We're not sure if Ales Hemsky will need directions to get from the dressing room to the Rexall Place ice surface on Tuesday when the Phoenix Coyotes are in town, but it has been seven months and one left shoulder surgery since we last saw No. 83 in an Edmonton Oilers sweater.

Hopefully, Hemsky will get in and out of the corners in one piece in his first NHL game since March 1.

He'll be on the right side, with rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who will be playing his fourth pre-season game, at centre and his old buddy Ryan Smyth on the left side.