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"It seems like we've been wading our way into games," said Mark Letestu

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers opened the scoring for the second game in a row but failed to take command the rest of the way Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

On Thursday, Mark Letestu shined some light on the team's starts and how it's a focus point for the club.

"I think there have been times where we've been going off the start but it seems like we've been wading our way into games," Letestu, who is one point away from 200, said. "Waiting for something to happen, and to then react. I don't have an answer for that." 

The veteran noted the urgency being felt by the team.

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"Unfortunately, the way the season's gone early on, we don't have any time to do that anymore," Letestu said. "We don't have dog days anymore. We ran out of them. We have to start on time and give us a better opportunity to win games."

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan wasn't necessarily happy with his team's start at practice Thursday and used it as an anecdote.

"Today's practice was a prime example," he started. "It was designed to get going really quick, not wade in. And it took us a little while, it took a little bit of barking for us to activate and get going.

"Once we barked at them, they responded extremely well."

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