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BLOG: Eberle’s shootout goal boosts confidence

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

While Jordan Eberle is currently in the midst of a six-game streak in which he’s recorded no points, the Oilers winger feels it turning around.

Eberle feels the first step to sparking offence is generating more chances. The more chances you generate, the better chance one goes in. If one goes in, and you keep getting chances, more goals will come.

Against Boston, Eberle had a few looks at the net but couldn’t score in regulation or overtime. Instead, he netted the game-winning goal in the shootout, which is something that can give him a little extra skip in his step moving forward. In the end, however, it goes back to keeping your feet moving and generating chances. That’s something Eberle has felt creep back into his game as of late.

“You definitely gain confidence from that,” said Eberle. “I think more than anything, you want to generate chances. You just want to generate as many as you can a game and the odds are eventually something is going to go in your way. I thought I generated a lot more in Toronto than I had before and yesterday I generated a lot too. You’ve got to generate chances before the puck starts going in and then when it does you start just gaining confidence and things start snowballing from there.

“Obviously, I want the puck to go in really bad and I know it’s going to come. I’m confident in my ability and I’m playing with two good players. The other thing too is the whole team is kind of fighting it offensively. We’ve all got to get on the same track, going to the net and finding those goals that are hard to score.”

Eberle doesn’t feel far off from getting on the score sheet and contributing offensively.

“Right now is the most confident I’ve felt all year and you just keep generating more and more and stuff is going to come.”

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