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BLOG: Getting to the blue paint

by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton team hit the rink in Leduc on Monday to work out a few kinks and run some drills before their flight to Arizona.

“We’re not scoring, I think that’s the biggest thing,” said Oilers forward Jordan Eberle.

“We worked on some stuff today. I think more than anything just trying to not focus on being in the same position, trying to get roaming a bit and create some stuff. I know we have some skill on the team to put the puck in the net on the power play and we have had some success… but I think when you get in a game like that, it’s a tight-checking game, you’ve got four opportunities, you’ve got to be able to score and win the game.”

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan reiterated Eberle’s comments.

“It’s hard to score at this time of year. You’re either seeing games that are 7-1 or 1-0, 2-1. It either gets away on teams or it stays tight,” said McLellan.

“For me we had some good looks last night against Florida, including on the power play, now that we reviewed the game and it didn’t go in for us. I think we’ve got to be a little more determined in and around the blue paint… We’ve worked a lot on it, tried to improve in certain areas and for us to have success we’ve obviously got to score more than one a night but in the same breath I think we could have prevented two of those goals yesterday.”

The Oilers will face the Coyotes on Tuesday night for their third matchup of the season. Each team has won one on home ice thus far.

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