubtful for (Thursday), which I don't think would surprise anyone. If you talked to Taylor he would say he's hopeful, but we'll see."

Hall, who was not wearing a helmet, had blood running down the side of his head while a trainer tried to staunch the flow.

The first overall pick in the 2010 draft, Hall has 15 goals and 16 assists in 36 games. He was facing the Blue Jackets for the first time since a March 3 game in which he broke an ankle during a fight with Derek Dorsett.

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