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BLOG: Eakins: Arcobello & Petry have rough nights

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins gave some candid thoughts to the performance of his team following their 6-2 loss to Phoenix.

Despite a pretty assist on David Perron's first goal of the night, Mark Arcobello was one of the few players who Eakins discussed post-game.

"Arco's been a good player for us all year," said Eakins. "Tonight I thought he was way off. I thought he had a rough, rough night. It wasn't the Arcobello that we've seen and that happens to players. You're not going to play 82 unbelievable games. That should be your goal obviously, but you understand when guys have hiccups. I'm a little hesitant to throw him totally under the bus. I thought he had an off game, they've been rare. He'll rebound. That's his fight. He's a smart player, he understands angles, he understands where he's supposed to be on the ice and when he gets those battles against those bigger men, he's going to have to use his brain and his stick more than his brawn."

Arcobello, normally known for his solid face-off skills and offensive ability, was just 36% in the face-off dot. He did finish the game with two shots and a team-high three blocks in the loss however.

Jeff Petry finished the night -2, with just one hit on the stat sheet and struggled defensively in the eyes of Coach Eakins.

When asked if he was disappointed in Petry's game, Eakins had this response:

"Yes. With the amount of minutes that he plays and the responsibility that he's given, we need more from him."

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