Edmonton Oilers winger Jordan Eberle, who limped off the ice Tuesday after getting the first-star award, went for an MRI on his knee Wednesday.

There will be no diagnosis until Thursday, when the Oilers play the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. at Rexall Place, but his knee took a pounding in the 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators. Eberle’s knee and shoulder smacked into the boards when he was hit from behind by Ryan Ellis 48 seconds into the game and, on the last shift of the game after scoring two goals and an assist on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ marker, he appeared to twist his knee.

Eberle was icing his knee on Wednesday and, for precautionary reasons, went for the MRI.

Combined with Nail Yakupov’s sore ankle and Matt Hendricks being hobbled after taking a 100-m.p.h. shot from Nashville defenceman Shea Weber, the Oilers reached down to the farm team in Oklahoma City for two emergency forward replacements — Tyler Pitlick and Steve MacIntyre, who hasn’t played in a month (his last game was on Feb. 23 at Toronto).

The Oilers left centre Mark Arcobello (28 points in 15 games, plus-11 rating) on the American Hockey League team, even though he deserves a summons to the NHL team, because they don’t want to dig deeper into the Barons’ roster during their playoff chase with games on Friday and Saturday against the Texas Stars.