The Edmonton Oilers have placed goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin on injured reserve due to a groin issue, according to an announcement on the team's official twitter page by general manager Steve Tambellini on Wednesday.
Head coach Ralph Kreuger stated after Wednesday's practice that Khabibulin tweaked the area during the final penalty shot in the team's game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday and then re-injured in during overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.
"It was ok after the game, but the next morning it was sore. It's frustrating. I was starting to get more comfortable." - Khabibulin— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 27, 2013
The Oilers are set to begin an eight-game road trip on Thursday and Kreuger said that Khabibulin might be able to rejoin the team during the course of the trip.