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Oilers D Ference out with head injury

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Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference will be out of action Sunday night against the Nashville Predators because of a head injury.

The 34-year-old suffered a head injury in the first period of the Oilers' 4-3 loss to Phoenix on Friday night .

"He took a shot in the head and they're evaluating him," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said Sunday of his defenseman.

"He's going to be greatly missed. Listen, he's our captain and competes extremely hard every night. He's been playing against the other teams' top lines a lot. That is a big hole to fill and the whole group will have to try to pick up his minutes and what he does for our team."

Ference had not missed a game this season, averaging over 21 minutes per game.
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