Taylor Hall thought he might need another day to rest his hamstring, however, the Edmonton Oilers winger felt so good the morning of the game, he decided to suit up against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“I was happy the way it felt on the ice,” said Hall prior to the contest. “The medical staff left it up to me and I felt I was comfortable enough to play. There was the option of missing this game and coming back the next. I felt good enough out there where I felt I’d be cheating myself if I didn’t play.”

Hall had missed the Oilers previous contest in Minnesota, having injured his hamstring in St. Louis two nights earlier.

He was able to practise with the Oilers after arriving in Columbus Monday, giving him hope that it would hold up Tuesday.

Hall finished against the Blue Jackets with an assist, having played nearly 16 minutes in the game.

“I wouldn’t be back if I was worried about re-injuring it,” Hall said. “It’s something that you have to take care of. In a season like this, you’re going to have little injuries that you have to take care off and as we close out this trip I’m going to have to manage. This is a little bump in the road and hopefully it doesn’t become a nagging injury.”

Oilers debut

Mike Brown got an opportunity to play with his new team for the first time Tuesday.

The Oilers newest acquisition skated on a line with Ryan Smyth and Ben Eager against the Blue Jackets, earning just over 11 minutes of ice time.

“Mike is going to be great for us,” said Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger. “You can see with his speed that’s something that’s going to help the kind of game we want to play with our depth lines.

“He was lining up some good hits, you can see he’s a smart player. He was asking good questions all day today. It’s tough to jump into a system like this. He’s already a great teammate to have with our group.”

Brown, 27, was acquired by the Oilers Monday from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick.